Molly Warrington

Emeritus Fellow
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Year Joined Homerton: 
  • Senior Lecturer in Geography and Education, Homerton College, 1993-1998; Admissions Tutor, 1995-1998
  • Principal Lecturer in Geography and Education and Subject Studies Team Leader, Homerton College, 1998-2001
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, 2001-2014; Director of Undergraduate School, 2001-2004
  • Director of Studies in Geography: Homerton College 2001-2014; King’s College 1995-2012; Girton College 1993-1995 (and College Lecturer); Lucy Cavendish College – various years
  • Fellow of Homerton College, 2003-2016; Emeritus Fellow, 2016-present
  • Director, Avanti Schools Trust, 2017-present
Research Interests: 

Social geography, with a focus on social inequalities. Previous research into homelessness, geographies of domestic violence in England and changing patterns of refuge provision through time and space.

Education, focusing initially on the gender gap in education – co-director of a 4-year research project funded by central government, working with around 60 schools across England, in a range of socio-economic contexts. Followed by various smaller projects: aspirations among students from backgrounds without experience of higher education; geographies of masculinity and femininity among fifteen-year-olds in rural, suburban, small city and inner city contexts; education as a possible route from exclusion to inclusion within Britain’s ‘new economy’.

From 2008, with funding from the Centre for Commonwealth (formerly located within the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge): (i) led 4-year longitudinal study on ‘girls against the odds’ in Kenya and Uganda, working in some of the most deprived areas to track 100 girls in each country through their final years of primary school; subsequent intervention projects in Kenya through NGO, focused on child and gender rights; (ii) 5-year research and intervention programme on gender and achievement in Eastern Caribbean.

