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Alternative Education SIG Conveners

Amber Fensham-Smith, Dr

Lecturer in Education at University of Bedfordshire

Amber Fensham-Smith is Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at the Open University. A Sociologist by training, her research seeks to give voice to marginalised and excluded communities in education. She has a keen pedagogical interest in...

Harriet Pattison, Dr

Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University

Harriet Pattison is a lecturer in Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope University.  She has a background in social anthropology and philosophy and is interested in alter-childhoods and educational possibilities.  Her recent work includes research...

Artificial and Human Intelligence SIG Convenors

Sandra Leaton Gray, Dr

Associate Professor at UCL-Institute of Edcuation

Sandra Leaton Gray is an Associate Professor at the UCL Institute of Education. She is a former teacher and sociology of education specialist, with a special interest in social and ethical issues surrounding contemporary identity, biometrics,...

Dimitris Parapadakis

Principal Lecturer at University of Westminster

Dimitris has 30+ years developing software, 20+ years of experience teaching and assessing university modules at all levels in software development, artificial intelligence, computer security and education skills and 15+ years of university...

Arts Based Educational Research SIG Convenors

Adam Hart, Dr

University of Salford

Adam Hart is lecturer in music technology at the University of Salford. He has a background in secondary education and audio programming, and his research interests involve digital technology, musical communication and creative pedagogy. His PhD...

Jill Lloyd-Jones

Arts Education Consultant/Author/Sessional Lecturer

Jill Lloyd-Jones is a Drama Specialist with an M.Ed. in Arts Curriculum and has been a popular teacher and consultant for schools and universities in Canada. As a teacher practitioner, her classroom was the focus of research by British and...

Laura Louise Nicklin, Ms

Doctoral Researcher at University of York

Laura Louise Nicklin is an Early Career Researcher from the Department of Education at the University of York. She is currently completing her PhD investigating Shakespeare Focussed criminal rehabilitation projects after spending the last few...

Children and Childhood SIG Convenors

Joy O Neill
Joy O’Neill, Mrs

University of Buckingham

Joy trained as an Early Years teacher before focusing on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, English as an Additional Language, Transitions and Mental Health across the whole birth to nineteen age range. Additionally she taught on the...

Chrysoula Mangafa, Dr

Lecturer at The Open University

Dr Chrysoula Mangafa is a Lecturer at the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK. Her research interests include school based research, teacher training, technology-enhanced learning, mobile learning and special educational...

Rita Chawla-Duggan, Dr

University Lecturer at University of Bath

I am a member of the Learning, Pedagogy and Diversity Research Cluster. Originally trained as a teacher, I taught in pre-prep, primary and middle schools. After studying ‘The Ethnography of Educational Settings’ as part of my Masters degree,...

Comparative and International Education SIG Convenors

Olga Mun

Doctoral Student at University of Oxford

Born and raised in Kazakhstan, Olga grew up in a multi-ethnic Russo-Korean family. Her positionality as a researcher with an interest in comparative and international education with a focus on post-Soviet education is informed by her...

Alexander Gardner-McTaggart, Dr

Lecturer at University of Manchester

I joined the University of Manchester in January 2019 as course director of the Masters degree in Educational Leadership in Practice. My research seeks to better understand globalising pressures on education and its leadership through the lens of...

Pinky Jain, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Worcester

Pinky is passionate about education, especially the professional development of trainee teachers and the teaching of maths in schools. Pinky taught in a range of schools and HEIs before joining the University in 2011 where she joined an...

Nicola Savvides, Dr

Senior Lecturer in International Education at University of Bath

I am a Senior Lecturer in International Education and joined the Department for Education at the University of Bath in September 2017. I am Director of Studies for the MA International Education and Globalisation and teach across several...

Creativities in Education SIG Convenors

Jo Trowsdale, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Warwick

Jo Trowsdale is Associate Professor, Arts, Creativity and Education in Sociology at the University of Warwick. Jo has extensive policy and practice experience as a former regional director of a systematic government initiative to enhance the role...

Victoria Kinsella, Dr

Senior Research fellow in Education at Birmingham City University

Dr. Victoria Kinsella is Senior Research Fellow in Education at Birmingham City University. Victoria has researched widely in the field of the arts education and creativity. She has worked on a number of creative arts research projects in various...

Kerry Chappell, Dr

University of Exeter

Dr Kerry Chappell is a senior lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Exeter University, where she leads the MA creative arts in education programme. She also leads the Creativity and Emergent Educational-futures Network, within which her...

Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy SIG Convenors

Christopher Hanley, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education at Manchester Metropolitan University

Chris Hanley completed undergraduate studies at the University of Leeds in 1996 and an MA at the University of Manchester in 1998. He qualified with a PGCE (secondary English) from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999 and completed a PhD...

Early Childhood Education and Care SIG Convenors

Louise Kay, Dr

Lecturer at University of Sheffield

I am a qualified teacher and have worked across all three primary key stages, with the majority of my career spent teaching in the Early Years. I am now employed as a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield.  My current research is in...

Nikki Fairchild, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Portsmouth

I am honoured to be one of the new Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) SIG conveners alongside Dr Louise Kay. My research and sector engagement is driven by my desire to reframe any deficit discourses that surround ECEC teachers and young...

Jan Georgeson, Dr

Senior Research Fellow at Plymouth University

Dr Jan Georgeson is Senior Research Fellow in Early Education Development at University of Plymouth and has a professional background as teacher of young children with special educational needs. She has also worked and volunteered as a Portage...

Educational Effectiveness and Improvement SIG Convenors

Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Professor

Professor of Education at Plymouth Marjon University

Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope is Professor of Education and strategic lead for Marjon University Cornwall. Tanya is working to develop opportunities for new partneships with sector stakeholders, both nationally and internationally. An innovative...

Educational Leadership SIG Convenors

Azumah Dennis, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education Leadership and Management at The Open University

Carol Azumah Dennis has worked in Higher Education since 2010, first at the University of Hull where she was employed initially as a Lecturer in Education: Programme Director for Post-16 Teacher Education and later as Programme Director for...

Kevin Proudfoot, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Glasgow

Kevin is Director of Undergraduate and Initial Teacher Education, with responsibility for the programmes within this area. He lectures for various stages of the MEduc and PGDE. He supervises dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate levels...

Educational Research and Educational Policy-Making SIG Convenors

Rowena Passy, Dr

Senior Research Fellow at Plymouth University

Rowena Passy is a research fellow at Plymouth University. She has worked at the National Foundation for Educational Research as well as at Exeter, Leicester, and De Montfort Universities. She has developed a wide range of research interests in...

Sarah Younie, Professor

Professor in Education Innovation at De Montfort University

Sarah Younie is a principal lecturer in Education at De Montfort University and a visiting Senior Research Fellow at University of Bedfordshire. She has been involved in international research on educational technologies and teaching for twenty...

Educational Technology SIG Convenors

Lydia Lymperis

Doctoral Researcher in Education at Newcastle University

Lydia Lymperis holds an MA in Education from the University of Nottingham and is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Newcastle University, where she also works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the MA Applied...

Francesco Maiorana

Instructor at Kansas State University

Francesco Maiorana is a Computer Science Instructor at the Department of Computer Science, Kansas State University, a Scientix ambassador, and a CoderDojo Champion. He is an active researcher in computer science education, medical informatics,...

Jill Jameson, Professor

Professor of Education and Chair/Director, Centre for Leadership and Enterprise at University of Greenwich

Professor Jill Jameson is Professor of Education and Chair/Director, Centre for Leadership and Enterprise, Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich, a Visiting Fellow (2018) and Associate Member (2018-21) of Lucy Cavendish...

Patricia Davies, Dr

Associate Professor at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

Dr Patricia Marybelle Davies is Associate Professor in the College of Science and Human Studies at Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University in Saudi Arabia. She completed a Doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership and Policy at the University of...

English in Education SIG Convenors

Andy Goodwyn, Professor

Professor at University of Bedfordshire

I taught English in secondary schools for 10 years, spending 1 year teaching in the USA.  I became PGCE English course leader at The University of Reading in 1988, course leader of the MA in English and Language in Education in 1990, Head of...

Annabel Watson, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Language Education at University of Exeter

I am Programme Director for Exeter School Direct initial teacher training courses and lead the Exeter Secondary English PGCE. I also supervise several doctoral students. I have been shortlisted several times for the Exeter Students' Guild...

Higher Education SIG Convenors

Craig Hammond, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at Liverpool John Moores University

Craig A. Hammond is Senior Lecturer in Education at Liverpool John Moores University; prior to moving to LJMU, Craig taught across further education and college based higher education (CBHE) for 18 years. From 2015 to 2017 Craig was the Research...

Sanja Djerasimovic, Dr

Research Fellow at University of Exeter

Sanja Djerasimovic is a research fellow at the University of Exeter, where she studies the broad but interconnected areas of higher education policy, academic identity and practice, particularly among early career academics, and citizenship. More...

History SIG Convenors

Deborah Sabric, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Roehampton

Deborah Sabric is a Principal Lecturer and the Head of Postgraduate Learning in the School of Education. A history teacher by training, she has expertise in history teaching, initial teacher training and pedagogy. Her primary research interests...

Heather Ellis, Dr

Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at University of Sheffield

Heather gained her PGCert in Academic Practice from Liverpool Hope University in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in British and European History and History...

Inclusive Education SIG Convenors

Janet Hoskin, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of East London

Dr Janet Hoskin is senior lecturer in Special Education at the University of East London, teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Her research interests include exploring the lives and experiences of disabled children and young...

Louise Arnold, Miss

University of East London

Louise Arnold is a senior lecturer in Early Childhood and Special Education at the University of East London where she leads and teaches on the MA Special Educational Needs and teaches across the undergraduate Early Childhood programmes. Her PhD...

Tom Milson, Mr

Headteacher at Eagle House School (Bramley)

Tom Milson is the Headteacher of Eagle House School (Bramley) in Surrey. As part of the Eagle House Group he leads provision supporting young people who have significant social, emotional and mental health difficulties and Autism. Tom’s PhD...

Independent Researchers Forum SIG Convenors

Agnese Zicari

Born in Italy, attended part of her education in her hometown, where she was awarded with: an A-level ‘Maturità’ Scientifica’ and a BSc Hons in Pharmaceutical Sciences (La Sapienza - Medicine and Pharmacy Department). Subsequently,...

Carrie Birch, Dr

As convenor/independent researcher/practitioner Carrie aims to promote contact between independent researchers and to represent their interests in BERA.  As regards her research Carrie has a commitment to social justice and to sharing the...

Frances Gallannaugh, Ms

Self Employed Research Associate

Frances Gallannaugh is currently a SIG Convenor of the Independent Researchers' Forum

Literacy and Language SIG Convenors

Janet Soler, Dr

Senior Lecturer at The Open University

Dr Soler is a senior lecturer, chair of modules in the inclusive practice pathway, Area G Coordinator for the Language and Literacy area in the Educational Doctorate Programme, and convenor for the British Educational Research...

Barbara Skinner

Ulster University

I work as a teacher educator and researcher in the field of TESOL in the School of Education at Ulster University and I am interested in carrying out research, collaborating with other researchers and learning about and promoting research which...

Mathematics Education SIG Convenors

Colin Foster, Dr

Reader in Mathematics Education at Loughborough University

Colin Foster is a Reader in Mathematics Education in the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University, where he is Director of the Loughborough University Mathematics Education Network, leads an undergraduate module, and teaches...

Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai, Dr

Lecturer in Primary Mathematics Education and Director of Research Communications at University of Reading's Institute of Education

Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai is a Lecturer in Primary Mathematics Education and Director of Research Communications at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education. His research interests focus on the use of storytelling to help...

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education SIG Convenors

Anthea Rose
Anthea Rose, Dr

Research Fellow at University of Lincoln

Dr Anthea Rose is an experienced cross-discipline education and social science researcher with a specific interest in mental health, gender and social justice. Her work is framed within education and social policy and she is particularly...

Michelle Jayman, Dr

Researcher/Lecturer at University of West London

Michelle Jayman is a lecturer in education studies at the University of West London. She is a convenor for BERA’s Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education special interest group, and a Champion for the British Psychological Society Education...

Jonathan Glazzard, Professor

Professor of Inclusive Education at Leeds Beckett University

Professor Jonathan Glazzard currently leads on research in The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. Prior to his appointment at Leeds Beckett University Jonathan led Initial Teacher Education programmes in the primary phase...

Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play SIG Convenors

Tracy Hayes, Dr

Lecturer at University of Cumbria

Tracy Hayes is the current convenor for the Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play Special Interest Group. Tracy Hayes was awarded the 2018 Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize for her paper Responsive, responsible research: Lexi’s...

Mark Leather, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Institute of Education, Plymouth Marjon University

Dr Mark Leather is, with Dr Tracy Hayes, a Convenor of BERA's Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play (NOLAP) special interest group (SIG). He is senior lecturer and programme area lead for the MRes in outdoor education/outdoor learning and BA (Hons)...

Philosophy of Education SIG Convenors

Janet Orchard, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Bristol

Janet is Director of the School of Education's EdD programme in Hong Kong and she oversees the MSc Education Management (Hong Kong). She lectured previously at the Institute of Education, University of London and the Department of Education...

Kate O’Shaughnessy

Education Consultant

Kate is Director of OSC Education Ltd, and consults on a range of national and international educational projects. She is a Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Education/UCL and an Associate for their Centre for Leadership in Learning (LCLL). She...

Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy SIG Convenors

Sarah Metcalfe, Dr

Durham University

Sarah is currently an ESRC-funded postdoctoral fellow at Durham University; whose research focuses on exploring how gendered identities are constructed in, and through, PE and School Sport. Prior to completing her PhD, she attended Durham...

Annette Stride, Dr

Principal Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University

Annette joined Leeds Beckett University in September 2007 and is a Principal Lecturer in the Physical Education Academic Group in the Carnegie School of Sport. As Course Director she teaches on, and oversees provision of, the Physical Education...

Ash Casey, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University

Ash Casey completed a BSc in Sport Studies at West London Institute of Higher Education (1990-1993) before completing a Graduate Certificate in Education in Physical Education at Brunel University College (1995 -1996). On graduating he taught in...

Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning SIG Convenors

Bill Esmond, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Derby

Bill Esmond is associate professor at the University of Derby, where he is cluster lead for research in the field of technical and vocational education and training (TVET), professional and continuing education. Following extensive periods of...

Practitioner Research SIG Convenors

Claire Tyson, Dr

Teacher Researcher at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre

Claire Tyson is a teacher researcher based at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, where she combines teaching science with her research post.  Her PhD was obtained by studying part time with Queen Mary, University of London in Clinical...

Emma Taylor

Teacher of Geography and Research Fellow, PhD student (Sociology) at London School of Economics and Political Science

Emma Taylor has over 12 years of experience teaching Geography to secondary school students in London. Alongside teaching, she has recently undertaken the role of Research Lead at the school in which she currently works. Her research role...

Race, Ethnicity and Education SIG Convenors

Nighet Riaz, Dr

Associate Lecturer at University of the West of Scotland

Dr Nighet Riaz is an early careers researcher and associate lecturer in the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Her research explores how young people and communities can become ‘othered’ fuelled by moral panics to tackle the perceived...

Pere Ayling, Dr

Lecturer at University of Suffolk

Pere Ayling, Ph. D. is a lecturer and a researcher in the University of Suffolk (UOS), Ipswich, United Kingdom. Her areas of specialization include consumption, (in)equality, race, elite education and class (re)production strategies. She is...

Marlon Moncrieffe, Dr

University of Brighton

Marlon Moncrieffe taught in Primary Schools from 1999 to 2013 as Head of PE; Head of English and Head of Mathematics. He was also Deputy-Headteacher leading on curriculum, monitoring and assessment. His doctoral research focused on advancing...

Religions, Values and Education SIG Convenors

Lynn Revell, Dr

Reader in Educaton and Religion at Canterbury Christ Church University

Lynn Revell is a reader in religion and education at Canterbury Christ Church University where she has worked on the PGCE for Religious Education and Citizenship, and now leads the Doctorate in Education. She has worked in secondary schools as a...

Sally Elton-Chalcraft, Professor

Professor of Social Justice in Education at University of Cumbria

Sally Elton-Chalcraft is Professor of Social Justice in Education, and is Director of the Learning Education and Development Research Centre in the Institute of Education  at the University of Cumbria. She teaches and supervises on Doctoral,...

