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.