Joanna Bragg


Tel: 0161 275 4493

IMG_4884Joanna has worked in the field of educational research for over 20 years, initially as Research Assistant and, since 2007, as Research Associate in the School of Education at Manchester University. She has now joined the From Boys to Men project team in the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law. Joanna has been involved in a diverse range of educational studies, employing many different research methods from the large scale national longitudinal survey of primary and secondary schools, the Monitoring Curriculum and Assessment project, conducted for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (1997-2007) to in-depth case studies, focus groups and individual interviewing.

Joanna has been involved in national studies with a focus on educational leadership, including the ESRC funded research Distributed leadership and the social practices of school organisation in England (2009-11) which involved using Q-methodology alongside interviews and observations to construct detailed school case study portraits that examined professional practice, decision-making and the dynamics of change over a year. She also conducted in-depth school case studies for three major research projects funded by the National College of School Leadership; Leadership for promoting the achievement of children with special educational needs and disabilities (2009-10), Provision of Research into the Effective Models of Leadership (2007) and Evaluation of the School Bursar Development Programme (2007-2010).

Joanna has also worked on research projects relating to urban education and the study of schools operating in areas of significant social deprivation, such as a recent evaluation of the Department for Education’s Pupil Premium funding; studies focused around special educational needs including a study of therapeutic interventions used by Educational Psychologists; and is currently researching the Experiences of Students with Special Needs at Post Primary School in the Republic of Ireland, on behalf of the National Council for Special Education.