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BERA Annual Conference – SIG Best Paper Award

The SIG convenors are encouraged to attend all sessions for their SIG and judge each paper. The ‘BERA Annual Conference 2022 – SIG Best Paper’ is then awarded.





2019 winners

Alternative Education SIG winners

Beth Christie, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Edinburgh

Beth is Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Environmental Sustainability Education and Programme Director for the MSc Learning for Sustainability at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. She is passionate about re-imagining and...

Callum McGregor, Dr

Lecturer in Education/Programme Director Msc Social Justice and Community Action at University of Edinburgh

Callum is Lecturer in Education at the University of Edinburgh and Programme Director for the fully online MSc Social Justice and Community Action. His broad research and teaching interests are located at the intersection of education and social...

Arts Based Educational Research SIG winners

Adam Hart, Dr

University of Salford

Adam Hart, University of Salford Adam Hart is a 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...

Educational Effectiveness and Improvement SIG winner

Emma Browning

King's College London

I first became interested in the use of narrative as a learning tool during my undergraduate degree, studying English Language and Communication at King’s College London. I published my undergraduate dissertation, in which I explored the use of...

Educational Leadership SIG winner

Sergio Galdames

UCL Institute of Education

Sergio Galdames is a PhD candidate at the UCL Institute of Education. Sergio PhD focusses on the career of baby boomer, Gen Xer and millennial headteachers in Chile. Sergio has worked in professional development and research on school leaders, in...

History SIG joint winner

Yinka Olusoga, Dr

Lecturer at University of Sheffield

Dr Yinka Olusoga is a lecturer in education and Course Director of the BA in Education, Culture and Childhood at the University of Sheffield. Her research and teaching focus on discourses and histories of childhood, play and education. She...

History SIG joint winner

Yasamin Alkhansa, Dr

University of Sussex

Yasamin completed her PhD at Center for International Education (CIE) at Universy of Sussex, in September 2018. Her thesis, supervised by Prof. Mario Novelli and Prof. Yusuf Sayed, explored the politics of teaching history in the Islamic Republic...

Inclusive Education SIG winner

Kyriaki Messiou, Professor

Professor in Education at University of Southampton

Kyriaki (Kiki) Messiou is Professor of Education at the University of Southampton, UK. Currently she is Director of Research/Deputy Head of Southampton Education School.   Internationally known for her research in the field of inclusive...

Race, Ethnicity and Education SIG winners

Richard Race, Dr

Roehampton University

Dr. Richard Race is Senior Lecturer in Education within the School of Education at Roehampton University. His most recent monograph, Multiculturalism and Education was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Richard has also edited Advancing...

Karamat Iqbal, Dr

Dr Karamat Iqbal has worked in equalities and education over the past 40 years. This has included work as a local authority schools adviser and a consultant to various government departments, including the Department for Education. He has had a...

Carl Parsons, Professor

Visiting Professor of Social Inclusion Studies at University of Greenwich

Carl Parsons is a Visiting Professor of Social Inclusion Studies at the University of Greenwich. He was previously Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University until 2009, and retains an emeritus status there. His background is...

Research Methodology in Education SIG winner

Warren Speed

PhD Researcher at University of Exeter

Warren is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Exeter. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and The University of Exeter, his PhD focuses on how schools in England perceive and implement the ‘Fundamental British...

Research Methodology in Education SIG Highly Commended

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...

Research Methodology in Education SIG Highly Commended

Julia Morris, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University

Dr Julia Morris is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Course Coordinator for Visual Arts Education (Secondary) at Edith Cowan University, and an Honorary Fellow with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of...

Science Education SIG winners

Su Lyn Corcoran, Dr

Research Associate at Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Su Lyn Corcoran is a Research Associate at the Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University and Programme Officer at the Enabling Education Network. Drawing on over a decade's experience of teaching STEM subjects...

Cathy Lewin, Professor

Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Cathy Lewin has over 20 years’ experience of mixed-method evaluations of school-based interventions. She has managed many large-scale evaluations that focus on whole school change and pedagogical initiatives such as technology...

Socio-Cultural and Cultural Historical Activity Theory SIG joint winners

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...

Lucy Rodriguez-Leon

Doctoral Research Student at The Open University

Lucy is a doctoral candidate at The Open University, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. Her professional background is in early childhood practice, where she focused on promoting broad early literacy curricula that value and...

Victoria Bamsey

Lecturer at University of Plymouth

Victoria Bamsey is a lecturer in education and early childhood studies at the University of Plymouth. She is passionate about the early years and fascinated by the increasing number of children accessing home education or alternative forms of...

Socio-Cultural and Cultural Historical Activity Theory SIG joint winners

Carmen Dalli, Professor

Professor, Early Childhood Education at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Carmen Dalli is professor of early childhood education at Victoria University of Wellington, Institute for Early Childhood Studies. She researches across the fields of early childhood (EC) policy, teacher professionalism, infants and toddlers in...

Anna Strycharz-Banaś, Dr

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington

Anna Strycharz-Banaś holds a PhD in sociolinguistics from the University of Edinburgh and is a postdoctoral fellow at Victoria University of Wellington Institute for Early Childhood Studies. Her research interests span communication across...

Miriam Meyerhoff, Professor

Victoria University of Wellington

Miriam Meyerhoff is professor of sociolinguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Her research deals with language variation and change in its broadest perspective and she has a...

Youth Studies and Informal Education SIG winner

Elizabeth Cookingham Bailey

University of Birmingham

Dr Elizabeth Cookingham Bailey will be joining the University of South Wales in January as a Lecturer in Public Affairs. Her research explores the history of education, the policymaking process, the privatisation of education and the mixed...