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I am a Senior Lecturer in Science Education and a member of the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG). My research focuses on primarily on the philosophical and political aspects of science education, and on youth perspectives and experiences of environmental interventions. My research has been funded by, amongst others, the Education Endowment Foundation, and the Gatsby Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust.
My background is in science education and public engagement. From 2008 until 2011 I was a researcher at Ulster University, where my work focused on public engagement with science and continuing professional development of teachers in the north of Ireland. Prior to this, I taught science and theory of knowledge in schools in the UK, USA and Mexico.
I teach on undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (PGCE and MA) education degree programmes and supervise research students in science education. I convene modules on Science, Education and Society, Education and the Environment and Philosophy, Education and Children In 2018, I was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching. I am currently chair of the Education Exceptional Circumstances Committee.
My research interests are in: