Gillian studied social anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies before completing her Master's and PhD degree in the Social Anthropology of Children and Child Development in the Centre for Child-Focused Anthropological Research (CFAR) at Brunel University. In 2006, Gillian published an ethnographic monograph, entitled Educational Failure and Working Class White Children in Britain, based on her PhD research about the post-industrial docklands of Southeast London. The book generated national debate about the position of the white working classes in Britain, and Gillian went on to publish further work about the relationship between social class, race, ethnicity and multiculturalism in Britain.
Gillian held a Research Council UK Fellowship from 2007-2012 in the Centre for the Study of Social and Economic Change (CRESC), at Manchester, and undertook a long-term ethnographic study of the planning and delivery of the Olympic Legacy in the post-industrial East End of London. Gillian has now published a new ethnographic monograph based on this research.
Marisol Verdugo Paiva - Imagining the Future: youth, class and sexuality in Conception, Chile
Rodrigo Calvet - Becoming a Subject in the Favelas of Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Alexandra Albert - Citizen Social Science and the Mass Observation Survey
Alexander Parkinson - Sustainable Investments in the Financial Services Sector
Sofia Druker - Education and Aymara Identity in Chile
Ana Paul Silva - Brazilian Cleaners in London
Camilla Morelli - Indigenous Childhood in Peruvian Amazonia - completed 2014
Ana Raissa Trinidad - Indigenous Education in the Philippines - completed January 2013
Laura Luna – Multicultural Education in Moss Side, Manchester - completed July 2010
Current Teaching: 2016/17
SOAN 30371 The Anthropology of Childhood and Education
SOAN 20822 Political and Economic Anthropology