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    My interests cover feminist, post structuralist approaches to exploring education and social justice, SEND, inclusion, equality and diversity, gendered identity formation, multi-modal methodologies and pedagogies.


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    My research adopts a feminist, post structuralist approach to exploring education and social justice, equality and diversity, gendered and classed identity formation, multi-modal methodologies and pedagogies.

    I currently work on the following Projects:

    AHRC funded 'Rooted in Nature' project with colleagues from Newcastleand Durham University. The aims of this project are to identify the health and social outcomes of involvement in a range of urban nature-based activities for young people across different sites in Middlesbrough & Stockton and to develop a co-produced embedded researcher methodology to explore the impact of participation in urban nature-based activities for young people using an intersectional lens.

    IKEF funded 'Research in Special Education' (RiSE) / ‘Visualising Opportunities: Inclusion for Children, Education and Society’ (VOICES_Ed) project that explores perceptions of inclusion in a range of education settings and included hosting an exhibition at Liverpool Tate in June 2018 and working with schools, community partners and local authorities across the UK (2019-2023). 

    In the past I have worked with Maynooth University on the ‘evaluating student central provision’ project which has been successfully completed. I also worked on the Erasmus funded CATALYST project (85,000 Euros for EHU) which involved working with 11 other universities from Germany, Ireland, Laos, Romania and VietNam. Between 2015 and 2019.

    I have an interest in research mentoring, and mentored a Research Apprentice Team comprising of three Early Career colleagues in the FoE, all of whom have now been awarded their PhDs and are independently publishing. I continue to mentor colleages across the Faculty of Education.

    I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level on a range of educational subjects with a particular focus upon sociology of education, educational difference, inclusive pedagogies, social justice, and multimodal research methodologies.  I am the post-graduate co-ordinator for the Faculty of education, overseeing the support for Research Students, including providing development for supervisors and I supervise my own PhD students.  

    I am a Senior Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action

    Education/Academic qualification

    Sociology, PhD, Everyday Transformations? Exploring Gendered Technologies of the Self, the Rhetoric of Makeovers and British Women’s Magazines 1972 – 2003, Lancaster University

    Award Date: 30 Nov 2009

    Education, PGCert, Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education., Lancaster University

    Award Date: 31 Jul 2003

    Sociology, MA, Sociology with Special Reference to Qualitative Research (Distinction)., Goldsmiths, University of London

    Award Date: 31 Oct 1998

    Education, PGCert, PGCE FE - Sociology and Special Educational Needs, University of Greenwich

    Award Date: 31 Jul 1997

    Sociology, BA, Sociology, University of Greenwich

    Award Date: 31 Jul 1996


    • H Social Sciences
    • Education, inclusion, gender identity, multimodal methodologies and pedagogies
    • L Education

    Research Centres

    • Centre for Social Responsibility

    Research Groups

    • Narrative Research Network (Education)
    • Children's Rights and Wellbeing Research Network


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