In the second webinar of the series, Professor Louise Archer, University College London Institute of Education, shared current work from the four-year Youth Equity+STEM research project, which explores how informal STEM learning can meaningfully engage with and support young people from under-served communities. Two conceptual tools for supporting ISL policy and practice are introduced and discussed (the Equity Compass and an Equitable Outcomes model), illustrated with examples from informal STEM learning interventions and programmes.



Professor Louise Archer is currently the Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at University College London Institute of Educaiton and co-chair of the Sociology Activity Group (with Jessica Ringrose). Previously Louise was Professor of Sociology of Education at King's College London, where she was also the Director of the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Louise is currently the PI of a number of large national projects, including the ten year ESRC funded Aspires/ Aspires2 study; the Enterprising Science project and the UK PI of the Youth Equity & STEM project. Previously Louise was the lead coordinator of the ESRC's £3m TISME research programme (Targeted Initiative on Science and Mathematics Education).

Louise is passionate about social justice approaches to education and to the potential for academic research to 'make a difference' to educational policy and practice.


Fun moments or consequential experiences? Thinking about STEM interventions through an equity lens