Sam Whewall is a PhD student in the sociology of education at the University of Bath and a postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is currently (until September 2018) a policy intern at the Department for Education in Westminster.

“My research relates to the sociology and geography of education. I explore how young people’s real and imagined geographies shape their higher education trajectories and participation, and how this varies across socioeconomic groups. I am also interested in the individual’s sense of social and spatial proximity to (and distance from) places and people, and how this bears on their choices after compulsory education. Using participatory cognitive mapping methods, I am working with British youth in state, semi-private, private and elite international schools in the UK, Cyprus and Singapore to explore how different ‘scales of imagined geographies’ shape youth transitions into higher education.”

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