Teaching And Professional Interests: 
  • Postgraduate supervision in Department of Geography in Human Geography and Multidisciplinary Gender Studies
  • Lecturing and supervision in Human Geography at all levels of the Geographical Tripos
  • MA University of Cambridge
  • PhD University of Cambridge
  • Warrington, M. 2014 ‘Now I am grown I can stand the hunger’: some reflections from primary school girls in poor areas of Kenya, JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women’s Studies, 25: 6-26
  • Warrington, M. and George, P. 2014 Reading for pleasure in paradise: paired reading in Antigua and Barbuda, Literacy, 48.2: 66-71
  • Cobbett, M. and Warrington, M. 2013 ‘Sometimes it’s fun to play with them first’: girls and boys talking about sexual harassment in Caribbean schools, Culture Health and Sexuality, published online: DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2013.804585
  • Vohya, S. and Warrington, M. 2013 Student voices in Nairobi, Kenya, in M. Robertson and S. Tani (eds.) Young People Cross-Cultural Views and Futures, Victoria: Acer Press, pp. 86-106
  • Robertson, M., Walford, R. and Warrington, M. 2013 Young voices from the United Kingdom: A study of contrasts, chapter 10 in M. Robertson and S. Tani (eds.) Young People Cross-Cultural Views and Futures, Victoria: Acer Press, pp. 166-180
  • Warrington, M., Kiragu, S., Fentiman, A. and Muhwezi, M. 2013 Factors influencing retention in Kenya and Uganda, in J. MacBeath and M. Younger (eds.) Millennium Development Goals Revisited: A Common Wealth of Learning, London: Routledge, pp.61-71
  • Kiragu, S. and Warrington, M. 2012 How we used moral imagination to address ethical and methodological complexities while conducting research with girls in school against the odds, Qualitative Research. Published 9 August 2012 (iFirst), DOI: 10.1177/1468794112451011
  • Warrington, M. 2012 Challenging the status quo: the enabling role of gender sensitive fathers, inspirational mothers and surrogate parents in Uganda, Educational Review, DOI:10.1080/00131911.2012.689274
  • Warrington, M. 2012 'You expect school to be the happiest time of their lives, but it's not': new policy spaces and the unattainable pursuit of equity', in R. Brooks, A. Fuller and J. Waters (eds.) Changing Spaces of Education: New Perspectives on the Nature of Learning, Abingdon: Routledge
  • Warrington, M. and Kiragu, S. 2012 "It makes more sense to educate a boy": girls 'against the odds' in Kajiado, Kenya, International Journal of Educational Development, 32: 301-309
  • Warrington, M. and Younger, M. 2011 "Life is a tightrope": reflections on peer group inclusion and exclusion amongst adolescent girls and boys, Gender and Education, 23.2: 153-168
  • Younger, M. and Warrington, M. 2009 Mentoring and target-setting in a secondary school in England: an evaluation of aims and benefits, Oxford Review, 35.2: 169-185
  • Younger, M. and Warrington, M. 2008 The Gender Agenda in Primary Teacher Education in England: fifteen lost years? Journal of Education Policy, 23.4: 429-445
  • Warrington, M. 2008 Decisions and Transitions: meeting the needs of the 'knowledge economy', Environment and Planning: Government and Policy, 26.5: 924-937
  • Younger, M. and Warrington, M. 2008 The Gender Agenda in Primary Teacher Education in England: fifteen lost years? Journal of Education Policy 23.4: 429-445
  • Younger, M. and Warrington, M. 2007 Single-Sex Classes in Co-educational Schools, Genderwatch Still Watching ..., Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books
  • Younger, M. and Warrington, M. 2007 Closing the Gender Gap? Issues of gender equity in English secondary schools, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education 28.2: 219-242
  • Warrington, M. and Younger, M. 2007 Partnerships in Gender Research: Processes and Outcomes, Fou i Praksis 2006 Rapport fra konferanse om praksisrettet FoU i laererutdanning, Trondheim: Tapir adakdemisk forlag
  • Younger, M. and Warrington, M. 2007 In the End is the Beginning: The Search for Gender Equity in English Education, in R. Teese, S. Lamb and M. Duru-Bellat (eds) Education and Equity: International Perspectives on Theory and Policy (Vol.2), Springer Publishing: Dortrecht
  • Younger, M. and Warrington, M. 2006 Would Harry and Hermione Have Done Better in Single-Sex Classes? A Review of Single-Sex Teaching in Coeducational Secondary Schools in the United Kingdom, American Educational Research Journal 43.4: 579-620
  • Warrington, M. and Younger M. 2006 Raising Boys' Achievement in Primary Schools: an holistic approach, Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Warrington, M. and Younger, M. 2006 Working on the inside: discourses, dilemmas and decisions, Gender and Education 18.3: 265-280
  • Warrington, M. 2005 Mirage in the Desert? Access to educational opportunities in an area of social exclusion, Antipode, 37.4:796-816
  • Younger, M. and Warrington, M. 2005 Raising Boys' Achievement in Secondary Schools: Issues, Dilemmas and Opportunities, Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Younger, M. and Warrington, M. 2005 Raising Boys' Achievement, London; Department for Education and Skills, Research Report 636
  • Warrington, M. and Younger, M. 2003 "We Decided To Give It a Twirl": single-sex teaching in English Comprehensive Schools, Gender and Education 15.4: 339-350
  • Warrington, M. 2003 Fleeing from fear: the role of refuges, Capital and Class, 80:123-150
  • Warrington, M., Younger, M. and McLellan, R. 2003 "Under-achieving boys" in English primary schools: The Curriculum Journal 14.2: 139-156
  • Younger, M. and Warrington, M. 2002 Single-sex teaching in a co-educational comprehensive school in England: an evaluation based upon students' performance and classroom interactions, British Educational Research Journal 28.3: 353-374
  • Younger, M., Warrington, M. and McLellan, R. 2002 The "Problem" of "Under-achieving Boys": some responses from English secondary schools, School Leadership and Management 22.4: 387-403
  • Warrington, M. and Younger, M. 2001 Single-sex Classes and Equal Opportunities for Girls and Boys: Perspectives through time from a mixed comprehensive school in England, Oxford Review of Education 27.3: 339-356
  • Warrington, M. 2001 "I must get out": the geographies of domestic violence, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers NS26.3: 365:383
  • Warrington, M., Younger, M. and Williams, J. 2000 'Student Attitudes, Image and the Gender Gap' British Educational Research Journal 26.3: 393-407
  • Warrington, M. and Younger, M. 2000 The Other Side of the Gender Gap, Gender and Education 12.4: 493-508