Mahera Ruby

Mahera Ruby is the Co-director of BeLiFS

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Mahera Ruby is a researcher at Goldsmiths, where she is currently co-directing the ESRC-funded research project on 'Becoming literate through faith: language and literacy learning in the lives of new Londoners', as well as working on the Paul Hamlyn Foundation project on 'Developing bilingual pedagogies through partnership between supplementary and mainstream schools'.

She has worked on two ESRC projects ('Intergenerational learning between children and grandparents' and 'developing bilingual learning in mainstream and community contexts'). She is currently completing her PhD at Goldsmiths in the Department of Education, focusing on intergenerational learning taking place in three generations of families whose origins are from Bangladesh.


Gregory, E. and Ruby, M. (2011) The ‘insider/outsider’ Dilemma of Ethnography: Working with Young Children and their Families in Cross-Cultural Contexts. Journal of Early Childhood Research Vol. 9. Issue 2.

Ruby, M., Gregory, E., Kenner, C. and Al-Azami, S. (2010) Grandmothers as orchestrators of early language and literacy lessons. In Lytra, V and
Martin. P (Eds), Sites of Multilingualism: Complementary schools in Britain today (pp57-68). Trentham Books Limited.

Ruby, M., Kenner, C., Jessel, J., Gregory, E. and Arju, T. (2007) Gardening with grandparents: an early engagement with the science curriculum. Early Years 27 (2), 131-144

Kenner, C., Ruby, M., Gregory, E. and Al-Azami, S. (2007) How research can link policy and practice: bilingualism as a learning resource. NALDIC Quarterly 5 (1), 10-13.

Kenner, C., Ruby, M., Jessel, J. Gregory, E., Arju, T. (2004) Intergenerational learning events around the computer: a site for linguistic and cultural exchange in Language and Education