Dr Stephen Atherton

BA (Hons) Geography & Education, MA, PhD (Aberystwyth), PGCTHE (Aberystwyth),  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Stephen Atherton


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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.



Stephen's 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


Researching Military MenAtherton, S. J. 2016 The Routledge Companion to Military Research Methods. Williams, A. J., Jenkings, N., Woodward, R. & Rech, M. F. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 243-255 (Routledge Handbooks)
The Geographies of Military Inculcation and Domesticity; Reconceptualising Masculinities in the HomeAtherton, S. J. 2014 Masculinities and Place. Gorman-Murray, A. & Hopkins, P. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 143-158 (Gender, Space and Society)
‘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 CareAtherton, S. 2014
Tablet Assessment ProjectAtherton, S. J. & Davies, P. M. 2012
Tablet Assessment ProgrammeAtherton, S. J., Davies, P. M., Phillips, J. O. & Davies, A. J. 2012 Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University.
Post- Military Identities: The Construction of Masculinities in Non-military SpacesAtherton, S. J. 2009
Domesticating Military Masculinities: Home, Performance and the Negotiation of IdentityAtherton, S. J. 2009 In : Social and Cultural Geography.10, 8, p. 821-836
Transitions in Work Place Identities: Masculinities through the Armed Forces Resettlement SchemeAtherton, S. J. 2008
Domesticating Military Masculinities: Home, Performance and the Negotiation of IdentityAtherton, S. 2007
Domesticating Masculinity: Place, Performance and the Negotiation of Identity,Atherton, S. 2007
Constructing MenAtherton, S. 2006