Alexandra McVicar-Payling

Alex’s PhD is exploring the limits and possibilities of universities as agents of change in realizing just cities. She is focused on the social organisation of knowledge production in the university in relation to its contribution to social justice, with reference to gender and economic strategies. Alex is supervised by Tim May and Rowland Atkinson.


Formerly from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Alexandra spent a number of years living in the British military community in Germany and the UK before relocating to Sheffield. Alexandra completed a BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations (1st) at the University of Sheffield and then, also a MSc Politics with Research Methods (part-time) whilst providing home-based care and education for her two young children. Whilst studying, Alexandra conducted research in the Department of Politics as well as in the public sector. Her work has included looking at the British Government’s response to the Arab Spring; collecting survey data for a project on political participation and contributing to a co-authored report examining the extent that the economic growth strategy for the Sheffield City Region was gender-aware.


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