I am a Lecturer in Education, based in the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion. I teach primarily on the Education Studies degree, on a range of undergraduate modules. I draws on a background in Primary Teaching and Educational Research.
My research converges around a focus on people’s experience of place and space. This includes exploration of play, literacies, community and culture; physical, virtual and hybrid space; lived and affective experience.
I am also interested in multimodal literacies and meaning making practices and have employed various visual and aural modes in my own academic work. This is exemplified by recent work that uses comic strips, illustration and a focus on soundscapes as a means of exploring theory and representing the complexity of the social world.
PhD Thesis: ‘Exploring the lived experience of an after school Minecraft Club’
This work provides an ethnographic study of a group of children creating a ‘virtual community’ using the video game Minecraft, during an after-school club. It illuminates the emergent dimension of play that occurs through collaborative engagement, in and around a virtual world.