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Keynote Speaker

Pat Thomson, Professor

Professor at University of Nottingham

Pat Thomson PSM PhD FAcSS FRSA is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham where she convenes the Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacies ( CRACL, She worked as a school leader for twenty years in disadvantaged schools in South Australia before moving into higher education. She arrived in the UK in 2003. Her writing and research is usually collaborative and focuses on socially just pedagogies and the policy and organisational arrangements that support them. Her current work is in three areas: (1) the arts and creativity in schools, communities, museums and galleries, (2) alternative education, and (3) academic writing and doctoral education. She has published twenty two monographs and edited collections, is an editor of Educational Action Research Journal and co-edits two Routledge book series, Critical Approaches to Educational Leadership Management and Administration and The Insider’s Guide to Academic Success. Her academic writing blog Patter ( is followed internationally, and she frequently runs writing workshops and courses for doctoral and early career workshops around the world.

Pat Thomson's contributions

Researching creative practices in schools

Our review of the CP archive showed a preponderance of case study research (Thomson, Coles, Hallewell, & Keane, 2014). Some of this used surveys, but almost all of it was interview (including...

Video24 Jun 2019