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Dr Jo Rose

Dr Jo Rose

Dr Jo Rose
BSc, PhD(Leic.)

Senior Lecturer in Education

Office 1.16
Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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+44 (0) 117 331 4109


Jo is a social psychologist in education, and is particularly interested in understanding how young people's trajectories through education can best be supported. Her specific research interests include educational partnerships; inter-professional collaboration; widening participation; and aspirations of young people. More broadly, Jo is particularly interested in issues around professional and organisational activity, professional identity, and engagement of stakeholders in education and support services. She is also interested in aspirations and achievement of young people, particularly young people from contexts where high attainment and progression through education is not necessarily the norm. 

Jo has a broad range of expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and has used both extensively over the course of her research career. 

Jo is interested in supervising doctoral students in any of the broad areas listed above, with particular interests in educational partnerships and collaborative working, and in widening participation and aspirations. In addition, Jo and Shelley Mckeown Jones supervise a number of students together: we bring complementary interests, and diverse expertise in a broad range of methodological approaches. Our shared focus on how differences in socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds can impact on the likelihood of positive trajectories and outcomes means that we offer potential students the opportunity to join an exciting and dynamic group of researchers. 

Jo is on the advisory group for the Centre for Research in Education Across Boundaries.



Jo Rose comes from a social psychology background, and since 2006 has been carrying out research in how best to support young people's trajectories through education. Her research interests include inter-professional collaboration and educational partnerships; widening participation in higher education; and understanding educational contexts to support achievement and aspiration. Her work has been well-received by practitioners, schools, and local authorities, who have used her findings at workshops and seminars to help them reflect on and develop their own practice. Prior to 2006, Jo carried out research in school and teacher effectiveness, and teacher professional development.

Jo joined the Graduate School of Education at Bristol in December 2009. 


As well as teaching on the courses listed, Jo is personal tutor to students on the Psychology in Education pathway, and supervises a number of EdD and PhD students.

Jo welcomes expressions of interest from PhD applicants in the research topics listed on her overview page, and particularly in the areas of: 

  • Widening participation
  • Aspirations of young people
  • Educational partnerships
  • Inter-professional collaboration


  • inter-professional working
  • inter-disciplinary working
  • partnerships
  • collaborative working
  • aspirations
  • widening participation
  • social justice
  • inequalities in education
  • inclusive education
  • parental engagement
  • quantitative methods
  • qualitative methods.


  • British Psychological Society (Graduate Member).

Recent publications

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Dr Rose currently teaches 4 courses:

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