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BERA Annual Conference – SIG Best Presentation Award

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

2023 winners

Early Childhood Education and Care

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Shaddai Tembo, Dr

Lecturer at Bath Spa University

Dr Shaddai Tembo is a lecturer in early childhood studies (UK and China) at Bath Spa University and an associate lecturer at the Open University. He is a trustee for the Fatherhood Institute and an independent speaker, trainer and consultant...

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Lewis Fogarty, Mr

Lecturer at Brunel University

I am currently director of a small group of nurseries in Berkshire and Director of Teaching and Learning at Brunel University, specialising in leadership and management. My EdD research brings these areas together and is focused on developing a...

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Simon Bateson.

Co-Director (Froebelian Futures) & Research Associate (Froebel MSc) at Edinburgh University

I am a Co-director of Froebelian Futures, an international training and research programme which aims to develop and deepen Froebelian pedagogy and leadership in Scotland and beyond. I also support research and teaching with the School of...

Youth Studies and Informal Education

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Ben Lohmeyer, Dr

Lecturer at Flinders University of South Australia

Dr Ben Lohmeyer is a Youth Sociologist and Youth Worker. He is a Lecturer in Social Work (Youth) in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University. Ben's research interests include youth, violence, bullying and...

Educational Research and Educational Policy-Making

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Kate Hoskins, Professor

Professor of Education at Brunel University

Kate is a Professor of Education with a focus on policy. Her research interests rest on the intersections between education policy, identity, inequalities in relation to early years, further and higher education.

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Emma Wainwright, Dr

Reader at Brunel University

Emma is a Reader in the Department of Education at Brunel University London. With a background in Human Geography, her research focuses on the geographies of education, training and welfare, with particular interest in higher education and...

Educational Effectiveness and Improvement

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Stephanie Flower, Mrs

Senior Lecturer in ITE at Oxford Brookes University

Steph currently works in ITE at Oxford Brookes University as a senior lecturer in primary mathematics. In her final year of a PhD with the University of Northampton, Steph hopes that her research will cast a much-needed spotlight on the...

Practitioner Research

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Elizabeth Hidson, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Sunderland

Dr Elizabeth Hidson’s education career began with teaching computing, then school senior leadership and strategic regional secondments. After 14 years in secondary schools, she moved into higher education. She has been a researcher on a range...

Race, Ethnicity and Education

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Penny Rabiger, Ms

PhD Student at Leeds Beckett University

Penny Rabiger is a freelance education consultant and PhD Researcher focusing on race, racism & anti-racism in schools in the UK.

Arts Based Educational Research

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Zoe Lewis, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University

Dr. Zoe Lewis is a senior lecturer in early years at Birmingham City University. Zoe became a teacher and leader in early years settings after spending over 25 years volunteering as a group leader and outdoor activities adviser with the charity...

Comparative and International Education

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Bettina Teegen

Ph.D. researcher at University of Surrey

Bettina Chioma Teegen is a PhD researcher in the department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. She has a Bachelor in Criminology, an MSc in Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health, a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages and a TESOL...

Creativities in Education

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Lisa Stephenson, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University

Lisa Stephenson is a Senior Lecturer in the school of Education at Leeds Beckett University, leading MA Creativity in Education and teaching across ITE. She is founding director of Story Makers Company a practice-based research...

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Angela Colvert, Dr

Lecturer in Education at University of Sheffield

Angela is Lecturer in Education at the University of Sheffield, and Deputy Director of Innovation within the School with particular expertise in co-designing digital games to support creative learning practices (with teachers, children,...

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Rachel Lofthouse, Professor

Professor of Teacher Education at Leeds Beckett University

Rachel Lofthouse is Professor of Teacher Education at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, where she has established ‘CollectivED: the Centre for Coaching, Mentoring, Supervision and Professional Learning’. She has a...

