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    Philosophy of education
    Philosophy of higher education
    Community and public philosophy
    Higher education policy
    Higher education pedagogy and practice
    Socially just pedagogy
    Dialogue and conversation in education
    Relationships in education
    Student satisfaction and expectation
    The student experience
    Philosophical / theoretical research using the works of Stanley Cavell, Martin Buber, Gabriel Marcel
    American transcendentalism and the works of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson


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    My current research interests are in the field of philosophy of education, in philosophy of higher education, and in public and community philosophy. I have published articles on the nature and aims of the university; pedagogy for higher education; academic literacies and academic writing; conversation in higher education; the place of the university tutorial, and on student engagement, experience and satisfaction. My PhD considered the possibilities for our being literate, and was informed by the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, Stanley Cavell, Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Buber. ​I have published in leading international journals including the Journal of Philosophy of Education, Ethics and EducationEducational Theory, Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education, and in Studies in Philosophy and Education. I have jointly authored a monograph entitled Philosophy and Theory in Educational Research: Writing in the Margin which was published by Routledge 2016. I was co-editor for a book series with Springer entitled Debating Higher Education: Philosophical Perspectives, and co-edited the volume Philosophers on the University for the series (Springer 2020).  I waw lead editor for the (2020) volume, Community and Philosophy: Theories, Practices and Possibilities (for Bloomsbury).

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education

    Education/Academic qualification

    Philosophy of Education, Towards Possibilities of Being Literate, University College London

    Award Date: 13 Jun 2012

    Other positions

    Visiting Professor, Leeds Trinity University

    1 Aug 2018 → …


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