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Research interests

Through my research I try to reflect both the complexity and human agency at the heart of education. I am also interested in how digital technologies bring both opportunities and tensions to the processes of education and professional learning.

My research is predicated on the belief that the complexities of professional learning and teacher development can only be addressed through methodological innovation, hence my interest in narrative and life history methodologies as well as design-based and mixed methods of education research.

Supervisory Interests

I supervise doctoral students in various areas relating to:

  • professional learning
  • teacher education and development
  • pedagogy
  • digital technologies.

I have particularly expertise in qualitative methods drawing on narrative and biographical methodologies. My experience of doctoral supervision includes a number of successful completions and current students, as well as significant experience of doctoral examinations both nationally and internationally.


  • Mobile Learning in Saudi Higher Education
  • Digital Tools, Spaces and Places as Mediators of Youth Work Practice
  • The Phenomenon of Learning and Applying Anatomy for Podiatry Practice


  • A cross generational study of how English subject teachers use narrative to make sense of and describe significant moments of their teaching careers
  • The enablers of, and barriers to, reading for pleasure in the Key Stage 3 English curriculum?
  • The participation rights of young children in early childhood education and care settings


Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 1 Dec 2011



External positions

External Examiner MA, St Mary's University, Twickenham

1 Sep 201431 Oct 2018

Editorial Board, Technology Pedagogy and Education

1 Sep 2014 → …

External Examiner PhD, British University in Dubai

… → 22 Jun 2017

External Examiner PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University

… → 21 Jan 2020

PhD First Opponent, University of Agder

… → 14 Sep 2018

External Examiner PhD, University of Nottingham

… → 16 Jan 2018

External Examiner PhD, University of Southampton

… → 27 Feb 2017


  • L Education (General)
  • Teacher Development
  • Professional Learning
  • Pedagogy
  • Digital Sociology
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Narrative Ecology
  • Learning Theory
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Teacher Agency
  • Praxis


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