School of Education and Social Work

What is CSPACE?

The Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education is an inclusive, playful, experimental research collective that interacts closely and dynamically with Birmingham City University’s community of nationally renowned practitioner education programmes. CSPACE supports the development and fruition of the research ideas of BCU staff, students and people from the communities that the University serves. A central principle of CSPACE is that practice-based research is a key aspect of the professional identity of health and education practitioners. Practitioner research is a vital form of knowledge production that needs to be fed back into the policy-making cycle.

Research groups

Birmingham Music Education

B-MERG brings multiple faculties together to research music-based teaching and learning under one umbrella. The group is concerned with all styles, genres and traditions of music.

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Cultures in Education

CiERG aims to empower children, young people and families by increasing understanding and provision of education services in the wider cultural context of their lives.

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Practitioner education

The core research mission of PERG is to interrogate and challenge dominant ideologies, practices and discourses in the field of teacher education/teacher learning.

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Research Environment

Find out more about our research environment and what it's like to work as a researcher in education at BCU. You can also find out more about PhD opportunities.

Members and Partners

Birmingham City University is home to a wealth of knowledge and our staff have considerable experience of working within an education and social work setting.

Research Projects

We are currently working on a number of projects within CSPACE. View them all on our project page. You can also see our  past projects or view our individual research groups to see a filtered list of projects aligned to our specialisms.


The CSPACE blog will offer insight into our inventive and creative approaches to research, as well as promoting our work on inclusion and social justice across a range of educational fields.

News and Events

The  Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education  runs a variety of research seminars, conferences and more across the centre. View our latest events and news to see how our research impacts the wider world.

Contact Us

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If you have any questions about our research, current projects or research events feel free to get in touch.


Call us

Want to speak to a member of our research team? Call us on the number below.

+44 (0)121 331 6413

Research Collaborations

Interested in a research collaboration or consultancy? Contact our team and we'll attempt to link you with an academic who's alligned with your interests.

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PHD Enquiries

Thinking about studying a PhD in the School of Education? Our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. First, take a look at the  PhD section  on the website and your course page for more information.

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