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Dr Rossana Perez del Aguila Coda

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Professional biography

Professional Biography

I joined the Social Policy and Criminology Department in 2019.  Prior to my current role as Staff Tutor/Lecturer, I was Senior Faculty Manager in Social Sciences. I also worked at the Department of Education, London Metropolitan University teaching qualitative research methods modules from undergraduate to doctoral level. I was the Course Leader of the Master in Education and the Doctorate in Education programmes, and the Postgraduate Research Lead of the School of Social Sciences and Professions.

In my early career as a Researcher, I worked at Cardiff University, Lancaster University and Sheffield University. I was also  Senior Researcher at the Learning and Skills Network (LSN) managing/delivering educational projects, and conducting research and evaluation studies in Further and Higher Education. Here I was responsible for the management of the operational requirements of key national educational programmes.

Research interests

My main research interest is the pedagogy of social research methodologies, educational issues, and children and young people’s lived experience.

Teaching interests

I am currently Deputy Chair of the module: Social research: Crime, justice and society (DD215) and since January 2023, I am the Postgraduate Research Convenor of Social Policy and Criminology.  I was member of the DD215 module production team, DD212 and DD105 module presentation team, and DD105 Mid-Life Review Team. I am also an Associate Lecturer tutoring the module: Issues in research with children and young people (EK313) in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS).

I welcome PhD students interested in educational research (including higher education), childhood research, and students who are willing to contribute to the theoretical and methodological advancements in the sociology of education and sociology of childhood.

Currently supervising:

  • Exploring marginalisation and the use of voice and the implications for education and career: A qualitative study of Black young people in London.
  • How do teachers and students experience the gifted and talented initiatives in an Austrian primary school? A qualitative study.

Previously supervised:

  • The role of graduate recruitment in the employability agenda: A qualitative case study of undergraduate business education at a Russel Group University.
  • How do two-year-old construct outdoor play as part of the two-year-old offer? A multimodal ethnographic study of an inner London nursery during the global pandemic. 
  • Developing a coherent theoretical framework for Forest School in the UK.
  • Developing a systemic, relationship pedagogy in social work education.
  • Becoming ‘NEET’: an exploration of marginalised young people’s trajectories and experiences.
  • Children’s lives across the Anthropocene: reconsidering the place of modern childhood in education studies through the scholarship of taking ‘a wider look around’.                                                                                                         


The development of an interdisciplinary theoretical framework for Forest School in the United Kingdom (2024-04)
Knight, Sara; Coates, Janine Kim; Lathlean, Judith and Perez-del-Aguila, Rossana
British Educational Research Journal, 50(2) (pp. 905-922)

Children's Perceptions of Participation Within Their Families: Listening to Children of Bolivian Families Living in Madrid (2023-06-09)
Perez-del-Aguila, Rossana; Aguirre, Patricia Rodriguez and Blanco, Jimena Cuba
In: Frankel, Sam ed. Establishing Child Centred Practice in a Changing World, Part B. Emerald Studies in Child Centred Practice (pp. 141-163)
ISBN : 978-1-80455-940-6 | Publisher : Emerald Publishing Limited

'No choice' but remote learning: non-traditional students making sense of social research methods (2023)
Perez-del-Aguila, Rossana; Allison, Heather and Kazmi, Naveed
In: Nind, Melanie ed. Handbook of Teaching and Learning Social Research Methods (pp. 255-271)
ISBN : 978 1 80088 426 7 | Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing