Jennie Carpenter


Following an early career as a registered nurse, Jennie worked as a drugs councillor for vulnerable women in Wolverhampton. This role included difficult but rewarding outreach work that took Jennie into the heart of socially disadvantaged areas during the night to reach working women in need of support. Jennie completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) undergraduate degree in 2010 . She went on to complete a PGCE with QTS in primary school teaching at Cumbria University and took up a post teaching in Lancashire. During her time as a teacher Jennie completed a Masters degree in Childhood and Youth Studies, before joining Edge Hill in 2017 teaching in the Sociology department. Jennie held the position of Module Leader in 2018 before taking up the opportunity to embark on a research PhD here at Edge Hill in 2019.

Jennie’s PhD research is interested in constructions of childhood, and childhood experiences from a post human, sociological perspective in relation to rewards and punishments within primary schools. Jennie has a keen interest in participatory research that empowers children to be a part of the research process, as well as undertake their own research, aiding the promotion of children’s voices being heard in society. Her current research is exploring some of the challenges faced in schools due to COVID-19.

Jennie is a Mum to 4 children and keen sailor with a passion for the sea and the mountains.


  • RN DIP HE (Registered Nurse)
  • Bsc (Hons) Open Degree, Open University
  • PGCE (QTS) Primary teaching, Cumbria University
  • MA Childhood and Youth Studies, Open University


  • SPY1103 Children and Young People in Society
  • SPY2129 Youth Studies: Key Concepts and Issues
  • SPY111 Thinking Sociologically