Staff Profile:Dr. Karen Jones

Dr Karen Jones
Job Title:
Associate Professor

Institute of Education Responsibilities:

  • Director of the EdD Programme
  • Member of the Senior Management Group (SMG)
  • Lead for Staff Wellbeing
  • Member of the Research committee
  • Member of the Post Graduate Research Committee
  • Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (IoE)
  • Member of Ethics Review Committee
  • Member of Promotions Committee

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • PhD and EdD supervision
  • Educational Leadership & Management (EDM173)
  • Leadership in Education (ED2BLE)
  • Contribute to Post Graduate Research Methods modules and the Doctoral training programme
Areas of Interest:

Expertise and Research Interest:

I am an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, with specific interests in two key areas: first, women’s leadership, second, the learning of leadership through lived experience and taught interventions. Specific expertise includes:

  • Women’s careers
  • Gender and intersectionality, particularly relating to ethnicity
  • Identity, identity work, identity regulation
  • Sexism and gender stereotypes
  • Postfeminism
  • Neoliberal institutions, organisational control, and neoliberal subjectivity
  • Feminist and critical perspectives.

I am experienced in:

  • Qualitative research - lived experience, autobiographical narrative and storied accounts, semi-structured interviews, focus groups.
  • Quantitative research – longitudinal studies, surveys, secondary analysis of national survey data and other large-scale surveys.

PhD and EdD Level Supervision offered in these areas

In the areas outlined above.

Current PhD / EdD Students, with Topics/Titles of their Research:

As first supervisor

  • Areej Makki M Al-Jahani (with Dr Chris Turner) A narrative study of identity, leadership and empowerment of female academics in higher education sector of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Empowerment.
  • Nasreen Majid (with Professor Alan Floyd) Exploration of the metamorphosis of identities of teachers who become mathematics specialist teachers in England.
  • Charmaine Lynch (with Dr Chris Turner) An investigation into the perceptions of the barriers and enablers for deputy and assistant head teachers when considering a primary headship, within Hampshire.
  • Jiayi Zhao (with Professor Carol Fuller) Women’s career strategies and motivations in the pursuit of higher education leadership in China.
  • Meliha Sakin (with Professor Alan Floyd) Exploring Instructional Leadership practices in secondary schools in Turkey and the UK.
  • Fatima Zhara Abbou (with Dr Billy Wong) Women’s leadership in Higher Education in Algeria.
  • Clare McCullagh (with Dr Catherine Foley) Career trajectories and motivation for pursing professional recognition of their teaching in higher education.
  • Wasilatu Harruna-Adam (with Dr Billy Wong) A Phenological study of the Lived Experience of Children with A Disability in Ghana.
  • Sarah Sherwood (with Professor Cathy Tissot) Emotion Work: the impacts when leading schools for young people with autism.
  • Hailz Osborne (with Professor Carol Fuller) The Golden Ticket – a study of masculinities in an elite boys’ school.
  • Sarah Marston (with Professor Carol Fuller) Female headteachers in UK secondary education: leadership identities and authenticity.
  • Mourourhan Arifoglu (with Rachel Roberts) Woman and Leadership: opportunities and challenges in UK Higher Education for women in different career stages.
  • Lara Wilkinson The impact of performance accountability and marketization on secondary school leaders in the independent sector.
  • Maddie Best Paternity rights in Independent Schools in England.

As second supervisor

  • Kat Hall (with Professor Alan Floyd) An analysis of the lived experiences of healthcare professionals working in split roles in clinical practice and University (TI) (blended clinical and academic identity).
  • Beljeet Daffu (with Professor Alan Floyd) Exploring leaders professional identities and career trajectories in a private HEI.
  • Emad Alotaibi (with Professor Alan Floyd) Leading Rural Schools in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities and Challenges.

