Dr Joseph (Joe) Hall

Department of Sociological Studies

Research Associate

Dr Joe Hall

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Dr Joseph (Joe) Hall
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Joe transferred to the Department of Sociological Studies in November 2019 to continue working on the ESRC-funded project Living Gender in Diverse Times which he had been employed on as Research Fellow at the University of Leeds since April 2018. This interdisciplinary research explores young people’s understandings, experiences, and practices of gender in contemporary UK as this intersects with sexuality, class, race, age, dis/ability and religion in spaces of families, intimate relationships, peer groups, schools, employment, leisure, media, and online. From April 2020, Joe will also be leading a British Academy/ Leverhulme funded project exploring the negotiation of LGBT-inclusive primary education with Professor Robert Vanderbeck (University of Leeds) and Professor Sally Hines (University of Sheffield). 

Previous appointments include Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Northampton on an international and interdisciplinary ESRC-funded project (Re)Connect the Nexus: Young Brazilians’ experiences of and learning about food-water-energy (with universities of Birmingham, Leicester, and UNESP Guaratingueta, SP, Brazil) and Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Hull on a Spencer Foundation funded project Radical Inclusivity/Exclusivity: Reconsidering ‘exclusive’ schools and their role within ‘inclusive’ education. This international and interdisciplinary project involved fieldwork in the UK and U.S. and provides new insights into schools that educate LGBTQ children as part of ‘separate’ provision.

Joe is an Editorial Board Member for the Children's Geographies journal and he peer-reviews for several social science journals.

Research interests
  • Children, childhood and youth
  • Gender and sexualities (including intersections with other social identities)
  • Education and schooling
  • Equalities and inclusion
  • Qualitative and mixed methods

Joe's ESRC Open Competition doctoral research explored The Formation, Implementation and Reception of Gender and Sexualities Education in English Primary Schools (University of Hull) and post-doctoral research at the universities of Hull, Northampton, Leeds and Sheffield have extended these interests to include young people and adults, secondary/Further Education/Higher Education, out-of-school settings, gender/sexual/racial/religious/disabled/classed identities, ‘exclusive’ schools and 'inclusive education', environmental education, and the food-water-energy nexus in contexts spanning UK, US, and Brazil.

Research projects

(As Research Associate): Living Gender In Diverse Times: young people's understandings and experiences of gender in the UK today (https://living-gender.leeds.ac.uk/)

(As Principle Investigator): Negotiating difference: understanding how sexual and religious British values are being negotiated in providing LGBT-inclusive primary education.


Journal articles


  • Dellenty S (2019) (Contributions to) Focusing as a team; Implementation; Evaluation and realignment In Dellenty S (Ed.), Celebrating Difference A whole-school approach to LGBT+ inclusion Bloomsbury Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hall J & Hope M (2018) Lost in Translation: Naming practices and Public Feelings towards “Gay Schools” In Talburt S (Ed.), Youth Sexualities: Public Feelings and Contemporary Cultural Politics [2 volumes] ABC-CLIO RIS download Bibtex download

Scholarly editions

  • Hall J (2020) Teaching primary school children about LGBT+ relationships: is the government taking the right approach?. The Conversation. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

I have been employed as a temporary Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Brighton where I taught at first, second, and third year undergraduate level (including conveying a third-year module on Geographies of Genders, Sexes and Sexualities). I also supervised undergraduate dissertations, acted as a personal tutor, and assisted with local and overseas field trips. I have also been a Human Geography Teaching Assistant at the University of Hull and an undergraduate/postgraduate guest lecturer at numerous HE institutions.