Maria Papapolydorou is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Childhood Studies at the University of Greenwich. She teaches on the BA Education Studies, BA Childhood Studies and EdD programme. Her research interests include the relationship between social capital and educational inequalities, and the way social identities, with reference to class and ethnicity, inform the development of social networks. Maria has an MA in Comparative Education and a PhD in Sociology of Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. Her PhD thesis explored the way social capital informs the educational achievement and experiences of teenage students. Her more recent research focuses on Higher Education students’ engagement in sociological discussions of social class and the extent to which they draw on relevant theoretical frameworks to reflect on their personal educational journeys.