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Research interests

My primary research interests lie in understanding education in relation to social and epistemic justice. I work with historical, social-cultural activity and decolonial  theoretical perspectives. My fields of research include professional and experiential learning, international education, and the long-term impact of educational experiences. My doctoral thesis was a historical, socio-cultural examintion of how how people become teachers finding that  trainee teachers' learning (about teaching) leads their (professional) development.

My research aims to equitably involve participants as co-constructors of knowledge in participative and experimental methods of qualitative research and mixed methods research. My research has been funded by The International Baccalaureate, to investigate the long-term impact of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and the British Academy, to critically examine the teaching-research nexus in higher education. I received the Jeff Thompson Research Award from the International Baccaluareate Organization in 2017. 

Research interests

  • Decolonisation
  • Participative qualitative research methods
  • Historical, sociocultural theory
  • Equitable global citizenship education
  • International education
  • International schools

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
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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