Dr Kim Allen

Dr Kim Allen


An interdisciplinary feminist researcher, my research is located at the intersections of youth studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

I have published widely on issues including: youth and graduate transitions; educational inequalities; representations of class and gender in popular culture; and the cultural politics of austerity.  My co-authored book - Celebrity, Aspiration and Contemporary Youth: Education and Inequality in an Era of Austerity – was published by Bloomsbury Press in 2018.

I have worked on a range of research projects, including: ‘Celebrity Culture and Young People’s Classed and Gendered Aspirations’ (ESRC);  Young women’s transitions in austerity (British Academy); and ‘Living Gender in Diverse Times’(ESRC). 

I sit on the editorial board of journals including: British Journal of Sociology of Education; Journal of Youth Studies; and Cultural Sociology.


  • Deputy Director of Research (DoRI)
  • Module Convenor - Reality TV: Truth or Fiction
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Professional memberships

  • HEA (Fellow)
  • BSA

Student education

I teach on several modules across the school at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on topics including:

  • the sociology of gender
  • educational inequalities and identities
  • youth culture and sub-cultural studies
  • gender, the media and popular culture
  • research methods (qualitative)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

Current postgraduate researchers

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