Dr Sonia Exley

Dr Sonia Exley

Assistant Professor

Department of Social Policy

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About me

Sonia Exley joined the LSE Department of Social Policy in 2011 as an Assistant Professor. She teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Sonia’s specialist area of research is education policy. She has a particular interest in the marketisation and privatisation of education systems across the world and the implications such developments may have for disadvantaged groups in society. Currently she is completing a project funded by the International Inequalities Institute which has explored government policies in South Korea aiming to regulate and disincentivise private tutoring (or ‘shadow education’) markets, considering the possible relevance of these policies for England.

Sonia has published in a range of social policy and education journals, including the Journal of Education Policy, Social Policy and Administration, Policy and Politics, the Oxford Review of Education and the British Journal of Educational Studies. She recently contributed to the Child Poverty Action Group volume ‘Improving Children’s Life Chances’ (CPAG, 2016).

Featured publications:

  • Exley, S. (2017) ‘Education Policy’ in Hickson, K., Williams, B. (eds) John Major: An Unsuccessful Prime Minister? London: Biteback.  

  • Exley, S. (2017 forthcoming) ‘Private schools and school choice in England’ in Koinzer, T., Nikolai, R., Waldow, F. (eds) Private Schools and School Choice in Compulsory Education: Global Change and National Challenge. Springer VS.

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Sonia supervises doctoral studies in areas including:
Marketization and privatisation of education; social disadvantage and its relationship to education; education governance; history of social policy and administration.

Expertise Details

Education policy; policy networks; policy sociology; pupil segregation between schools; school choice; social deprivation; privatisation in public services; the politics of policy making