Imperial College London

Dr Julianne K. Viola

Central FacultyCentre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship

Research Associate



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Sherfield BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Julianne is a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship (CHERS). Julianne leads the Belonging, Engagement, and Community (BEC) and contributes to educational research and evaluation efforts across College, and is a developer of the Education Evaluation Toolkit

Previously, Julianne completed her doctorate at the Department of Education, University of Oxford, where her research explored how adolescents develop their civic identities in the digital age, conceptualisations of citizenship, and the interplay of social media and technology on youth civic identity.

Julianne has also collaborated with researchers at Harvard University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the data analytics startup, Panorama Education, to develop scales for rigorous and reliable student perception surveys that are used now used by 3.2 million students across 380 districts and 4,800 schools. Julianne has also collaborated on the Transmedia Literacy project at the Oxford Internet Institute, and has consulted for The Education Hub, a not-for-profit organisation in New Zealand, where she developed evidence-based resources for teachers.

Julianne has a particular interest in young people's civic identity development, efficacy, and engagement with their communities, particularly political engagement and activism activities. 



Cohen E, Viola J, 2022, The role of pedagogy and the curriculum in university students' sense of belonging, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, Vol:19, ISSN:1449-9789, Pages:1-17

Howson CK, Cohen E, Viola JK, 2022, Inertia in elite STEM widening participation: the use of contextual data in admissions, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol:43, ISSN:0142-5692, Pages:950-969

Viola J, 2021, Belonging and global citizenship in a STEM university, Education Sciences, Vol:11, ISSN:2227-7102


Viola JK, 2020, Young People's Civic Identity in the Digital Age, Springer International Publishing, ISBN:9783030374044

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