Higher Education

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Paula Miles, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of St. Andrews

Paula is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews. She has extensive experience lecturing and coordinating courses in New Zealand, Canada and Scotland. Paula is currently leading the University's...

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education

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Scott Buckler, Dr

Chartered Teacher at Holy Trinity School

Scott is a Chartered Teacher and a Chartered Psychologist, with a career in primary and secondary education, eLearning, and various roles in higher education. He currently leads Computing and Information Technology at Holy Trinity School, an...

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Harriett Moore, Mrs

IT Operations Manager at Holy Trinity School

Harriett Moore has a diverse background in the fields of both education and research, originally studying animal behaviour before transferring her skills into human behaviour. She has worked as a secondary teacher and IT operations manager,...

Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play

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Nicola Parkin, Mrs

PhD student at Cardiff University

After 15 years of teaching primary and early years, I began a PhD in the School of Psychology at Cardiff University, evaluating the impact of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's Generation Wild project. My thesis focuses on the role of the teacher...

Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy

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Grace Cardiff, Ms

PhD Student/Primary School Teacher at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland

Grace Cardiff is a qualified primary school teacher in Ireland. She is undertaking her PhD journey at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and her work focuses on the use of student voice pedagogies in fostering more meaningful experiences within...

Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning

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Min-Chen Liu, Dr

Research Fellow at Queens University Belfast

I'm a multilingual speaker, and my academic background centers around language learning and teaching. I have developed a solid foundation in various aspects of this field, including heritage language learning. This particular area of study holds...

Religions, Values and Education

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Uzma Asif, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University

Uzma Asif is a lecturer on the PGCE Secondary (science) programme at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has 14 years of experience as a secondary school teacher of science in various contexts in Manchester. She has held positions of...

Research Methodology in Education

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Ben Knight, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of the West of England

Dr Ben Knight is a senior lecturer in Education and former teacher and school leader. He lectures on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) postgraduate programmes, master’s and doctoral programmes at the University of the West of England in Bristol,...

Social Theory and Education

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Jan Hetherington, Dr

Staffordshire University

Dr Jan Hetherington graduated from Staffordshire University with an EdD, with research interests in democracy, school governance and policy. Jan works from a socially critical perspective, utilising Bourdieu to illuminate social inequality. Her...

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Andrew Wilkins, Dr

Reader at University of East London

Andrew Wilkins is Reader in Education and REF Impact Coordinator for UoA 23 Education in the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London where he teaches research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students....

Artificial and Human Intelligence

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David Aldridge, Professor

Head of Secondary and Further Education at Edge Hill University

David taught and led religious education in schools for ten years before moving into higher education. He has taught across a range of programmes in initial teacher education and education studies, initially at King's College London, then Oxford...

History

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Karen Hanrahan, Ms

Lecturer in Education at Institute of Education

Karen Hanrahan is a lecturer in Languages Education at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society. Prior to this Karen was a principal lecturer in Education at the University of Brighton, where she worked for ten years. She began her HE career...

2022 winners

Alternative Education

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Rachael Barrow, Miss

Senior Teaching Associate at Lancaster University

Rachael Barrow is a senior teaching associate, researcher, and writer who has pursued an interest in alternative education and teaching, formally and informally, across childhood and higher educational contexts. Based at the University of...

Arts Based Educational Research

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Victoria Inyang-Talbot, Ms

Lecturer in Secondary English Education/PhD Student at Edge Hill University

Victoria I. Ekpo is a lecturer in Secondary English Education and a final-year PhD student at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. Her research centres around questions of authenticity – the self and their ontology – and ways in which poetry...

Children and Childhoods

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Susan Nichols, Professor

Professor of Education at University of South Australia

Sue Nichols is a researcher, writer, and teacher educator who has pursued an interest in learning across multiple contexts, formal and informal, in and out of school, digital and material. Based in Australia, she has connections in many countries...

