School of Education and Sociology


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Dr Francesca Salvi

  • Qualifications: PhD (Sussex), MPhil (Oxon)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies
  • Address: St. George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5238
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  • Department: School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Francesca joined the School of Education and Childhood Studies in September 2015 as a Lecturer in Childhood Studies. Her doctoral research (Sussex) looked at how global discourses of teenage pregnancy are constructed in opposition to education and employment imperatives. Through her case study of Mozambique secondary schools, she argues for a disruption of the education-pregnancy binary.

Prior to this, Francesca worked as Teaching and Research Assistant at the University of Sussex. She holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, and has a background in communications gained in Italy.

Teaching Responsibilities

Francesca is coordinating the Gender, Race and Education option, the core Global Childhoods unit, and contributing to various other units within the School of Education and Childhood Studies (Communicative Strategies for Children, Health and Wellbeing of the Young Child, Research with Children and Young People, Young People’s Relationships and Aspirations, Youth Culture and Crime, Justice & Young People).


Francesca’s research interests include: children and young people, transitions to adulthood, pregnancy and parenthood and their intersections with education and work, gender, identity, agency, sexual and reproductive health, sub-Saharan Africa, development, international education, critical pedagogy, late and multiple modernities, constructive postmodern and postcolonial onto-epistemologies.


Research profile

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