Kate studied English at Cambridge and then was an outreach worker in adult literacy, employed by the Council for Racial Equality in London for many years. Her PhD was on literacy practices in homes, with anthropologist Brian Street at King’s College, London. Her research has been concerned with literacy practices in communities, drawing on arts and humanities methodologies. She has been involved with many projects funded through the AHRC Connected Communities programme including, 'Writing in the home and in the street', 'Language as Talisman', 'Transmitting Musical Heritage', 'Communicating Wisdom' Co-producing Legacy, 'Imagine' and 'Taking Yourself Seriously'. All of these projects have been co-produced with community partners and have involved drawing on the knowledge within communities to work together to produce living knowledge.
Her publications have drawn on literary theory, New Literacy Studies and social anthropology and her research continues to explore the intersections between arts methodologies and community cohesion. Her book on literacy practices in Rotherham, 'Materializing Literacies in Communities' (2014) is published by Bloomsbury Academic.
EDUCATION AFTER SCHOOL
1981 - 84 Jesus College, Cambridge BA
1991 - 93 Nottingham University
1994 - 96 Institute of Education
1999 - 2003 School of Social Science and Public Policy, King’s College, London
BA Hons. 2:1 in English, Jesus College Cambridge 1984
Certificate in Education in the Teaching of Adults, Nottingham University 1993
MA in Literacies in Education, Institute of Education, Distinction 1996
PhD, Kings College, London 2004
Professor of Literacies in Education, University of Sheffield
1999-2001 Family Literacy tutor, City and Islington College.
1994-1999 Senior Information and Research Officer, National Literacy Trust.
1989- 1995 Managing Editor and Poetry Editor, Critical Quarterly.
1988-1994 Literacy outreach worker, Hammersmith and Fulham Council for Racial Equality.
1985-1988 Adult literacy tutor for the ILEA
Kate studied English at Cambridge and then was an outreach worker in adult literacy, employed by the Council for Racial Equality in London for many years. Her PhD was on literacy practices in homes, with anthropologist Brian Street at King’s College, London. Her research has been concerned with literacy practices in communities, drawing on arts and humanities methodologies. She has been involved with many projects funded through the AHRC Connected Communities programme including, ‘Writing in the home and in the street’, ‘Language as Talisman’, Transmitting Musical Heritage’, ‘Communicating Wisdom’ Co-producing Legacy, ‘Imagine’ and ‘Taking Yourself Seriously’. All of these projects have been co-produced with community partners and have involved drawing on the knowledge within communities to work together to produce living knowledge. Her publications have drawn on literary theory, New Literacy Studies and social anthropology and her research continues to explore the intersections between arts methodologies and community cohesion. Her book on literacy practices in Rotherham, ‘Materializing Literacies in Communities’ (2014) is published by Bloomsbury Academic.
E. Campbell, K. Pahl, E. Pente, Z. Rasool (2018). Re-imagining Contested Communities Connecting Rotherham Through Research. Policy Press.
K. Facer, K. Pahl (2017). Valuing interdisciplinary collaborative research: Beyond impact.
K. Facer, K. Pahl (2017). Introduction.
K. Pahl (2015). Foreword.
J. Rowsell, K. Pahl (2015). The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies. Routledge.
K. Pahl (2014). Materializing Literacies in Communities The Uses of Literacy Revisited. Bloomsbury Publishing.
K. Pahl, J. Rowsell (2010). Artifactual Literacies Every Object Tells a Story.
K. Pahl, J. Rowsell (2006). Travel Notes from the New Literacy Studies Instances of Practice. Multilingual Matters.
K. Pahl, J. Rowsell (2005). Literacy and Education: Understanding the New Literacy Studies in the Classroom. Sage Publications.
K. Pahl, P. Evans Virtual centrality: Young people making meaning from research in a widening participation context. Research for All. 2(2), pp.393-410.
