Patrick Alexander is a research associate at SIRC and a PhD student in Oxford University’s department of Educational Studies. Trained in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford and in American Studies at King's College, London, Patrick’s main academic interests include notions of identity, age, consumption, transnationalism, and globalisation. His current research looks at how teachers and students construct notions of age and identity in English secondary schools, with a particular focus on consumption and digital technologies.
Patrick has tutored sociology at Christ Church College, Oxford, has published articles in educational journals, and is also trained as a secondary school teacher and an examiner. He has also worked in the development of tests for the National Curriculum. He is also a Junior Dean of St. Hugh's College, Oxford.
At SIRC Patrick has been involved in research on a wide variety of topics, ranging from perceptions of science to eating disorders, food advertising, and concepts of contemporary youth and retirement.