Emeritus Professor Pat Sikes

Cert Ed, BEd, PhD

School of Education

Professor Emeritus of Qualitative Inquiry

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Emeritus Professor Pat Sikes
School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
S10 2GW
Research interests

As Professor Emeritus I continue to be involved in research, writing, out-reach, and consultancy. My academic career began in 1978 and since then my interests have been around: qualitative, and especially narrative and auto/biographical approaches, to research and its re-presentation; research ethics; and social justice issues. In September 2018 I was awarded the John Nisbet Fellowship by the British Educational Research Association for an outstanding contribution to educational research over a career and as far as I can I hope to continue to live up to this honour.

In 2022, in ‘retirement’, as well as being grandma to 4 amazing little people who are teaching me so much about life and living, I am involved in the following activities:

  • a study in collaboration with Professor Caroline Gelman at Hunter College, City University of New York, and Dr Mel Hall from MMU, looking at how people at risk of inherited dementias make decisions about whether to have genetic testing
  • working with the Further and Higher Education Authority in Malta, in the field of research ethics and accreditation of higher education institutions
  • acting in a consultant capacity for the UK Research Integrity Office (https://ukrio.org)
  • active membership of the Alzheimer’s Society Research Network and the Three Nations Dementia Working Group
  • I am on the editorial boards of the British Educational Research Journal, the International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Qualitative Research, and the Qualitative Research Journal


Edited books

  • Goodson I, Sikes P, Antikainen A & Andrews M (Eds.) (2016) The Routledge International Handbook of Narrative and Life History. London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sikes PJ (Ed.) (2013) Autoethnography. London: Sage. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sikes P & Piper H (Ed.) (2011) Ethics and Academic Freedom in Educational Research. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sikes PJ, nixon J & Carr W (Eds.) (2003) The Moral Foundations of Educational Research: Knowledge, Inquiry and Value. Maidenhead: Open University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • (Ed.) () Storying the Public Intellectual. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Sikes P & Hall M (2018) "It'd Be Easier If She'd Died'': Researching and Reporting "Taboo'' Issues. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol. 17(1) (pp 50-50) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sikes P & Hall M (2018) "You Start Grieving Even When They're Standing Right in Front of You": The Grief of Children and Young People Who Have a Parent With Young Onset Dementia. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, Vol. 17(1) (pp 28-28) RIS download Bibtex download