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Research interests

Dr Peter Hemming is a sociologist of education, childhood/youth and religion. His research interests focus on religion/spirituality and education (including faith schools, collective worship and mindfulness), children's and young people's religious/non-religious lives and identities, schools and citizenship/diversity, and ethnographic and child-/youth-centred research methods.

He is currently co-investigator on a large-scale Leverhulme Trust funded project on understanding mindfulness in modern life (including in educational settings). Peter is also leading a research impact and engagement project on diversity of religion and belief in schools, which includes a free guidance and resource pack for primary schools in England and Wales.

Peter has written over 20 items in peer-reviewed journals and scholarly books. His monograph: Religion in the Primary School: Ethos, Diversity, Citizenship, was published by Routledge in 2015. Peter is currently a member of the editorial board of Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education, and was previously a co-editor of British Educational Research Journal and a member of the associate editorial board of Sociology.

 

Scholarly biography

Peter was appointed Reader in Education at the University of Brighton in May 2020, having previously worked at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer from 2011-2020. Prior to this, he worked for two years as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research, Brunel University and for a short time as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University in London.

Peter's academic background is in Sociology and Human Geography, and he completed his PhD and MA at the University of Leeds, and his BA at the University of Sheffield. He is currently a member of the British Sociological Association. Peter is also a former primary school teacher, having taught in Lewes, East Sussex, and holds a PGCE Primary (5-11 yrs) from the University of Brighton. He gained a PGCert in University Teaching and Learning from Cardiff University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 

Supervisory Interests

Peter is interested in supervising PhD and EdD students on a broad range of topics in the fields of sociology of education, childhood/youth and religion. He has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Religion/spirtuality and education (including faith schools, collective worship and mindfulness)
  • Children's and young people's (non-) religious lives and identities
  • Schools, citizenship and diversity (in relation to religion or more broadly)

If you are interested in undertaking doctoral study with Peter, please feel free to get in touch, preferably with a CV and a 1-2 page proposal outlining your ideas.

Peter has previously supervised the following doctoral candidates to successful completion, and has contributed to a range of other supervisory teams:

  • Amber Fensham-Smith: Online networks in home schooling (2012-17)
  • Elena Hailwood: Mindfulness in schools (2016-20)

He has examined a number of doctoral theses, including in an internal and external capacity.

 

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Research Output

Amrywiaeth Crefydd a Chred: Canllawiau a phecyn adnoddau ar gyfer ysgolion cynradd yng Nghymru a Lloegr

Translated title of the contribution: Diversity of Religion and Belief: : A guidance and resource pack for primary schools in England and WalesHemming, P., Hailwood, E. & Stokes, C., Aug 2018, Caerdydd. 60 p.

Research output: Book/ReportProject report

Open Access
File
  • Diversity of Religion and Belief: A guidance and resource pack for primary schools in England and Wales

    Hemming, P., Hailwood, E. & Stokes, C., Apr 2018, Cardiff: Cardiff University. 60 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportProject report

    Open Access
    File
  • Faith Schools, Community Engagement and Social Cohesion: A Rural Perspective

    Hemming, P. J., 24 Feb 2018, In : Sociologia Ruralis. 58, 4, p. 805-824

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Religious Citizenship in Schools in England and Wales: Responses to Growing Diversity

    Hemming, P. J. & Hailwood, E., 25 Aug 2018, The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education. Peterson, A., Stahl, G. & Soong, H. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-15

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

    Open Access
    File
  • Childhood, youth and non-religion: Towards a social research agenda

    Hemming, P. J., 6 Feb 2017, In : Social Compass. 64, 1, p. 113-129

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Activities

    Diversity of religion and belief in primary schools: Research making an impact?

    Peter Hemming (Presenter)
    Jul 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Diversity of religion and belief in schools in England and Wales

    Peter Hemming (Presenter)
    Jul 2018

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Researching religion with children and young people

    Peter Hemming (Presenter)
    Jul 2018

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    Faith schools, difference and community cohesion: ruralising the debate

    Peter Hemming (Presenter)
    Aug 2017

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Church schools, educational markets and the rural idyll

    Peter Hemming (Presenter), Christopher Roberts (Presenter)
    Apr 2017

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation