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Personal Statement

I am currently Lecturer in Education Studies at the Strathclyde Institute of Education in Glasgow, Scotland, where I teach on the Joint Honours Education and MSc Education Studies programmes.

My research is located in the area of aesthetic and cultural education. I am particularly interested in the reception and production processes of theatre and film-making and how these can be theorised as education (in the broad sense of "formation", i.e. of being formative).

My most recent publications (2022/23) look at German theatre maker/theorist Bertolt Brecht’s actor training and his philosophising theatre of estrangement; Latvian director Asja Lācis' educational philosophy in her proletarian children's theatre and the role of Hans-Georg Gadamer's aesthetic hermeneutics in researching intercultural encounters.

I was project lead on three film-making and digital animation education projects for care-experienced children and young people in Scotland (Little Animation Studio; UAnimate and Scotland Our New Home) collaborating with Glasgow-based filmmaker Simon Bishopp and stakeholders in the charity/education sector. The projects received funding through Creative Scotland, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

I regularly collaborate (as performer, producer) with filmmaker Simon Bishopp. Our Science Fiction Short Film  "Refuge" was selected by Alex Proyas (director of The Crow, Dark City, I-Robot, Gods of Egypt) for his new 2022 Streaming Platform Vidiverse.

The short screened at Glasgow Short Film 2017; the London Sci-Fi Festival 2018; Inverness Film Festival 2018 and was selected for Film Hub Scotland's/BFI's "Shorts in Support" scheme, which aims to revive the tradition of the supporting short film by distributing eight new short films to cinemas and film societies to screen before features.

Previously Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University London, I taught Applied Theatre, Performance Theory & Directing for the BA Theatre.

In my role as Research Associate at the University of Glasgow for the 3-year, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded, £2 mill. large grant project 'Researching Multilingually at the Borders of the Body, Language, Law & the State', I theorised the role of arts-based research methods in multilingual settings.

I was awarded a fully funded 3-year PhD research scholarship in the area of aesthetic/intercultural education (focus: applied theatre) from the College of Social Sciences/School of Education at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. 

My PhD project explored international students' lived experiences of 'interculturality' through a performance-based research pedagogy, based on German theatre maker Bertolt Brecht's theatre/actor training theory and practice. I passed my viva voce in May 2013.

Prior to my academic career, I worked as a language (English, German) and drama educator in secondary, adult & community education, in Germany, Venezuela, Ireland and Scotland.

Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • Aesthetic and cultural education/philosophy of education 


  • The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)
  • The International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE)
  • The North American Association for Philosophy of Education (NAAPE/APOE)

Academic / Professional qualifications

PhD University of Glasgow in Scotland/UK for a thesis entitled: Towards a Brechtian Research Pedagogy for Intercultural Education: Cultivating Intercultural Spaces of Experiment through Drama.

M.A. Theatre Studies, University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland.

M.Ed. Education, with English & German, Universität Hildesheim in Germany

Teacher Training Qualification (secondary) for German & English in the federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany.

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD thesis: Towards a Brechtian research pedagogy in intercultural education research: Creating spaces of intercultural experiment through drama, University of Glasgow

1 Oct 200913 May 2013

Award Date: 10 Dec 2013

2. Staatsexamen (PGDE + probationary year equivalent in Germany), 2. Staatsexamen (PGDE + probationary year equivalent), Studienseminar (Teacher Training College) Hildesheim, Germany

1 Sept 20051 May 2007

Award Date: 20 May 2007

Master of Arts, M.A. Theatre Studies: Towards a pedagogy of strangeness, University College Cork (Ireland)


Master of Education, Education, with English and German, Universitaet Hildesheim (Germany)



  • Education Studies
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Phenomenology of Pedagogical Practice
  • Film & Education
  • Theatre & Education
  • Cultural Studies


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