Research

My research interests are focused on youth, citizenship and gender. My recent research has involved explorations of youth citizenship identities in contexts of postcoloniality in the Global South, an area that is currently of high policy concern given the valorisation of global citizenship within the SDGs.

More broadly, my interest in youth citizenship identities reflects a concern for how education contributes to the production of identiites. This includes an interest in the structures of difference that lead to the exclusion or marginalisation of particular groups - e.g. gender, class, ethnicity, religion, or age.

I have conducted both qualitative and mixed methods research and draw on feminist, post-structural and postcolonial theorists to explore issues of power and identity formation. 

As an experienced doctoral supervisor, I welcome PhD applicants interested in youth citizenship identities in different contexts of the Global South, particularly through ethnographic or qualitative approaches to research.

Ongoing and Previous Research Projects

  • Troubling Muslim Identities: Nation, Religion, Gender (2014-2017) directed by Professor Máiréad Dunne, with Dr Naureen Durrani and Dr Kathleen Fincham.
  • Rural Youth Employment in Sub Saharan Africa: A mixed methods study (2017-2020), funded by International Federation for Agricultural Development, directed by Dr Jim Sumberg, IDS, with participation of Centre for International Education and Global Studies.
  • Gender and citizenship in contexts of postcoloniality (2015-6-16) funded by Sussex Research Opportunity Fund, in collaboration with Dr Eric Ananga, University of Winneba, Ghana.
  • Women’s Leadership of Higher Education in South Asia (2013-2014), funded by the British Council, directed by Professor Louise Morley
  • Youth as Active Citizens with respect to education and sexual and reproductive health rights (2012-14), funded by Oxfam Novib/SIDA and directed by Professor Mairead Dunne, with Dr Naureen Durrani and Dr Kathleen Fincham
  • Exploration of formative assessment within collaborative challenges in Scottish Primary Schools (2008-9), Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Award 08-0406
  • Exploration of the career trajectories of newly qualified researchers (2008-09), funded by the Annual 'Newer Researcher' Prize (2008) of the Society for Research into Higher Education
  • Vocational learners and higher education transitions (2007-8), funded by the British Academy and directed by Dr Sarah Aynsley
  • The student experience of the viva voce (2006-7), directed by Dr Paul Yates
  • Evaluation of Jersey Actioning Formative Assessment (JAFA) (2006) with Professor Judy Sebba
  • Internet-Based Assessment (2002-2004) funded by the EU Minerva Action and directed by Dr John Pryor and Professor Harry Torrance