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Personal Statement

I am interested in the concept of child in relation to modernity. I focus on notions of freedom and transgression, and have drawn on thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Theodor Adorno, and Walter Benjamin to explore educational concerns and gain an understanding of the ideas that underpin educational thinking in our time.

Before this I taught children.

Current responsibilities within the School of Education include:

Equality and Diversity Advocate for the School of Education

Leader of Educational Studies component of the PGDE course

Research Interests

My current work focuses on Dada and Surrealism, Queer theory, and the work of Georges Bataille. Though my interests are not often directly about children and schools, the underlying concerns are about who or what is marginalised, excluded and ignored in our thinking and practice: what is left out is as interesting and as important as what is included and the detritus of being human tells us a good deal about who we are. These concerns inform my teaching on inclusion, human rights and social sustainability.

Expertise & Capabilities

Has expertise in:

  • Philosophy of Education 
  • Educational Inclusion

Teaching Interests

Philosophy of Education

Educational Inclusion


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 Philosophy

Award Date: 8 Jun 2017

Master of Philosophy

Award Date: 1 Jun 1989

Bachelor of Divinity, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jun 1987


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