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Research interests

My research is interdisciplinary and sits at the intersection between education, health and social policy priorities. My previous research relates to mental health and wellbeing in schools, tackling educational inequality, creative and collabrative approaches to learning, and understanding how change is achieved in complex school systems. My current research is exploring school staff experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on the implications for staff wellbeing. 

Supervisory Interests

I'm interested in supervising research related to:

Whole school, whole system and community based approaches to building resilience and tackling social and environmental issues

Young people's wellbeing and mental health

Inclusion in school systems

Change in the school system

School staff wellbeing and retention

Leadership in school systems

Creative and play based approaches to learning

Knowledge exchange

I am passionate about knowledge exchange and commited to sharing research beyond academic audiences in order to have maximum social impact. This year I have organised a series of knowledge exchange workshops with school based practitioners, local authorities and partner organsiations involved in whole school approaches to promoting mental health and wellbeing. Together we have developed a rich understanding of facilitators and barriers of whole school change, and an acknowledgement of how school based complexity shapes the change process.

Approach to teaching

My teaching is underpinned by a commitment to an inclusive and creative approach to learning. Having taught on PGCE, MA Ed and Ed Doc programmes I understand the value of collaborative discussion, group work and debate in order to synthesise personal and practice based experience with new ideas, knowledge and skills. I aspire to make my teaching relevant to current research and policy, engaging, and accessible. I believe that fostering critical and creative thinking and a sense of belonging to the academic research community is key.

Scholarly biography

Dr Josie Maitland is an ESRC-funded postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Brighton, based in the School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS), where she is also a member of the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice (CRSJ) and the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing (CAW). Josie is a qualified teacher with eight years experience of teaching in schools (both in mainstream and special school settings). Josie has taught on PGCE, Masters and Ed Doc programmes, on the topics of educational research and practice, qualitative data analysis and mixed methods research methodology. Josie’s Masters research explored creative and collaborative approaches to increasing school engagement in young people at risk of exclusion. In 2018 Josie successfully defended her PhD thesis, exploring staff perspectives of a whole-school approach to building resilience. Josie is currently carrying out further research exploring school staff experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a specific focus on understanding the impact for staff mental health and wellbeing.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

Award Date: 24 Jun 2019

Master, University of Chichester

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

Bachelor, Royal Holloway University of London

Award Date: 2 Jul 2007

University of Reading

Award Date: 1 Jun 2007

External positions

Fellow , Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

1 May 2019 → …


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