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I have been working as a Lecturer in Education at Edge Hill University since July 2022. Prior to this I worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at Maynooth University, and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Technological University Dublin. 

Email: sean.henry@edgehill.ac.uk

Research interests

Philosophy of education

Social justice and education

Education and religion

Queer theory 

Queer theology and religious studies

I welcome potential doctoral students in these areas. 


REL1003: Eastern Dharma

REL2003: Judaism 

REL2004: Religion and the public sphere

REL3006: Specialist research project in religion

REL3007: Gender, sexuality and Christianity

REL3009: Controversies and challenges in religion

External engagement

Conference Keynotes

25 February 2022: ‘Queer Thriving in Catholic Education’, Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education, Dublin City University, Ireland.


Invited Talks

12 October 2022: ‘Growing sideways: queer encounters with religion in school,’ PESGB Seminar Series, University of Birmingham.

28 June 2022:  ‘Intersectional perspectives on Pride and LGBTQ+ Inclusion at Work’, OutLAW, Matheson.

12 May 2022: ‘DEIB – What? And why?’, Pride at Work Dublin Pride Annual Conference, Radisson Hotel, Dublin.

22 March 2022: ‘Breaking the Bias: Challenging Norms and Standards’, Allied Irish Bank.

14 October 2021: ‘Academic freedom, conversation, and non-violence’, Centre of Philosophy of Education, University of Winchester.

31 March 2021: ‘Academic freedom, religion, and LGBTQ experiences: Moving from proclamation to response’, Beliefs, Belonging and Boundaries: Towards Greater Inclusion in Contemporary Ireland, Religions and Beliefs in Changing Times National Forum Seminars.

4 November 2020: ‘Why? And how? Queering schooling for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim education’, Irish Institute for Catholic Studies, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. 

6 October 2019: ‘Queering pedagogy: Moving beyond victimhood and representation in educating for social justice’, Marino Institute of Education, Trinity College Dublin.

2 March 2019: ‘Ethos and equality: Responding to diversities in Church of Ireland schools’, Church of Ireland Primary School Management Association, Tenth Annual Conference, Church of Ireland Centre, Dublin City University.  

7-9 February 2019: ‘Ethos and equality: Responding to diversities in Catholic schools’, Le Chéile Catholic Schools Trust, Tenth Annual Conference, Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.


Peer-Review Service

Irish Educational Studies

American Journal of Sex Education

Journal of Philosophy of Education

Frontiers in Education


Board Membership

August 2022 - Present: Member of Advisory Board, International Network of Philosophers of Education.

July 2021 – October 2022: Secretary and Member of Board of Directors, ShoutOut.


Membership of Academic Societies

International Network of Philosophers of Education

Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

Philosophy of Education Society

European Educational Research Association

Educational Studies Association of Ireland

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PhD

Equality Studies, MSc

Religious Education/English, BA


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