K. Pahl, S. Pool (2018). Re-Imagining Artistic Subjectivities within Community Projects. Open Library of Humanities. 4(2), pp.1-22.
H. Escott, K. Pahl (2017). Learning from Ninjas: young people’s films as a lens for an expanded view of literacy and language. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
DM. Bell, K. Pahl (2017). Co-production: towards a utopian approach. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 21(1), pp.105-117.
AC. Hackett, K. Pahl, S. Pool (2017). In amongst the glitter and the squashed blueberries: Crafting a collaborative lens for children’s literacy pedagogy in a community setting. Pedagogies: An International Journal. 12(1), pp.58-73.
K. Pahl (2016). The University as the “Imagined Other”: Making Sense of Community Co-Produced Literacy Research. Collaborative Anthropologies. 8(1-2), pp.129-148.
B. Marshall, K. Pahl (2015). Who owns educational research? Disciplinary conundrums and considerations: A challenge to the funding councils and to education departments. Qualitative Research Journal. 15(4), pp.472-488.
R. Flewitt, K. Pahl, A. Smith (2015). Methodology matters. Literacy. 49(1), pp.1-2.
C. Burnett, G. Merchant, K. Pahl, J. Rowsell (2014). The (im)materiality of literacy: the significance of subjectivity to new literacies research. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 35(1), pp.90-103.
K. Pahl (2014). The Aesthetics of Everyday Literacies: Home Writing Practices in a British Asian Household. Anthropology and Education Quarterly. 45(3), pp.293-311.
K. Pahl (2012). Every Object Tells a Story. Home Cultures. 9(3), pp.303-327.
K. Pahl (2012). “A reason to write”: exploring writing epistemologies in two contexts. Pedagogies: An International Journal. 7(3), pp.209-228.
K. Pahl, S. Pool (2011). 'Living your life because it's the only life you've got': Participatory research as a site for discovery in a creative project in a primary school in Thurnscoe, UK. Qualitative Research Journal. 11(2), pp.17-37.
K. Pahl, C. Allan (2011). ‘I don’t know what literacy is’: Uncovering hidden literacies in a community library using ecological and participatory research methodologies with children. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. 11(2), pp.190-213.
B. Dicks, R. Flewitt, L. Lancaster, K. Pahl (2011). Multimodality and ethnography: working at the intersection. Qualitative Research. 11(3), pp.227-237.
K. Pahl (2009). Interactions, intersections and improvisations: Studying the multimodal texts and classroom talk of six- to seven-year-olds. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. 9(2), pp.188-210.
K. Pahl, A. Pollard (2008). `Bling — the Asians introduced that to the country': gold and its value within a group of families of South Asian origin in Yorkshire. Visual Communication. 7(2), pp.170-182.
J. ROWSELL, K. PAHL (2007). Sedimented identities in texts: Instances of practice. Reading Research Quarterly. 42(3), pp.388-404.
K. Pahl (2007). Creativity in events and practices: a lens for understanding children's multimodal texts. Literacy. 41(2), pp.86-92.
H. Dombey, S. Ellis, K. Pahl, M. Sainsbury (2006). Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy1. Literacy. 40(1), pp.29-35.
K. Pahl (2006). Birds, frogs, blue skies and sheep: an investigation into the cultural notion of affordance in children’s meaning making. English in Education. 40(1), pp.20-35.
V. Bird, K. Pahl, C. Taylor (2005). Literacy: Editorial. Literacy. 39(2), pp.57-58.
K. Pahl, S. Kelly (2005). Family literacy as a third space between home and school: some case studies of practice. Literacy (formerly Reading). 39(2), pp.91-96.
K. Pahl (2004). Narratives, artifacts and cultural identities: An ethnographic study of communicative practices in homes. Linguistics and Education. 15(4), pp.339-358.
K. Pahl (2002). Ephemera, Mess and Miscellaneous Piles: Texts and Practices in Families. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. 2(2), pp.145-166.
