Dr Caroline Sarojini Hart, BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd, MPhil, PhD

Lecturer in EducationPhotograph of Caroline Hart
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 8178
Email: c.hart@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: 8.04, School of Education

Research

Research interests

Caroline Hart is a member of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, in the School of Education, and she is also a member of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth within the University of Sheffield. Caroline Hart has a range of active research interests related to the roles of education and health in human development. She is an inter-disciplinary researcher and her conceptual work has been principally concerned with notions of aspiration, capabilities, well-being and social justice.

Caroline’s recent empirical work has focused on UK higher education policies, educational practices in schools and post-16 education, centred around the nature of transition and holistic notions of development. Theoretically, Caroline’s research builds on Amartya Sen’s capability approach, Social Quality Theory and the sociological thinking of Pierre Bourdieu. Caroline has recently been leading a group of international colleagues to complete a new edited volume on agency and participation in childhood and youth. This work reflects Caroline’s concern with thinking about the promotion of human development both inside and beyond formal educational institutions.

Current research

Child Poverty and Human Development

Caroline is an international partner on a 3-year research project led by the University of Salzburg to examine social justice and child poverty. The project is funded by the FWF - Austrian Science Fund and will run from April 1, 2014 until March 31, 2017. For further details of the team and project activities visit the website.

The Social Contexts of Food Practices in Primary Schools

Caroline is principal investigator on this project researching school food policy and practices in primary schools in the context of the national School Food Plan (2013) and wider education initiatives to promote educational engagement, attainment and child health. Visit the website for details of the national context for this project.

Activities

Teaching

Caroline is a qualified teacher and worked in secondary schools in the UK, Malaysia and Italy before moving into higher education in the UK. She has extensive experience of research supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate level and previous posts include being programme coordinator for the Masters in Politics, Development and Democratic Education at the University of Cambridge. Caroline currently teaches and supervises students on the EdD and MA programmes in the School of Education. She specialises in higher education and has a key role in delivering the higher education strand of the EdD programme.

Professional roles

Caroline has worked as an international consultant to the UNDP on education, youth and development, being involved recently in work related to the 2014 Human Development Report for Panama (see the executive summary of the final report, ‘The Future is Now: Early Childhood, Youth and the Formation of Skills for Life’). She has also recently advised on research evaluation work for Crianca Esperanca in Brazil. Caroline regularly reviews book proposals and articles for peer-reviewed journals including the Cambridge Journal of Education, International Journal of Educational Development and the International Journal of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. She holds the following professional memberships and roles:

  • Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
  • Member of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA)
  • Council Member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education
  • Member of the Sheffield Food Executive Group
  • Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • Member of the Society for Studies in Higher Education (SRHE)
  • Member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)
  • Co-director of the HDCA Children and Youth Thematic Group
  • Co-Director of the HDCA Education Thematic Group
  • Member of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy policy fellows’ network
  • Member of the Public Health Hub
Publications

List of publications by Dr Caroline Sarojini Hart

Indicative publications

Hart, C.S. (2014) The Capability Approach and Educational Research, in Hart, C.S., Biggeri, M. & Babic, B. (eds), Agency and Participation in Childhood and Youth: International Applications of the Capability Approach in Schools and Beyond, London: Bloomsbury.

Hart, C.S. (2014) Agency, Participation and Transitions Beyond School, in Hart, C.S., Biggeri, M. & Babic, B. (eds), Agency and Participation in Childhood and Youth: International Applications of the Capability Approach in Schools and Beyond. London: Bloomsbury.

Hart, C.S. (2013) Education and Policies on the Aspirations of Young People, expert paper commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme in preparation of the Panama National Human Development 2014.

Hart, C.S. (2012/2014) Aspirations, Education and Social Justice: Applying Sen & Bourdieu. London:Bloomsbury. [hardback/paperback]

Hart, C.S. (2012) The Capability Approach and Education, Cambridge Journal of Education. Special Issue on the Capability Approach and Education, September, 42(3), pp.275-283.

Hart, C.S. (2012) Aspirations, Education and Social Justice: Applying Sen and Bourdieu, Research Intelligence, RI 117, Spring 2012.

Hart, C.S. (2011) Thinking, Being, Doing: Capabilities in Relation to Decision-Making and Transitions Beyond School in the UK, Paper presented at the 2011 Conference on Children’s Capabilities and Human Development, University of Cambridge, April 11-12 [conference proceedings].

Hart, C.S. (2010) Having it Both Ways: How Can We Develop Quality and Quantity in Education Without Compromising Human Flourishing? International Conference on Human Development, Amman, Jordan, September 2010 [conference proceedings].

Hart, C.S. (2009) Quo Vadis? The Capability Space and New Directions for the Philosophy of Educational Research, Studies in Philosophy & Education, 28 (5), pp391-402.

Hart, C.S (2008) What Can Young People Tell Us About Promoting Equality and Inclusion Through Widening Participation in Higher Education in England? International Conference on Human Development, Delhi, India, September 2008 [conference proceedings].

Hart, C.S. (2007) The Capability Approach as an Evaluative and Developmental Framework for Education Policy: The Example of Widening Participation in Higher Education in England, Prospero, (13) pp.34-50.


Recent invited papers

Hart, C.S. (2014) Education and the Capability Approach, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law, University of Leeds, July.

Hart, C.S. (2014) The School Food Plan and Developing Professional Practices in Schools, invited speaker, Public Health Network Showcase Event, University of Cambridge see http://www.publichealth.cam.ac.uk/2014-network-showcase-event-27th-may/ for details.

Hart, C.S. (2013) Aspirations and the Capability Approach: Implications for Public Policy, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge, November.

Hart, C.S. (2013) The Capability Approach and ‘Development as Freedom’, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, November.

Hart, C.S. (2013) Aspirations and the Capability Approach: Health and Education, ScHARR, University of Sheffield, March.

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