Navan Govender


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Personal Statement

Navan N. Govender is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree (specialising in secondary English teaching), and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Applied English Language Studies, and a PhD in Applied Language & Literacy Education in the field of critical literacy. His PhD investigated how critical literacy could be used to engage student teachers with issues related to sex, gender and sexual diversity in South Africa. Currently, he is working to understand critical literacy's role in Scottish English language and literacy education as well as in initial teacher education.

Specific fields of study include: literacy studies; critical literacies; multiliteracies, multimodalities and visual literacies; transmodality; representation, gender and sexual diversity; critical discourse analysis; sociolinguistics; social semiotics; and social justice education. 

Navan teaches on the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme, offering classes in critical literacies and multimodalities as well as a range of English methodology classes for secondary schooling educators. 


  • critical literacy
  • social semiotics
  • representation
  • social justice
  • discourse
  • power
  • multimodality
  • transmodality

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2011 2019

Can you see a social issue? (Re)Looking at everyday texts

Govender, N., 22 Oct 2019, Glasgow, Scotland

Research output: Other contribution

social issue
colonial age
3 Downloads (Pure)

Critical literacy and critically reflective writing: navigating gender and sexual diversity

Govender, N., 14 Oct 2019, In : English Teaching: Practice and Critique. 18, 3, p. 351-364 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2017 2020

Finding a Place for Critical Literacy in Scotland - Between Criticality & (De)Colonialism: Unsettling Perspectives on Language & Literacy Education in Scotland

Navan Govender (Contributor), Kelly Stone (Contributor), Jennifer Farrar (Contributor)
19 Feb 2020

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) (External organisation)

Navan Govender (Advisor)
14 Oct 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee