I joined the department in January 2021 as an Associate Lecturer having done a maternity cover in the same position 2019-20. I primarily supervise Masters students on the MA Education, MA Global and International Citizenship Education, and MA Social Justice and Education.
My BA Sociology with Education Studies was gained at the University of York, as was my MA Women’s Studies. I completed my PhD Education Studies from Leeds Beckett University in 2019. My research was based around the teaching of peace and war in English secondary schools. I have recently worked on projects researching character education (at the University of Leeds), education for deliberative democracy (at Middlesex University) and am currently also working at the University of Leeds on a project entitled ‘Speaking Citizens’ which explores the communicative challenges faced by contemporary young people. I have also taught in the School of Education at Leeds Beckett University and in the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds.
Before I began my PhD, I established and worked on the peace education project at the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
I am a sociologist of education. My main research interest is around the potential for education to provide young people with the tools to navigate and critically consider society, the wider world and their place within it, and to empower them to undertake social change. I have a strong belief in the importance of research for social justice.
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