School of Education

  • Humanistic Perspectives

    Research Group Lead: Dr Susannah Wright

    About the group

    The Humanistic Perspectives research group draws together researchers who adopt a variety of humanistic methodologies (e.g. historical, philosophical, literary, anthropological, socio-cultural, narrative analysis, visual and artistic). Our research is varied but addresses arts, humanities, literature, and learning and identity within and beyond typical institutional settings. We are a collegial and productive community which supports members with their communal, and individual, projects.

    You can find out more about us on our research group website and our blog.

    Our aims

    1. To advocate the value of humanistic research within wider educational and societal debates
    2. To explore and contribute to the development of humanistic research methodologies


    Members of the research group are working as individuals and together on a number of projects.

    • remembrance in schools;
    • youth aspirations in the UK and US;
    • humanities in primary education;
    • landscape in children’s literature;
    • class and ability and political parties in educational policy;
    • ‘peaceful youth’: internationalism and pacifism and young people ;
    • learning with artists and art and design education policy;
    • teacher craft knowledge and cross-phase pedagogy;
    • primary history pedagogy; 
    • learning in museums;
    • student narratives of access to and progression through university;
    • detective novels and education.
    • autistic young people and participatory research.
  • Members

    Dr Patrick Alexander

    Reader in Education & Director, Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development (CECD); Research Lead
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488466 | Email: | Location:

    Dr Sam Child

    Evaluation Manager

    Ms Georgina Glenny

    Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies and Literacy Difficulties
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488570 | Email: | Location:

    Rosa Marvell

    Student Success & Progression Postdoctoral Research Assistant

    Dr Tracey Martin Millward

    Associate Lecturer in Education
    Phone: | Email: | Location: Harcourt

    Dr Rachel Payne

    Principal Lecturer Student Experience
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488339 | Email: | Location: Harcourt Hill Campus

    Dr James Percival

    Senior Lecturer in Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488364 | Email: | Location:

    Dr Linda Shaw

    Senior Lecturer in Child Development and Education

    Mrs Lorna Shires

    Principal Lecturer: Teacher Development Programme Lead : Initial Teacher Education
    Phone: 01865 488315 | Email: | Location: Harcourt Hill Campus BG/30

    Dr Ian Summerscales

    Senior Lecturer in Education
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488532 | Email: | Location: Harcourt Hill Campus

    Mr Nick Swarbrick

    Associate Lecturer (Early Childhood & Outdoor Learning)
    Phone: | Email: | Location:

    Mr Mathew Tobin

    Senior Lecturer in Education: Primary English with Children's Literature
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488355 | Email: | Location:

    Dr Susannah Wright

    Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and Postgraduate Research Tutor
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488909 | Email: | Location: A1.03