Research Staff Interests

Dr Christopher  Hanley


I completed undergraduate studies at the University of Leeds in 1996 and an MA at the University of Manchester in 1998. I qualified with a PGCE (secondary English) from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999. I completed a PhD with the School of English at the University of Leeds in 2007.

I taught in secondary schools and colleges in Manchester, Salford and Warrington between 1999 and 2010. I taught on various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the Universities of Leeds and Bolton and Manchester Metropolitan University from 2005-2009 before accepting a full-time post at MMU in 2010.

Research Interests

I am interested in educational philosophy, theories of knowledge, theories of literacy and numeracy, psychoanalysis. I am currently involved in a research project focussing on global citizenship education. I am also interested in critical thinking with international students. One of my roles in the faculty is to promote and support the development of practitioner inquiry with colleagues to enhance practice, particularly on the secondary education and doctoral programmes.

Refereed Journal Articles

Hanley, C., & Brown, T. (2016) Developing a university contribution to teacher education: creating an analytical space for learning narratives Journal of Curriculum Studies accepted for publication

Hanley, C. (2015) Neoliberalism, emotional experience in education and Adam Smith: reading The theory of moral sentiments alongside The wealth of nations. Journal of Educational Administration and History 47(2) pp 105-116
DOI: 10.1080/00220620.2015.996868

Hanley, C. (2013). Towards a new privacy: Totalitarianism, emotion and management discourse. Management in Education 27 pp 146-149

Under review

Hammersley-Fletcher, L. & Hanley, C. The use of Critical Thinking in Higher Education in relation to the International Student – shifting policy and practice. British Educational Research Journal

Hanley, C. & Brown, T. The discursive production of teacher knowledge in educative practice. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education

Journal & Book Series Editorships & Editorial Board Membership

Management in Education Editorial Board 2012-2015

Research-based Contributions to Practitioner and Academic Conferences

From 2004-2012, I gave many conference and seminar presentations at MMU and the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and Bolton.

Between 2012-2014, presentations at larger events included:

BERA 2012, BELMAS 2012, 2014, CASEA 2013 (Vancouver)

More recently:

ECER 2015 (Budapest): 'Pedagogical Subject Knowledge Development For Student Teachers of English'.

Applications submitted to BERA 2016 (Leeds)

I regularly address seminar and conference groups at MMU on the subject of practitioner research (eg teaching and learning conference 2015).

Expert Reviewer for Journals and Publishers

I am currently working as a referee and/or recently refereed articles submitted to Management in Education, Journal of Education Policy, Power and Education.

Teaching Interests

I currently teach on postgraduate PGCE and Doctor of Education taught programmes, in addition to doctoral supervision.

Areas of Post-graduate Supervision

I have supervised two doctoral students through to completion. I am director of studies for one student and second supervisor for three more. I also supervise phase A students on the Doctor of Education programme.





Position/Post: Senior Lecturer
Tel: 0161-247-5110