Dr Miranda Matthews

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Educational Studies
Email m.matthews (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 717 2227
Dr Miranda Matthews

Miranda Matthews lectures in Art and Education at Goldsmiths. Matthews worked as a practising artist and taught in schools and sixth-form colleges (2004-14). She completed a PhD in Educational Studies while teaching (Goldsmiths 2012). Matthews researches issues of freedom, autonomy and representation in the arts and learning. She applies post-structural and existential philosophy through qualitative and practice-based research.

Academic Qualifications

SFHEA, Higher Education Academy, 2016.
PhD Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, 2012.
PGCE Art and Design, Goldsmiths, 2004.
MFA University of Reading, 2003.
BA Fine Art, First Class Hons. Birmingham City University, 2000


Miranda Matthews lectures on the PGCE Art and Design course. She contributes to the BA Education Culture and Society, leading the Introduction to Creativity and Learning module and teaching on Critical Practice and Dissertation modules. Miranda leads the Critical Pedagogy in Contested Space module for the MA Artist Teacher. She supervises students for the PhD in Art Practice and Learning and Educational Studies programmes in the department.

Prior to teaching at Goldsmiths Miranda led Philosophy of Education at the University of East London (2015-16). She also taught on the Qualitative Methods course for the Doctoral Schools of Goldsmiths and Queen Mary University (2012-14).

Research Interests

Area of supervision:

Miranda Matthews currently supervises doctoral students focusing on theoretical understandings of art practice in learning and on issues of participation and inclusion in learning in the arts. She can also offer PhD supervision on research which considers applications for philosophy in education, studies of policy and governmentality and issues of identity and representation.

Professional projects:

Miranda Matthews is currently developing research into visual and discursive practices for addressing issues of intersectional cultural dissociation for undergraduates. Matthews is researching approaches across fields in education, through arts practice and philosophy.

Relating to art and design education, Matthews is also investigating practitioner responses to changes in education policy. Individual and collaborative strategies in practice and adjustments in ethos, are being considered with a view to building theoretical and practical support.

Other interests:

Practice in drawing and creative writing.




Matthews, Miranda. 2019. Art, Disobedience and Ethics: The Adventure of Pedagogy.Dennis Atkinson, 2018, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9783319873619. Studies in Art Education, ISSN 0039-3541

Matthews, Miranda. 2018. Agency and social construction: practice of the self in art and design. International Journal of Art and Design Education, ISSN 1476-8062

Matthews, Miranda. 2018. The Conflicted Other in Policy Making: Focusing on Art Education. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, ISSN 2051-0969

Matthews, Miranda. 2018. Counter Hegemony in Post-compulsory Art and Design and Gallery Education, through Sartre and Foucault. Pedagogy Culture and Society, ISSN 1468-1366

Matthews, Miranda. 2017. [Book Review] Modernising School Governance: Corporate planning and expert handling, by Andrew Wilkins, London, Routledge, 2016, 188 pp., £36.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-0815360674. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, ISSN 0159-6306

Matthews, M.. 2008. How can we Create the Conditions for Students’ Freedom of Speech within Studies in Art? International Journal of Art and Design Education, 27(2), pp. 133-143. ISSN 1476-8070

Conference or Workshop Item

Matthews, Miranda. 2019. 'Arts pedagogy as introduction of ‘strangeness’: disruptive aesthetic discourse and the concern for ‘student satisfaction’'. In: Radical Practices Symposium. Ruskin School of Art, United Kingdom 22 January 2019.

Matthews, Miranda. 2018. 'Responding to Policy Changes since 2010: An Investigation of the Adjustments and Strategies of Art and Design Practitioners'. In: NSEAD Annual Conference: The Artist Teacher - Practice and Pedagogies. NSEAD Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford, United Kingdom.

Matthews, Miranda. 2017. 'A practice-based consideration of Foucauldian 'Art of the Self': Reflecting on self-definition in learning and diversity of cultural representation in the arts'. In: British Education Research Association Conference 2017. Sussex University, United Kingdom 5th September 2017.

Matthews, Miranda. 2017. 'The Conflicted Other in Policy Making: focusing on Art Education'. In: British Education Research Association Conference. Sussex University, United Kingdom 5th - 7th September 2017.


Matthews, Miranda. 2017. Culture shock in British universities: An investigation of visual and discursive practices for intersectional representation.

Matthews, Miranda. 2018-2021 A study of visual and discursive practices for the intersectional representation and wellbeing of undergraduates in British Universities.

Matthews, Miranda. Responses to education policy since 2010: An investigation of the adjustments and strategies of art and design practitioners.