Dr Stephen Atherton Stephen is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Education. He received a 1st class degree BA (Hons) in Geography and Education, and was awarded funding by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for an MA (passed with distinction) and Doctorate (awarded in 2011), all at Aberystwyth University. Stephen was awarded a PGCTHE in 2012 and is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Stephen Atherton


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Stephens research has predominantly been in areas of gender and the military from which he has drawn key educational, geographical and sociological themes. His research has particularly focused on areas such as home and the family, emotions and memory, children's access to education and services, and adult education and training. Throughout these themes Stephen has engaged with a critical analysis of the social construction of gender, with specific emphasis on how masculinities are performed from a cultural repertoire of identities that are temporally and spatially contingent.

Stephens research is now developing into a number of strands, including;

  • The productions and performances of gendered identities in young children
  • Technology and pedagogy
  • Skills development in Higher Education
  • Adult Education and training
  • Children in Army families.

Office Hours (Student contact times)

  • Monday 12.30-4.30
  • Thursday 9.00-12.30



Atherton, S.J. 2016. Researching Military Men. In A. J. Williams., N. Jenkings., R. Woodward., M. F. Rech. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Military Research Methods. Routledge Handbooks Taylor & Francis pp. 243-255. Cadair


Atherton, S.J. 2014. The Geographies of Military Inculcation and Domesticity; Reconceptualising Masculinities in the Home. In A. Gorman-Murray., P. Hopkins. (eds) Masculinities and Place. Gender, Space and Society Taylor & Francis pp. 143-158. Cadair

Atherton, S. 2014. ‘Queen and Country and a Grade D’: Army parents perceptions on the Impact of Enforced Mobility on their Children’s Education and Access to Health Care. Service Children’s Support Network Research Conference. Cadair


Atherton, S.J., Davies, P.M. 2012. Tablet Assessment Project. Technology Working for Wales Conference. Cadair

Atherton, S.J., Davies, P.M., Phillips, J.O., Davies, A.J. 2012. Tablet Assessment Programme. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University Cadair


Atherton, S.J. 2009. Post- Military Identities: The Construction of Masculinities in Non-military Spaces. 2009 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual Meeting. Cadair

Atherton, S.J. 2009. Domesticating Military Masculinities: Home, Performance and the Negotiation of Identity. Social and Cultural Geography 10 (8) pp. 821-836. 10.1080/14649360903305791 Cadair


Atherton, S.J. 2008. Transitions in Work Place Identities: Masculinities through the Armed Forces Resettlement Scheme. Association of American Geographers Conference. Cadair


Atherton, S. 2007. Domesticating Military Masculinities: Home, Performance and the Negotiation of Identity. RGS-IBG Conference. Cadair

Atherton, S. 2007. Domesticating Masculinity: Place, Performance and the Negotiation of Identity, Association of American Geographers Conference, San Francisco,. Cadair


Atherton, S. 2006. Constructing Men. Association of American Geographers Conference, Chicago,. Cadair