PhD students

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Ioannis Athanasiou

PhD student
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Ioannis is being funded by the Department of Educational Studies to explore museum interventions with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Jessica Boyd

MPhil/PhD student
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Jessica is a music teacher by trade and has taught in secondary schools across London for over 10 years.

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Ben Dixon

PhD student
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Ben Dixon is studying a PhD in Education. His research focuses on skateboarding and education, with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

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Steven Dixon-Smith

PhD Student
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Steve is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to conduct sociolinguistic research that problematizes categorisations and notions of identity employed in equality initiatives in Higher Education.

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Busra Akgun Ezin

Mphil/PhD student
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Busra is interested in language learning and maintenance in multilingual families.

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Kimberley Foster

PhD student
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Kimberley Foster’s PhD research is within Arts Practice and Learning (Department of Educational Studies).

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Ameena Gamiet

PhD Student
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Ameena Gamiet is the Head of English at a middle school in Berkshire and has worked as a primary school teacher and English Subject Lead for several years.

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Angela Gigliotti

Past PhD student
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Angela’s research interests developed through experiences as a teacher working with adjudicated youth in San Diego, California over the past 20 years.

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Jacqueline Glen

PhD student
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Exploring the Voices of Black and Brown Teaching Assistants, Investigating Power and Status.

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Sam Holdstock

PhD student
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Sam teaches English at a secondary school in London. He is also a part-time PhD candidate, researching the possibilities for Interactive Fiction in the secondary school English classroom.

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Helen Jones

PhD student
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Helen’s PhD research centres on children’s self-published comic making in after school comics clubs, using Action Research as her methodology.

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Katharina Kayser

Past PhD student
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Katharina Kayser is interested in multilingualism in the primary school classroom.

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Mubash-sharah Khan

PhD Student
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Mubash-sharah is currently undertaking her PhD with the Educational Studies Department.

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Heidi Kukkonen

Visiting PhD candidate
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Heidi is a visiting PhD candidate from the University of Agder, Norway

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Yuntong Li

PhD Student
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Yuntong Li's research looks at the effect of the Double Reduction Policy (DRP) on equity and social justice under the nine-year compulsory education system in urban and rural areas in China.

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Mette Lindahl-Wise

PhD Student
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Mette Lindahl-Wise holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Southern University, Denmark, and a MA in Anglo-American Literary Relations from UCL.

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Klaudia Matasovska

PhD student
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Klaudia is an Associate Lecturer in Education, Inclusion and SEND at the University of Derby. She also works as a researcher at Goldsmiths. She is a former Special Educational Needs teacher and a PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies.

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Hasan Mohammad

PhD Student
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My research explores the relationship between beliefs and practices with regard to the teaching of vocabulary among English language teachers.

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Terri Newman

PhD student
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Terri's research employs practice-based methodologies to investigate collaborative pedagogies and communities of praxis in Art and Design Education/

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Harry Oulton

MPhil/PhD student
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Harry is currently in the second year of his creative writing PhD. He is re-writing a Robert Louis Stevenson novel from the 19th century as a way of exploring the methodology of adaptation as it applies to Children’s Literature.

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Devina Paramdeo

MPhil/PhD student
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Devina is a full-time PhD student and her thesis focuses on gentrification and its relationship to parental school choices

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Molly Pardoe

PhD Student
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Molly Pardoe is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Arts and Learning.

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Alice Penfold

MPhil/PhD student
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Alice's PhD research centres on representations of identity in young adult fantasy fiction, exploring how gender and language impact the shaping adolescent identity.

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Lidiya Petrova

PhD student
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Lidiya’s research interests lie primarily in the area of foreign language teaching and learning in various contexts, as well as the importance of cultural awareness for effective cross-cultural communication.

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Thomas Quehl

Past PhD student
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Thomas Quehl’s PhD research is based in the Department of Educational Studies and explores teacher agency in multilingual pedagogies.

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Sara Shahwan

PhD student
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Sara Shahwan is interested in children’s interaction with poetry and the environment.

Serphina Simmons-Bah

MPhil/PhD student
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Seraphina is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies.

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Anusika Sivaganeshan

PhD Student
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Anusika is a part-time PhD candidate in the faculty of Education.

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Clare Stanhope

Past PhD student
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Clare is currently studying for her PhD in Arts Practice and Learning. She draws on feminist, new materialist theory and creative pedagogical practices in order to disturb dominant sexist representations of the female body, and develop alternative forms of feminist sensory arts practice.

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Chunwen Su

Past PhD student
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Chunwen's research study aims to investigate how Chinese teenagers adapt to learning in a new educational system.

Shahina Sultana

MPhil/PhD student
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I am a full-time PhD student and my research investigates “Digital Literacies as a Bridge to Maintaining Heritage Language Among Bangladeshi Immigrant Families in East London”.

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Sanju Unjore

PhD student
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Sanju Unjore is funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (UK) to undertake a study on the education system in Mauritius.

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Cátia Verguete

Past PhD student
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Cátia has completed her PhD in Education focusing on the processes of (re)-creation, interpretation and appropriation of language policies.

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Kelly Worwood

Past PhD student
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Kelly's research interests include social inequality in statutory education and wider society.

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Allison Zionts

MPhil/PhD student
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Allison is a full-time teacher at a secondary school in South London and a part-time PhD student exploring decisions around LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and practices in single-sex schools in England.