Current and Recent Research Projects:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Funded project: ‘Leadership and Diversity in Higher Education’. Involved research to support UoR goals and targets for equality in leadership, specifically the gender and BAME balance in professorial, senior grade roles and university committees.
  • Secondary analysis of global survey data to investigate women’s experiences of maternity breaks from academia.
  • Secondary analysis of global survey data to examine post-doctoral careers.
  • Research into the personal and societal impacts of the Alana House Enrich Project.
  • Gender and football: girls and women’s football from the playground to the professional game.
Research groups / Centres:
  • Prosperity and Resilience Theme
  • Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education Research Group
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Recent Conference and Symposia Presentations:

  • Chair and contributor: International Conference on Gender Research (ICGR), The reality of a maternity Career Break from Academia - evidence from a global survey with female academics, July 2020.
  • Invited Speaker: Dasein Leadership, Diversity & inclusion in Higher Education Leadership, Oxford, 2019.
  • Invited Panel Speaker: Open Research Conference, Reading, UK, April 2019.
  • International Conference on Gender Research, Gender Stereotyping and Unconscious Bias in Education, Rome, Italy. Apr 2019.

Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • Experienced External Expert and Advisor in the validation and revalidation of higher education programmes and periodic review processes.
  • Experience collaborating with and providing consultancy to public and private organisations.
  • Organisations: Welsh Government, Plymouth City Council, NHS Leadership Academy, Chartered Management Institute, Institute of Leadership and Management, Open University, Eton College
  • Former Guest Editor of Journal Administrative Sciences
  • Journal reviewer.
  • Reviewer of major grants e.g. UKRI.


  • Principal Applicant and Principal Investigator: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project (UROP), University of Reading. Higher Education Leadership gaps - understanding the underrepresentation of women and BAME groups in professorial and senior leadership roles (£1,320). 2020.
  • Principal Applicant and Principal Investigator: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project (UROP), University of Reading. Using Graphic Research Methods in Diversity and Inclusion research (£1,320). 2020.
  • Applicant and Principal Investigator: ‘Leadership and Diversity in Higher Education’, funded by Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fund, University of Reading (£987.10). 2019-20.
  • EERA funded international seminar - Academic Careers: PhD graduates and Employability in- and outside Academia (£275). 2019
  • Co-Investigator: Two Projects - Gender Equality and Gender Intelligence. Eton College (£27,000). 2017-18.
  • Co-applicant: Community outreach project, funded by Widening Participation, University of Reading (£4,000). 2017.
  • Principal Applicant and Principal Investigator: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project (UROP), University of Reading. Taking a maternity break from academia: the perceptions, implications and experiences of women returning to academia (£1,320). 2017.
  • Principal Applicant and Principal Investigator: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project (UROP), University of Reading. Academic Career Breaks: post-doctorate hell – rhetoric or reality (£1,320). 2017.
  • Principal Applicant and Principal Investigator: Tackling stereotypes, sexism and unconscious biases in teaching and learning. Teaching and Learning Development Fund (TLDF), with Institute of Education, Department of Economics, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Statistics (£500) 2016-18.
  • Principal Applicant and Principal Investigator: NHS ‘Organisational Leadership Development (OD) Training’, Post Graduate Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership. (£150,000) Funded by NHS Leadership Academy South West. 2013-15.
  • Community and Primary Care Workforce Development Tender. Co-ordinated Lot 7- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Lot 10 Leadership. (circa £500,000) Funded by Health Education South West. 2015.
  • Principal Applicant and Principal Investigator: ‘Learning to Lead in the Public Sector’ (£2,500) Funded by Plymouth University Seed Corn Fund. 2014.
  • LEAD Wales Expansion - ‘Leadership Wales’ (£600,000): Made a significant contribution to bid awarded to Swansea University (partner to Bangor University in ‘LEAD Wales’) funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). 2013.
  • Principal Applicant and Principal Investigator: Developing Strategic links between Higher Education and the Third Sector in Wales, Strategic Insight Programme (£7,000). Funding awarded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). 2013.
  • Co-Applicant and Co-Investigator: Determining the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People Living with a Parent or Guardian with a Chronic Condition (£10,000). Funding awarded by the Office of the Chief Social Research Officer, Welsh Government. 2009.

Personal Achievements:

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).


BA Hons (First Class), PhD, Cert Ed, HEDip

Professional Affiliations:

  • International Leadership Association (ILA)
  • ILA Woman and Leadership Affinity Group
  • British Educational Leadership, Management & Administration Society (BELMAS)
  • Member BELMAS Gender and Leadership Interest Group
  • Gender and Education Association (GEA)
  • British Academy of Management (BAM)

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