K. Pahl, P. Ward (2017). Re-visioning exclusion in local communities. In: Building better societies: Promoting social justice in a world falling apart. pp.95-110.
K. Facer, K. Pahl (2017). Future directions. In: Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research: Beyond Impact. pp.233-244.
K. Pahl, K. Facer (2017). Understanding collaborative research practices: A lexicon. In: Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research: Beyond Impact. pp.215-231.
K. Pahl, H. Escott, H. Graham, K. Marwood, S. Pool, et al. (2017). What is the role of artists in interdisciplinary collaborative projects with universities and communities?. In: Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research: Beyond Impact. pp.131-152.
K. Pahl, S. Pool (2017). “Can we fast forward to the good bits?”: Working with film: Revisiting the field of practice. In: Community Filmmaking: Diversity, Practices and Places. pp.245-262.
S. Pool, K. Pahl (2015). The work of art in the age of mechanical co-production. In: After Urban Regeneration: Communities, Policy and Place. pp.79-94.
K. Pahl (2014). Its about living your life”: Family time and school time as a resource for meaning making in homes, schools, and communities. In: Time and Space in Literacy Research. pp.47-62.
K. Pahl, J. Rowsell (2013). Artifactual literacies. In: New Methods of Literacy Research. pp.163-176.
M. Grenfell, D. Bloome, C. Hardy, K. Pahl, J. Rowsell, et al. (2013). Language, Ethnography, and Education Bridging New Literacy Studies and Bourdieu. In: Language, Ethnography, and Education: Bridging New Literacy Studies and Bourdieu. Routledge, pp.89-109.
K. Pahl, C. Burnett (2013). Literacies in Homes and Communities. In: International Handbook of Research on Children's Literacy, Learning, and Culture. pp.1-14.
K. Pahl, J. Rowsell (2013). Artifactual literacies. In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy, Second Edition. pp.263-278.
K. Pahl (2013). Children's popular culture in the home: Tracing cultural practices in texts. In: Popular Literacies, Childhood and Schooling. pp.29-53.
J. Rowsell, K. Pahl (2013). After writing: Rethinking the paths to composition. In: Multimodality and Social Semiosis: Communication, Meaning-Making, and Learning in the Work of Gunther Kress. pp.162-174.
K. Pahl (2009). Changing literacies: Schools, communities and homes. In: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Policy and Practice: Decolonizing Community Contexts. pp.58-71.
K. Pahl (2008). Looking with a different eye: Creativity and literacy in the early years. In: Desirable Literacies: Approaches to Language and Literacy in the Early Years, Second Edition. pp.140-161.
K. Pahl (2007). Tracing habitus in texts: Narratives of loss, displacement and migration in homes. In: Pierre Bourdieu and Literacy Education. pp.187-208.
K. Pahl (2004). Narrative spaces and multiple identities: Children's textual explorations of console games in home settings. In: Popular Culture, New Media and Digital Literacy in Early Childhood. pp.94-109.
Feeling Odd in the World of Education PI Rachel Holmes, Co-Is Kate Pahl, Amanda Ravetz, Becky Shaw 2018-2021 AHRC
'Taking Yourselves Seriously’: Artistic Approaches to Social Cohesion (PI) with Zanib Rasool and Andrew McMillan (Co-Is) in collaboration with ARVAC Feb 2017-Jan 2018 AHRC Connected Communities Follow on funding £78,895
Ways of Neighbourhood Working and Knowing (Co-I) Antonia Layard (PI) and Sue Brownhill, Craig Watkins, Simon Davoudi and Helen Graham in collaboration with the DCLG 2015-2016 ESRC Seminar Series, £26,560
Co-producing Legacy (PI) With Amanda Ravetz, Helen Graham, Steve Pool (Co-Is) 1st February 2014 – end January 2015 AHRC Connected Communities Development grant
Community Arts Zone (CAZ): Projects linking literacy, community and the arts
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Insight Development Grant
Co-applicant with Dr Jennifer Rowsell (PI), Brock University, Canada
with Professor Joanne Larson, University of Rochester and Professor Kris Gutierrez, University of Bolder, Colorado, US and Abigail Hackett (RA) 1st Jan 2014 – end Dec 2015 SSHRC Insight Grant.