Research Methodology in Education SIG Convenors

Carmel Capewell, Dr

Lecturer in Early Years and Child Development at Oxford Brookes University

Carmel is a Lecturer in Early Years and Child Development at Oxford Brookes University. She has a strong interest in developing innovative research methods, particularly to encouraging the participation of young people in expressing and sharing...

Alison Fox, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Open University

Dr Alison Fox (BSc, Durham; MSc, Aberdeen; PGCE, Cambridge; MEd, Cambridge; PhD, Open) is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the Open University in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education...

Sexualties and Gender SIG Convenors

Joshua Heyes

University of Birmingham

Before coming to the world of educational research, I completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Nottingham, during which I worked on sexual ethics and philosophy of religion. I then took up an exciting opportunity to...

Helen Sauntson, Dr

Professor of English Language and Linguistics at York St John University

Helen Sauntson is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at York St John University. Much of her teaching and research focuses on LGBT+ issues, especially in relation to language and education. As a former teacher, Helen maintains an...

Fiona Cullen, Dr

Senior Lecturer at St Mary's University

Fin Cullen is a qualified Youth and Community worker and worked for over a decade across the UK in a variety of contexts including youth homeless provision, residential settings, day centres, school-based youth services, centre-based, outreach,...

Social Justice SIG Convenors

Carolyn Blackburn

Reader in Interdisciplinary Practice and Research with Families at Birmingham City University

Carolyn is a Reader in Interdisciplinary Practice and Research with Families in the Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education at Birmingham City University. She is also a Churchill Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at the University of...

Sheine Peart, Dr

Lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University

Sheine Peart has worked in schools, colleges, local authorities and youth and community settings.  She taught in Further Education for fifteen years teaching on various vocational programmes and working with challenging students.  She held the...

Vicky Duckworth, Professor

Reader in Education at Edge Hill University

Vicky’s research and teaching spans over two decades, in this time she has developed a national and International reputation for research in Adult Education and Literacy. As such, Vicky has developed considerable expertise in Adult Education...

Social Theory and Education SIG Convenors

Cristina Costa, Dr

Assistant Professor at Durham University

Cristina Costa is Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Durham University. She has a strong interest in educational and digital practices and inequalities. She particularly interested in exploring the intersection of education and...

Mark Murphy, Dr

Reader in Education and Public Policy at University of Glasgow

Mark Murphy is Reader in Education & Public Policy, University of Glasgow. He has published widely in the field of social theory and applied research, with recent books including Habermas and social research: Between theory and method (Routledge,...

Socio-Cultural and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory SIG Convenors

Gurpinder Lalli, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion Studies at University of Wolverhampton

Gurpinder Singh Lalli holds a Senior Lectureship in Education and Inclusion Studies at University of Wolverhampton. He currently teaches on the BA, MA and EdD programmes in the Institute of Education. Gurpinder has a vested interest in the...

Mabel Encinas, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at London Metropolitan University

Dr Mabel Encinas is a member of UoS Social Justice Special Interest Group (SIG) and Convenor of the Sociocultural and Cultural Historical Activity Theory SIG of the British Educational Research Association. She created a board game that supports...

Teacher Education and Development SIG Convenors

Lizana Oberholzer

Senior Lecturer - Teacher Education and School Direct Programme Lead at University of East London

Lizana is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London, Leading on the MA in Leadership in Education. She is passionate about Teacher Education, and led on school-based teacher education at university level and as a SCITT Director. She is a...

Gary Beauchamp, Professor

Associate Dean: Research at Cardiff Metropolitan University

Gary Beauchamp is Associate Dean (Research) for the School of Education and Social Policy and Professor of Education. After many years working as a primary school teacher, Gary moved into higher education as a lecturer at Swansea University. He...

Youth Studies and Informal Education SIG Convenors

Frances Howard, Dr

Lecturer in Youth Studies at Nottingham Trent University

Dr Frances Howard is a lecturer in youth studies at Nottingham Trent University. She has recently completed her PhD investigating ‘disengaged’ young people’s experience of Arts Award programmes. Her research interests focus on young people...

Ian McGimpsey, Dr

Lecturer in Education at University of Birmingham

Ian joined the University of Birmingham School of Education as a lecturer in 2013, immediately following the completion of his ESRC funded doctoral research at the Institute of Education, London. His undergraduate study was in youth and community...