Imperial College London


Central FacultyCentre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship

Research Associate



+44 (0)20 7594 2497eliel.cohen




Sherfield BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Eliel joined the Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship (CHERS) in 2019. He is part of a research team aiming to examine and evaluate diversity, inclusion, student agency and student wellbeing in both face-to-face and online educational settings. The team are particularly interested how these can be incorporated into reviews and transformations of curricula and pedagogy in diverse disciplinary contexts.

He is currently completing his PhD with the University of Sheffield, School of Education (Higher Education Research Cluster), where he was supported by a Faculty of Social Sciences Scholarship, and where he served as representative for Postgraduate Research Students and for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). His doctoral study analyses the research-related interactions between UK universities (specifically STEMM departments) and non-academic actors in their attempts to generate mutual value and wider impact. Applying a sociological lens, he uses this analysis to explore the implications for the reproduction/reshaping of academic 'boundaries'.

Eliel’s research has been disseminated through papers presented at international conferences of the Society for Research into Higher Education, the Consortium for Higher Education Researchers, and the British Sociological Association, as well as at a seminar hosted by the Office for Fair Access (now Office for Students) on the relationship between higher education research and policy.

Eliel has degrees in Sociology (BA, University of Newcastle) and Education (MA, Institute of Education).

His scholarly interest in higher education dates back more than a decade to his undergraduate research, which explored differential access to, experiences of and rewards from higher education by class background, using an approach combining the sociological frameworks of Pierre Bourdieu and Charles Tilly. He has maintained an active interest in this area, for example by supporting the work of the University of Sheffield’s Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit (WPREU).

He has six years’ teaching experience, including postgraduate (Masters level) teaching in the field of Education studies and international experience of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL).

Professional memberships
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE).