Philippa Brunner-Heywood

PhD student at Department of Education

Visiting address:
Von Kraemers allé 1 A
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 2136
750 02 Uppsala

Short presentation

I am a third-year PhD student in Sociology of Education, within the graduate school Education,learning, and globalisation, a collaboration between Uppsala, Malmö, and Södertörn universities. I am also a member of the research group Sociology of Education and Culture (SEC), as well as the research group for Studies on Education,Migration, and Segregation (EMS). My thesis explores the distribution and experiences of international secondary school teachers, navigating the labour market in Sweden.


Born and raised in Blackpool, England (about an hour north west of Manchester), I studied english language, literature and creative writing before training to become a qualified secondary and post 16 teacher in the UK. I worked as a teacher of English, Media Studies and Film Studies for 4 years in the UK before moving to Sweden where I continued to teach English at a bilingual school for 6 years.

I completed my masters studies in Sociology of Education at Uppsala University, defending my thesis 'Where do teachers teach? Choice strategies developed by Newly Qualifed Teachers (NQTs) in Greater Manchester' in June 2019.

I worked as a research assistant for the Department of Education (EDU) at Uppsala University before being offered a position as a doctoral student in 2020.

Philippa Brunner-Heywood