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Michelle Neumann, Professor

University Academic at Southern Cross University

Michelle M. Neumann is an Associate Professor in the field of early childhood education and is Deputy Leader of the Early Years Research Lab at Southern Cross University, Australia. Michelle has had over 10 years’ experience working as a...

History

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Richard Harris, Professor

Professor of Education at University of Reading

R Harris is a Professor of Education at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education. Their main area of teaching is in the field of history education and teacher education. In addition, they supervise MA students and EdD/PhD students,...

Joint Inclusive Education

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Alyssa Alcorn, Dr

Postdoctoral fellow at University of Edinburgh

Alyssa is a post-doctoral researcher in the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh. She leads development, evaluation, and knowledge exchange for the Learning About Neurodiversity at School (LEANS) project, a...

Joint Inclusive Education

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Stephanie King, Ms

Hourly Paid Lecturer / PhD student at Nottingham Trent University

Stephanie King is a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University. Supervisors are Dr Andrew Clapham and Dr Anne O’Grady. Having previously been a teacher in a Pupil Referral Unit, Stephanie pursued an interest in SEND, becoming a specialist...

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Andrew Clapham, Dr

Associate Professor at Nottingham Trent University

Andrew Clapham is an Associate Professor and Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for Behavioural Research Methods. Andrew examines the sociology of education and focuses upon how education policy plays out in...

Literacy and Language SIG winners

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Catherine Hamilton, Mrs

University of Oxford

Catherine is a DPhil in Education candidate at the University of Oxford, and Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Her research investigates the effectiveness of using songs as pedagogical tools with...

Joint Mathematics Education

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Matt Woodford, Mr

Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University

Senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University leading the mathematics PGCE and our SCITT provision. Completing a PhD around professional development in mathematic education.

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Andrew Clapham, Dr

Associate Professor at Nottingham Trent University

Andrew Clapham is an Associate Professor and Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for Behavioural Research Methods. Andrew examines the sociology of education and focuses upon how education policy plays out in...

Joint Mathematics Education

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Rachel Marks, Dr

Associate Professor at U C L

Dr Rachel Marks is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton. Her research interests are in primary mathematics education, equity and social justice, assessment and policy. She completed her doctorate examining ability grouping in...

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Alison Barnes, Dr

Principal Lecturer at University of Brighton

Dr Alison Barnes is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton. Her research interests include, primary mathematics education and the role of affect in learning mathematics, and professional learning in education. She is currently working...

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Nancy Barclay, Dr

Principal Lecturer in Mathematics Education at University of Brighton

Dr Nancy Barclay is a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton. Her research interests are in primary mathematics education, in particular mixed-attainment learning in primary schools and the nature of pupil dialogue in mathematics...

Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play

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Alison Murphy, Mrs

Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University

Alison Murphy is a senior lecturer in Primary Education within the Nottingham Institute of Education at Nottingham Trent University. Her research interests include: science education, outdoor learning and inclusive practice. Prior to working in...

Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy

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Anna Rosén, Mx

Lecturer/PhD student at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences

Anna Rosén is a lecturer and PhD student at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in the Department of Movement, Culture and Society. As a trained Dalcroze Eurythmics teacher, dance therapist (DMT) and yoga teacher (T.K.V. Desikachar...

Race, Ethnicity and Education

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Balwant Kaur, Dr

Assistant Professor for Race, Social Justice and Education at University of Birmingham

I am researcher and lecturer at the University of Derby. Prior to this I worked in Further Education and Initial Teacher Education. My research interests at this time include exploring the experiences of women in diasporic communities, culture...

Joint Religions, Values and Education

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Martine Jago, Dr

Professor at Pepperdine University

Martine Jago Ph.D. is a Professor of Education. Her foci are research methodology and Holocaust studies. She received scholarships from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2016) and Yad Vashem in Israel (2022). Dr Jago earned her B.A....

Joint Religions, Values and Education

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David Lundie

David Lundie is senior lecturer in the philosophy of education at Liverpool Hope University. He is the co-director of the Centre for Education and Policy Analysis, and associate editor of the British Journal of Religious Education. He is...

