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Personal Statement

I was appointed to the School of Education as a lecturer in Teacher Professional Learning in 2016. My background is in Psychology, and I completed an undergraduate and MRes in Psychological Research Methods at the University of Strathclyde, before joining the University of Glasgow to complete a PhD. My PhD thesis used a critical policy network approach to trace the development and implementation of teacher education policy. A specific focus of this research was to explore the representation of teacher voice in the policy-making process. 

I am member of the Scottish Education Research Association (SERA) Executive board where I lead the SERA Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network. I am also a link convenor for the European Education Research Association (EERA) Teacher Education Network.


Research Interests

My research areas are education policy, teacher learning and the intersection between these. Within this, three broad themes underpin my current interests: democratic network governance, policy enactment and teachers as researchers/practitioner enquiry. I employ critical policy analysis, policy ethnography and elements of actor-network theory to better understand education policy processes. I am currently exploring different forms of teacher engagement in and with research in Scotland and the governing role that research brokerage actors play in this space. Underpinning all of this is a focus on social justice and a deep concern about the under-representation of teacher voice in policy spaces. 

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, University of Glasgow

Sep 2011Jun 2017

Award Date: 15 Nov 2017

Master of Research, University of Strathclyde, School of Psychological Science and Health

Sep 2009Aug 2010

Award Date: 8 Nov 2010

Bachelor of Arts, University of Strathclyde, School of Psychological Science and Health

Sep 2005Jun 2009

Award Date: 15 Jun 2009

External positions

Co-convenor of Network 10 - Teacher Education Research - European Education Research Association, European Educational Research Association

Sep 2016 → …

Network co-leader: early career researcher network , Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA)

Dec 2015 → …

SIG Convenor Educational Research and Educational Policy-Making , British Educational Research Association BERA

Sep 2014Sep 2017

Member of SERA Executive, Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA)

Dec 2012 → …


  • Teacher Education
  • Policy
  • Teacher Professional Learning
  • Practitioner Enquiry
  • Policy Network
  • Education Governance


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