PhD students

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Thomas Quehl

Past PhD Candidate
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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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Clare Stanhope

PhD Candidate
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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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Ioannis Athanasiou

PhD Candidate Museum and Educational Studies
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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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Angela Gigliotti

Past PhD Candidate
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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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Katharina Kayser

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

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Kimberley Foster

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

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Sanju Unjore

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

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Chunwen Su

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

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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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Allison Zionts

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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.

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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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Fay Lofty

Mphil/PhD student
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Fay is researching how children's literature is perceived and experienced by working-class families.

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Sara Shahwan

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

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Chloe Lewis

Mphil/PhD Student
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Chloe Lewis is a part-time PhD student, funded by the Educational Studies Department at Goldsmiths.  Her research examines the role of Black academics in shaping the educational experiences of UK Black students. 

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Jessica Boyd

PhD Candidate
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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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Devina Paramdeo

PhD Candidate
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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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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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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

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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Klaudia Matasovska

PhD Student
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Klaudia is a Special Educational Needs teacher and a full-time PhD student in the Department of Educational Studies.

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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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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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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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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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Heidi Kukkonen

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

Shahina Sultana

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”.

Serphina Simmons-Bah

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

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Alice Penfold

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.