$72.621.00 for two years.
The Social, Historical, Cultural and Democratic Context of Civic Engagement: Imagining Different Communities and Making Them Happen
(PI since 2014, inherited from Graham Crow, previously lead Co-I on WP 3)
Lead Co-I’s Sarah Banks, Angie Hart and Paul Ward. 2013-2017 ESRC Connected Communities Large Grant £2,272,180
Researching Community Heritage Co-I Robert Johnson (PI) and Brendan Stone (Co-I) 1st February- end January 2014 AHRC Connected Communities Development grant £59,158
Transmitting Musical Heritage
PI with Richard Steadman-Jones, English Co-I, Fay Hield, Music, Research Associate together with David Judge and John Ball and three community music organisations, Arts on the Run, Soundpost and Babelsongs. 1st February – end January 2014 AHRC Connected Communities/HLF development grant
Ways of Knowing
Co-I with Dr Helen Graham, Fine Art, University of Leeds (PI) together with Professor Sarah Banks, University of Durham, Dr Catherine Durose, University of Birmingham, Dr Johan Siebers, University of Central Lancashire, Dr Niamh Moore, Dr Katie Hill, Dr Tessa Holland, Steve Pool artist, Dr Andy Dearden and community partners. 1st February – end January 2014 AHRC Connected Communities Development Grant
Communicating Wisdom: Fishing in Youth Work
Co-I with Johan Siebers, University of Central Lancashire, PI and Richard Steadman-Jones, English, Co-I, Steve Pool, artist, Hugh Escott, RA, Andrew McMillan poet, and Rotherham Youth Service 1st February 20-13 – end January 2014 AHRC Connected Communities Development Grant
Connected Communities Policy Review: Community Governance in an Age of Decentralisation
PI with Dr Steve Connelly and Professor Gordon Dabinett, Department of Town and Regional Planning, Co-I’s with Stuart Muirhead and Dave Vanderhoven, RAs and Steve Pool, artist. 1st November 2012 – end April 2013 AHRC Connected Communities programme
Language as Talisman
PI with Jane Hodson, Richards Steadman-Jones, English and David Hyatt, Education, Co-I’s with Hugh Escott, RA, Deborah Bullivant, Steve Pool, Cassie Limb, Andrew McMillan, artists and poet. February – November 2012 AHRC Connected Communities Development Grant £31,739
“Social Parks” Urban Green Space as a focus for connecting communities and research
Co-I with Dr Rebecca Wade, University of Albertay, Dundee, PI and a team including contemporary scientists, anthropologists, and urban and town planners. December 2010 – December 2011 AHRC Connected Communities funded £37,790
Writing in the Home and in the Street.
Co-I with Dr Richard Steadman-Jones, Department of English, PI, with Dr William Gould, History, Leeds, Co-I with artists Irna Qureshi, Zahir Rafiq and Steve Pool. October 2010 – November 2011 ARHC Connected Communities funded £39,912
Artefacts and narratives of migration: Rotherham museum collections and the Pakistani community of Rotherham
PI with Andy Pollard, RA and Zahir Rafiq, advisor Jan 2006 –March 2007 Arts and Humanities Research Council, diasporas, migration and identities small grants programme
2016- Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) peer review panel member
2015 - Member of ESRC Peer Review College (UK)
2010 - Member of AHRC Peer Review College (UK) and the AHRC
• Research for all
• Journal of Literacy Research
• Journal of Early Childhood Literacy (2008 -)
• Literacy (2004 -)