Dr Joseph (Joe) Hall
Department of Sociological Studies
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Department of Sociological Studies
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.
(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.
- Sexual(ities that) progress : introduction. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.
- Teaching geographies of sexualities: 20 years on. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 44(2), 179-187.
- Permissible progress: Sexual(ities that) progress in and beyond English primary schools. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.
- ‘The Word Gay has been Banned but People use it in the Boys’ Toilets whenever you go in’: spatialising children’s subjectivities in response to gender and sexualities education in English primary schools. Social & Cultural Geography, 21(2), 162-185.
- Approaching “sensitive” topics: criticality and permissibility in research-led teaching about children, sexualities, and schooling. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 44(2), 248-264.
- ‘This feels like a whole new thing’: a case study of a new LGBTQ-affirming school and its role in developing ‘inclusions’. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 22(12), 1320-1332.
- ‘Other spaces’ for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) students: positioning LGBTQ-affirming schools as sites of resistance within inclusive education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39(8), 1195-1209.
- (Re)Conectando o nexo: percepҫão de jovens Brasileiros sobre o nexo água-energia-alimento. Educaҫão em foco, 23(3), 963-988.
- Young People and Sexuality. Global Studies of Childhood, 4(4), 247-549.
- (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
- 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
- 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.