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Research interests

I research the role of education in generating the societal change that is needed to respond to complex, interconnected global challenges including epidemics of gender-based violence and mental ill health, and environmental crises. From a policy studies background, I consider how school policies and practices in these peripheral spheres of schooling emerge from enmeshed discursive, material, structural and political contexts. My theoretical interests include epistemic justice, environmental justice, and generative notions of power. I am committed to creative, participatory, action-oriented methodologies: I research with school communities to imagine alternative futures for value in education for children and young people, in which children and young people are recognised as protagonists. 

Social transformation is a key driver of my research and as part of this I am driven to conduct research that can inform change in policy and practice, at both a global level and within the UK. My research orientation stems from a long stint as a sexual and reproductive health and rights advocate, which instilled in me a critical orientation toward power, justice, agency and structure.

I am currently working on a British Academy Innovation Fellowship entitled ‘Transforming social infrastructure for positive peer cultures: Youth-led advocacy to reduce child-on-child sexual harm’, in partnership with a feminist, community-based educator called Mighty Girls.

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
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Critical Policy Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Policy Making about Relationships and Sex Education in English Primary Schools, University of Bristol

1 Sept 201312 May 2019

Award Date: 7 May 2019

Social Work, Master of Research, Participatory research about young people's use of and reflections on local leisure services, University of Bristol

1 Sept 201230 Jun 2013

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

Health and Population, Master in Science, Political economy analysis of sexual and reproductive health providers' services for disadvantaged groups , London School of Economics

5 Sept 200731 Jul 2009

Award Date: 31 Jul 2009

Communication, Bachelor of Arts, Helene Cixous' 'ecriture feminin' , Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

1 Sept 200030 Jun 2004

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004


  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • LB1501 Primary Education
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • HM Sociology


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