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Research interests

I am a Lecturer in Education at University of Bath and a Lecturer in Community Engagement at University of Bristol. In the Department of Education at Bath, I am Deputy Director of Studies for the MA Education distance learning degree. I teach postgraduate units on research methodology, assessment and educational futures. I teach undergraduate units on educational equality, childhood socialisation and youth transitions.

My doctoral research focuses on the dysbeing and wellbeing of secondary English teachers in England and was inspired in part by my own experiences as a secondary school teacher of English in state institutions between 2003 and 2015.

Having grown up in an extended household of critical educators, I am a keen believer in the emancipatory potential of education. I have interest in, and experience of, play-based and self-directed learning.

Key research interests include:

  • Educational wellbeing
  • Radical democracy
  • Subject English
  • English Literature
  • The role of the arts in society
  • Poetic Inquiry
  • Primary and Secondary Curriculum
  • Foucauldian perspectives on schooling
  • Deweyan perspectives on schooling
  • Alternative provision


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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Lecturer, University of Bristol

1 Aug 2021 → …


  • Wellbeing
  • Dysbeing
  • Radical Democracy
  • Emancipatory Education
  • Critical Education
  • Early Years
  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum
  • Subject English
  • Foucault
  • Dewey
  • Poetry
  • Poetic Inquiry
  • Co-creative Inquiry
  • Relational Ontology


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