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Beth Cross, with an MSc in African Studies and PhD in Sociology of Education from the University of Edinburgh, has been researching the interface between formal and informal learning contexts for the last fifteen years and is particularly interested in dialogic methods of exploring learner identities, strategies and trajectories.  Her interests include deliberative democracy, and service user voice and participation in health, social services and education. She has taught in the areas of community education, social policy and children’s services in England and Scotland and worked with a number of creative interdisciplinary projects that involve visual and dramatic arts in order to expand the modalities for deliberation and participation.

External positions

Committee Member, Scottish Community Learning and Development Council

30 Jan 2018 → …

CLD Standards Council Approval Committee Member

3 Mar 201430 Jan 2018

Social Pedagogy Development Network

1 Nov 2012 → …


  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Service-user engagement
  • Policy Co-production
  • Forum Theatre
  • Asset-based Approaches
  • Visual Reasoning

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Research Output

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    Strength-based approaches: a realist evaluation of implementation in maternity services in Scotland

    Cross, B. & Cheyne, H., 31 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Public Mental Health. 26, 4, p. 425-436 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Community-based participatory research in healthcare: Ethical issues and impact on healthcare practitioners

    Lewitt, M., Campbell, P. & Cross, A., 2017, Healthcare ethics for healthcare practitioners. Lategan, L. O. K. & Van Zyl, G. J. (eds.). Stellenbosch, South Africa: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, p. 81-96

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter