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Professor Madeleine Arnot FAcSS

Emeritus Fellow, Director of Studies for the PGCE, Acting Director of Studies for the Education Tripos (Easter Term 2019)
Emeritus Professor in Sociology of Education
Sociology of Education

Madeleine Arnot is Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Academic interests

Madeleine Arnot's academic interests include:

  • Migration and education
  • The education of refugee children
  • Social Inequalities in education
  • Gender studies in education.

Degrees obtained

  • MA Hons, Sociology, Edinburgh University.
  • PhD, Sociology of Education, Open University.

Awards and prizes

  • Fil Doc, Uppsala University.
  • Society for Educational Studies Prize 2011, for Education, Asylum and the 'Non-Citizen' Child: the Politics of Compassion and Belonging.


Madeleine Arnot began her career at the Open University in 1975 (under the name MacDonald) focussing specifically on social class issues. She developed theories of gender codes and schooling focusing on the history of coeducation, the curriculum, family and schooling, youth cultures and identities which were published in Reproducing Gender? Essays on educational theory and feminist politics. In 2000 she also explored what pupils say about learning in primary and secondary schools.

In the 1990s, she researched gender and citizenship issues in Europe, focusing on student teachers' political awareness in Greece, Spain, Portugal, and England and Wales. She contributed to the international Steering Group for UNESCO Education for All: Gender Monitoring Project, and joined the UNGEI expert panel on Girls' Rights, Gender Equality and Education.

In 2005 she led the five year empirical research project Youth, Gender and Citizenship in India, Kenya, Ghana, and Pakistan,. She has published Educating the Gendered Citizen along with a sequence of policy briefs and research articles on the project. She is a member of the editorial board of International Studies in Sociology of Education and editor of the Routledge series on Education, Poverty and International Development.

In 2004, she established the Research Consortium on the Education for Asylum-Seeker and Refugee Children, jointly publishing Education, Asylum and the 'Non-Citizen' Child: the politics of compassion and belonging. She jointly edited Education, Mobilities and Migration: people, ideas and resources and led the Bell Foundation project on School Approaches to the education of EAL students: language development, social integration and achievement (2014) and co-authored the second report entitled Language Development and School Achievement: opportunities and challenges in the education of EAL students.

In 2008, she was awarded a honorary doctorate by the University of Uppsala, Sweden for her contribution to democratic education. In 2016 she was invited by the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and by the University of Cologne and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology to offer expert advice on the integration of newly arrived children.

In 2013 she co-founded, with Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, the Cambridge Migration Research Network. They are launching the interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement in October 2018. She is currently writing a book with Dr Halleli Pinson from Ben Gurion University, Israel, on Schooling and the Challenge of Child Mobility: competing moralities in the context of security, rights and inclusion.

In 2018, she was appointed as one of the Commissioners for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission by the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development.

Other interests

French language, family history, biographies, contemporary film.

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Publications, links and resources

Recent publications include:

  • Arnot, M. Schneider, C., Welply, O. eds (2016) Education, Mobilities and Migration: people, ideas and resources, London: Routledge.
  • Swartz, S. and Arnot, M. eds (2012) Youth Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging, London: Routledge.
  • Arnot, M. ed (2012) The Sociology of Disability and Inclusive Education: a tribute to Len Barton, London: Routledge.
  • Pinson, H., Arnot, M. and Candappa, M. (2010) Education, Asylum and the 'Non-Citizen' child: the politics of compassion and belonging, London: Routledge.
  • Arnot, M. (2008) Educating the Gendered Citizen: sociological engagements with national and global agendas, London: Routledge.
  • Fennell, S. and Arnot, M. eds (2008) Gender Education and Equality in a Global Context: conceptual frameworks and policy perspectives, London: Routledge.
  • Moore, M. Arnot, M., Beck, J. and Daniels, H. eds (2006) Knowledge, Power and Social Change: applying the sociology of Basil Bernstein, London: Routledge.
  • Arnot, M. and Mairtin Mac an Ghaill, M. eds (2006) Gender and Education Reader, London: Routledge.
  • Arnot, M., McIntyre, D., Peddar, D. and Reay, R. (2003) Consultation in the Classroom: pupil perspectives on teaching and learning, Cambridge: Pearson Publishers.
  • Arnot, M. (2002) Reproducing Gender? Critical essays on educational theory and feminist politics, London: Routledge.
  • Arnot, M. and Dillabough, J. eds (2000) Challenging Democracy? International perspectives on gender, education and citizenship, London: RoutledgeFalmer.
  • Arnot, M., David, M., and Weiner, G. (1999) Closing the Gender Gap: post-war education and social change, Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Arnot, M. and Weiler, K. eds (1993) Feminism and Social Justice in Education: international perspectives, Lewes: Falmer Press.

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