Louise Owusu-Kwarteng

Dr Louise Owusu-Kwarteng BA Hons, PhD

Senior Lecturer


Prior to starting her Masters' Degree, Louise worked with young people who were disaffected from school in Nottingham. The aim was to get them back into some form of education or onto Modern Apprenticeship programmes.

After completing her MA in 2000, Louise worked at Oxford City Council as a community development officer. In 2002, she was was seconded to the Community Cohesion Unit at the Home Office. Here, she worked with key government advisors, including Ted Cantle and Labour peer, Paola Uddin to produce a policy paper on methods of increasing participation in political leadership for under-represented communities.

From 2003-2005, Louise went on to teach general and Business English as a second language in Madrid. Her position also involved managing Business English teachers.

Current Taught Courses

Writing Culture
Education and Social formation

Responsibilities within the university

Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader, Sociology

Research / Scholarly interests

My research interests fall within several broad areas including

The Sociology of Race and Education - with a specific emphasis on the academic attainment and experiences of students of West African Origin. To this end, Louise undertook a doctorate which focused on the experiences of British Ghanaians. Her Doctorate is entitled Between Two Lives. Parenting and Impacts on Academic Professional Achievements and Socio-Emotional Outcomes for British Ghanaians

I also recently published a research paper entitled 'Telling a different story. Effects of parenting on the academic and professional achievements of British Ghanaian highflyers.

I have also undertaken research which focuses on the experiences of African students in Higher education, as part of the Black and Minority Ethnic project which commenced at the University of Greenwich in 2008/9. The aim of this project is to raise awareness of the issues impacting on the academic attainment of BME students at the university of Greenwich. The project was re-established in 2014, and two symposiums which focus on these issues have been hosted ( see below for more details)    

Intra ethnic relations between Black groups in Britain: I explore the extent to which race based coalitions have been formed amongst second and third generation British African and Caribbean people.

Sociological Autobiography: My work here includes an autobiographical reflection of my grandmother's role in the educational attainment of females in her family. This was partly based on oral history testimonies obtained while I was in Ghana and working on my PhD.

In addition, I have also recently written a piece which focuses on issues relating to Hair, Race and the presentation of the Self. More specifically it examines the relationship between the personal and political and how this has played out through my hairstyles and experiences at Black Hair salons.


Journal Articles

'Telling A Different Story': The effect of parenting on the academic and professional achievement of 24 British-Ghanaian high flyers Power and Education (2015) vol. 7 no. 3 289-305

'We all Black Innit?' (2015). An Exploration of intra-ethnic relations between second and third generation British people of African And African-Caribbean origin (forthcoming)

'Lizbet's Legacy (2015)': Analysing the impacts of my grandmother's role in the education of females in our family (forthcoming)

'Whoever holds the scissors holds the power' (2016)- an Autobiographical reflection of my hair journey in the formation of my identity (forthcoming)


The African Experience in Higher Education at the University of Greenwich as part of the BME project University of Greenwich 2009.


Conference Organisation

Alongside Professor Tracey Reynolds and Corine Delage (Head of Student Affairs) I  co facilitate the University of Greenwich Black and Minority ethnic project. As part of this, myself, Corine and Tracey have hosted two symposia. The first one Entitled 'Brighter futures Enhancing opportunities for all' took place in July 2015 with Baroness Doreen Lawrence as the keynote speaker. The second 'Telling it like it is' Analysing the experiences of BME students took place in November 2015. The keynote speaker was Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora. The third, entitled 'Does my face fit? Exploring the experiences and the likelihood progression and promotion for BME staff in further and higher education', takes place in April 2016. The Key note speaker is Dr Gurnam Singh - Principal Lecturer. University of Coventry. Visiting Professor of Social Work. Chester University.

National Presentations

January 2016 'Whoever Holds the scissors holds the power'  Centre for Methodological Innovations research seminar. University of Plymouth

October 2015 Lizbet's Legacy' Black History Month Seminar series, Coventry University

July 2015 BSA Autobiographical Conference Lizbet's Legacy analysing the impacts of my grandmother's role in the academic and professional outcomes for her female descendants

October 2013 University of Lincoln Education Research Group: Methodological considerations from my PhD

April 2012 – Two Generations of Resistance: West African Contribution to British Anti-Racism and resistance movements at the 'Re-Thinking Resistance' symposium at the University of Greenwich

July 2011- Between Two Lives Revisited: Parental and Cultural expectations and impacts on Academic/Professional Outcomes for British-Ghanaians at the Teaching and Learning Conference at the University of Greenwich

July 2010 – The role of the family in academic attainment amongst British Africans. Conference hosted by the Research Centre for Children Schools and Families

November 2009- Autobiographical Methods workshop and symposium - University of Nottingham

September 2009 – The African Experience in Higher Education at the University of Greenwich

February 2007 - The effects of Parenting on Twi language acquisition amongst British born Ghanaians – Researching Africans symposium –University College London

January 2007 – Between Two Lives: The impact of Parenting Style on academic achievement amongst British-Ghanaians at Africans in 21st Century Ireland Conference, Trinity College Dublin

Editorial Board Membership

University of Greenwich Compas Editorial Board