Department of Education

James Robson

Departmental Lecturer in Higher Education and Associate Director of SKOPE

College Affiliation: St Antony's College

James Robson is Departmental Lecturer in Higher Education and Associate Director of SKOPE.

He is course leader for the MSc in Higher Education and co-impact lead for the department.

James has spent more than a decade working in educational policy and research funding. His current research focuses on the intersection between higher education, professional learning and training systems; skills supply and demand, employability, and graduate labour markets; digitalization; and social mobility

Funded Research Projects:

  • Graduate Destinations and the Value of Humanities Degrees

  • 2019

    Funded by Oxford University Humanities Division

  • Employability Skills and the CREATE Framework

  • 2018

    Funded by The Edge Foundation

  • Analysing the Impact of the Oxford Martin School

  • 2018

    Funded by the Oxford Martin School

  • Foundation Years and Widening Participation in Elite HE

  • 2017-18

    Funded by Oxford University Seedcorn Fund and Irish Research Council

  • Building an Evidence Network for Community Health Worker Training

  • 2017-18

    Funded by HEFCE and GCRF

  • Evaluation of Wiserd Education

  • 2017

    Funded by HEFCW

  • Harnessing Research on Education in the UK: Analysis of the Educational Research Landscape

  • 2016-17

    Funded by Royal Society and British Academy

  • Decision-making around educational digital infrastructure

  • 2016

    Funded by Oxford University Small Grants Fund

Doctoral Applications

James welcomes doctoral applications from students interested in the following research areas:

  • The intersection between HE, professional learning, training systems and VET
  • Skills demand and supply, graduate employability, and graduate labour markets
  • AI, digitalisation and skills supply
  • Social mobility, Widening Participation and Access to HE

Publications:

  • Featured Publications

    • O'Sullivan, K, Robson, J, Winters, N (2019) “'I feel like I have a disadvantage': how socio-economically disadvantaged students make the decision to study at a prestigious university”, STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2018.1460591

    • O'Sullivan, K, Byrne, D, Robson, J, Winters, N (2019) “Who Goes to College via Access Routes? A Comparative Study of Widening Participation Admission in Selective Universities in Ireland and England”, SOCIAL INCLUSION.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.17645/si.v7i1.1647

    • ROBSON, JAMES, RANDHAWA, A, KEEP, E (2018) Employability Skills Development in Studio Schools: Investigating the use of the CREATE Framework. London: The Edge Foundation.

    • Robson, J, O'Sullivan, K, Winters, N (2017) Black students on going to Oxbridge: ‘it’s not even asked or pushed for, it’s just assumed no one is applying’. The Conversation.

  • Book chapters

    • ROBSON, JAMES, WINTERS, N, O'Sullivan, K, Hannon, C (2018) “Migrating innovations across national boundaries: Starting early access interventions in the United Kingdom”, In: W Chen, EP St John, X Li, C Hannon (eds.) Actionable Research for Educational Equity and Social Justice Higher Education Reform in China and Beyond. London: Routledge.

    • Robson, J (2017) “Participant Anonymity vs Participant Observations: situating the researcher within digital ethnography”, In: M Zimmer, K Kinder-Kurlanda (eds.) Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Cases and Challenges. Oxford: Peter Lang.

    • Robson, J (2017) “Online Networking: the future of RE Teacher CPD?”, In: M Chater, M Castelli (eds.) We Need to Talk About RE. London: Jessica Kingsley.

  • Conference papers

    • ROBSON, JAMES, RANDHAWA, A (2018) Employability Skills in Vocational Education: investigating the use of the CREATE Framework.

    • ROBSON, JAMES (2018) ‘Changing Lenses: Examining new approaches to widening participation at Oxford University’ Oxbridge Exchange Keynote.

    • ROBSON, JAMES (2017) ‘Employability Skills and Widening Participation in Elite HE Institutions’.

    • Robson, J Teachers’ Peer-to-peer Online Engagement: a critical look at the structures embedded in online social space. (Oxford)

    • Robson, J Technology and Innovation in Education: a critique of the discourses that dominate the field. (Reading)

    • Robson, J Politics, Performance and Participation: a digital ethnography of Religious Education Teachers’ Engagement in Online Social Spaces. (University of Oxford)

  • Journal articles

    • O'Sullivan, K, Robson, J, Winters, N (2019) “'I feel like I have a disadvantage': how socio-economically disadvantaged students make the decision to study at a prestigious university”, STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION. 44(9) 1676-1690.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2018.1460591

    • Wilde, S, Sonley, A, Crane, C, Ford, T, Raja, A, Robson, J, Taylor, L, Kuyken, W (2019) “Mindfulness Training in UK Secondary Schools: a Multiple Case Study Approach to Identification of Cornerstones of Implementation.”, Mindfulness. 10(2) 376-389.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-018-0982-4

    • O'Sullivan, K, Byrne, D, Robson, J, Winters, N (2019) “Who Goes to College via Access Routes? A Comparative Study of Widening Participation Admission in Selective Universities in Ireland and England”, SOCIAL INCLUSION. 7(1) 38-51.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.17645/si.v7i1.1647

    • O'Sullivan, K, Bird, N, Robson, J, Winters, N (2019) “Academic identity, confidence and belonging: The role of contextualised admissions and foundation years in higher education”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL. 45(3) 554-575.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3513

    • Robson, J (2018) “Performance, structure and ideal identity: Reconceptualising teachers' engagement in online social spaces”, BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY. 49(3) 439-450.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12551

    • Robson, J (2017) “A Strategic Approach to Research in RE.”, RE Today: Professional Reflection.

    • Robson, J (2016) “Engagement in structured social space: an investigation of teachers' online peer-to-peer interaction”, LEARNING MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY. 41(1) 119-139.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2015.1102743

    • Moulin, D, Robson, J (2012) “Doing God in a liberal democracy”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 38(5) 539-550.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2012.722863

  • Internet publication

    • Robson, J (2017) Reconceptualising the place of non-religious worldviews in RE: moving beyond dichotomous thinking. RE Matters.

    • Robson, J, O'Sullivan, K, Winters, N (2017) Black students on going to Oxbridge: ‘it’s not even asked or pushed for, it’s just assumed no one is applying’. The Conversation.

    • Robson, J (2016) Research in Religious Education: What is it, who should do it, and how should it be shared?. RE Matters.

    • Robson, J (2016) What are the big ideas in Religious Education?. RE Matters.

    • Robson, J (2015) Epistemic Change in RE: how we got here and where we’re going. RE:Online.

    • Robson, J (2012) Fear and the Internet. Oxford Ed Tech.

  • Reports

    • ROBSON, JAMES, RANDHAWA, A, KEEP, E (2018) Employability Skills Development in Studio Schools: Investigating the use of the CREATE Framework. London: The Edge Foundation.

    • ROBSON, JAMES, OANCEA, A Approaches to Impact in Research Funded by the Oxford Martin School. Oxford: Oxford Martin School.

  • Other

    • Robson, J Being a Teacher in the Digital Age: a report on teachers’ professional engagement in online social spaces, Briefing paper for the DfE.

    • Robson, J Oancea, A., Fancourt, N., Robson, J., Thompson, I., Childs, A., (2017) Evaluation of WISERDEducation: Report for HEFCW. Cardiff: HEFCW.

    • Robson, J Mills, D., Oancea, A. and Robson, J. (2017) Harnessing Research on Education in the UK. Report to the Royal Society and British Academy Joint Enquiry on Educational Research. London: Royal Society / British Academy.

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