max hope

Dr Max Hope

Lecturer in Education and Social Inclusion

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

+44 (0) 1482 466878

Max's key areas of interest are about radical, democratic and student-led education, and developing more inclusive and equitable educational systems which meet the needs of all children and young people.

She is co-founder of the Freedom to Learn project, an international project that explores whether alternative and radical education can contribute towards social justice.

Max is convener of the Alternative Education Special Interest Group for the British Educational Research Association. She is a trustee at The Warren (Hull) and at the Phoenix Education Trust.

At the University of Hull, Max supervises doctoral students working towards completing their theses.


Research Interests

  • Democratic, radical and alternative education
  • Wildness and wild education
  • Advancing freedom in education
  • Inclusive education
  • Social justice

Research groups

  • Co-founder of the Freedom to Learn project, an ESCR-funded international collaboration to explore whether educational organisations which value autonomy can have an impact on educational inequalities
  • Recently secured funding from the Spencer Foundation for a project, entitled Radical Inclusivity / Exclusivity, which conducted an in-depth investigation about LGBTQ-affirming schools in the USA
  • Currently working on a book, entitled Reclaiming Freedom in Education, which is due to be published in 2018


Hall, J.J. and Hope, M.A. (forthcoming) 'Lost in Translation: Naming Practices and Public Feelings towards “Gay Schools”' in Talburt, S. (Ed), Youth Sexualities: Public Feelings and Contemporary Cultural Politics. Publisher: Praeger (due out April 2018)

Hope, M.A. (2017) 'Re-framing ‘Attainment’: creating and developing spaces for learning within schools'. FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 59 (3)

Montgomery, C. & Hope, M., A. (2016). 'Thinking the Yet to be Thought: envisioning autonomous and alternative pedagogies for socially just education'. FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 58 (3), 307-314.

Hope, M.A. and Montgomery, C. (2016) 'Creating spaces for autonomy: the architecture of learning and thinking in Danish schools and universities'. In Lees, H. and Noddings, N. (eds) The Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Hope, M.A. 'Alternative Provision Free Schools: educational fireworks or sparks of optimism for disengaged and excluded young people?' in Cooper, C., Gormally, S. And Hughes, G. (eds) (2015) Social Justice and Radical Alternatives for Education and Youth Work Practice: Re-imagining Ways of Working with Young People. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

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Research PhDs

Max welcomes applications for postgraduate supervision in her specialist areas.

Current PhD supervisions

  • Currently supervising 11 PhD and EdD students (eight as first supervisor; three as second supervisor)


Teaching awards and accolades

  • PGCE (post-compulsory education)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (York)
  • PGCE (Huddersfield)
  • PhD (Hull)

External roles

  • Member of BERA (British Educational Research Association)
  • Convener of the Alternative Education SIG, alongside Dr Helen Lees (Newman University).

Awards and accolades

  • In 2012, Max was shortlisted for a Student-Led Teaching Award (Innovative Teaching category)
  • In 2013, she was shortlisted and won a Student-Led Teaching Award (Overall Outstanding Achievement)