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Fiona Dineen, Dr

Lecturer at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

Fiona Dineen is a lecturer in Religious Education and a member of the Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education at Mary Immaculate College, Ireland. She teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate Initial Teacher Education...

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Clionagh Boyle, Dr

Head of Early Childhood at Liverpool Hope University

Clionagh is Head of Early Childhood and Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Liverpool Hope University. Her interest is in the political dimension of Early Childhood particularly how research is translated in policy and practice. She...

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Olafur Pall Jonsson, Professor

Professor at University of Iceland

Ólafur Páll Jónsson is a professor of philosophy at the School of Education, University of Iceland. He works on philosophy of education, mainly on theories of democracy and social justice, sustainability, philosophy of nature, and philosophy...

Research Methodology in Education

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Martin Johnson, Dr

Senior Researcher at Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Dr Martin Johnson is a senior researcher at Cambridge University Press & Assessment. He has worked as a researcher in Cambridge since 2002, and prior to that he was a primary school teacher for 10 years. His research focuses on a diverse set of...

Social Theory and Education

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Abigail Bowling, Ms

PhD Researcher at University of York

Abigail Bowling is a PhD student currently researching the career decision-making processes of early career teachers. Abigail is interested in debates surrounding structure, agency and reflexivity and how these can be applied to understand...

2019 winners

Alternative Education SIG winners

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Beth Christie, Dr

Senior Lecturer / Programme Director: Learning for Sustainability Programme at The 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...

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Callum McGregor, Professor

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

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Adam Hart, Dr

Lecturer in Music Technology at University of Salford

Dr 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 communication and creative pedagogy, and...

Educational Effectiveness and Improvement SIG winner

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Emma Browning, Miss

Teacher at 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

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Sergio Galdames, Dr

PostDoc at Universidad de Chile

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

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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

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Yasamin Alkhansa, Dr

Research Associate at University of Sussex

Yasamin Alkhansa completed her PhD at the Center for International Education (CIE) at the University of Sussex, in 2019. Her thesis, was an ethnography of official history as lived and enacted in schools in Iran which won BERA's Doctoral Thesis...

Inclusive Education SIG winner

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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

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Richard Race, Dr

Visiting Professor of Education at Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

Dr. Richard Race is Visiting Professor in Education at Sapienza University, Rome, Italy. The third edition of his monograph, Multiculturalism and Education will be published with the Open University Press in March 2024. Richard is also editor of...

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Karamat Iqbal, Dr

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Dr Karamat Iqbal has worked in equalities and education for more than 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...

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Carl Parsons, Professor

Emeritus Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University

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

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Warren Speed, Mr

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

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Jo Trowsdale, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Warwick

Jo Trowsdale is an Honorary Assocaite Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwock. She has extensive policy and practice experience as a former regional director of a systematic government initiative to enhance the role of the place of...

Research Methodology in Education SIG Highly Commended

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Julia Morris, Dr

Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts Education at Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mt Lawley, WA, 6050

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

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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...

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Cathy Lewin, Professor

Professor at 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

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Jan Georgeson, Dr

Associate Professor at Plymouth University

Dr Jan Georgeson is Associate Professor of Education 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 worker supporting...

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Lucy Rodriguez-Leon, Dr

Lecturer in Education (Early Years) 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...

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Victoria Bamsey, Dr

Lecturer at University of Plymouth

As a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Education and Programme Lead for the National Award for SEN Coordination at the University of Plymouth I am interested in questioning education, what education means, what it looks like and where it...

Socio-Cultural and Cultural Historical Activity Theory SIG joint winners

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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...

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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...

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Miriam Meyerhoff, Professor

Professor at 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

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Elizabeth Cookingham Bailey, Dr

Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at University of York

My research focuses on the policy making process specifically the dynamics of the creation of policy and the role of external interests. I am also interested in how policy is implemented by a range of public service providers and issues relating...