I began researching education because when training to be a secondary school teacher I found schooling was various forms of violence done to children and staff. Lucky for me I got Clive Harber- author of the Routledge book Schooling as Violence - as my supervisor at Birmingham University and worked also with Nick Peim. So a perfect team for my philosophical work on educational alternatives. Since then I have worked at Stirling University on educational theory and now at Newman University in Birmingham. I am interested in education but think that we need to be interdisciplinary if we are to move beyond a stuck educational imagination. So I'm an explorer. I enjoy teaching students about alternative education and watching the shifts in consciousness that occur. I supervise doctoral students in the areas of alternative education and seek actively to build community of alternative educationista. To this end I founded and edit the journal Othereducation.org, co-convene with my colleague Max Hope the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Alternative Education SIG and edit a book series on alternative education.
PhD, Birmingham University, Birmingham, 2011
Ba Hons Philosophy, Durham University, 1995
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Home education, democratic education, philosophies of alternative education, education about alternative sexualities, adopter and adoptee expereince, silence in education, silence in society.
Personal Interests
I like all kinds of art and culture.