Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Religious/Theological Education
Comparative and International Education
Education in Developing Countries
Post/Anti-colonial Critiques of Education
Indigenous Education
Distance Education
Mental Health and Education

Willing to speak to media

1997 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Area of academic expertise - outline

I am a qualitative researcher in social sciences education and have particular expertise in Educational, Religious, Historical, Comparative, research. I teach course in teacher education (including school practicum), education general, religious education, related areas in social science educatio. In my research, I adopt a number of theoretical perspectives:  (a) Critical Theory and Subaltern Discourses in historical and sociological spaces (Antonio Gramsci), (b), Phenomenological Approaches to the study of religion (Ninian Smart), (c) Post/Anti-Colonial Approaches to education (George Sefa Dei), (d) Critical Perspectives on Policy and Practice in Education (Stephen Ball), (d) Selective Tradition (Michael Apple), (e) Risk Society Theory (Ulrich Beck) and (f) Bourdieusian social space in education (Bourdieu).

I have experience examining Masters dissertations and Doctoral theses (PhD and DProf), including doctoral examination ansd chairing doctoral vivas. I welcome masters and doctoral students (see the outline of my academic expertise below).

PhD Thesis Supervision – Completed

  • Mojolaoluwa Opeyemi Alabi (Viva success October 2022): University Graduates’ Self-Directed Learning and the Use of Diversified Strategies in Developing Income Generation Portfolios in Nigeria (as second supervisor).
  • Samson Oyerinde Oladejo (awarded 2022): Discourses of Risk and (In)access to Free Basic Education in Nigeria with Special Reference to the Perspectives of Children and Young People in the Deprived Areas of Lagos (as lead supervisor). Dr Oladejo is now lecturer in Business Management, De Montfort University, UK (
  • Jayakumar Chinnasamy: (awarded 2021): Educators’ Perspectives of Internationalisation in Scottish Higher Education: Culture, Identity, and Constructions of Scottishness (as co-lead supervisor): Dr Chinnasamy is now lectuer in Education, University of the West of Scotland, London Campus (
  • Marjorie McCrory (awarded 2016): Transition from Schoolteacher to University Academic: Exploring Practices, Values, and Identity within and between Professional Learning Communities (as third supervisor). Dr McCroy is senior lecturer and interim Head of Social Work, School of Education and Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland (


Current PhD Students

      Lead (Main/First) Supervisor

  • Gabriel Yolum Chamdimba: Discourses of quality assurance in Malawian private and public universities: A comparative analysis (February 2023).
  • Carly King: Negotiating communication, participation, and fairness in intercultural classrooms among students from different cultural backgrounds in Scottish universities (started Oct 2022).
  • Naga Sai Dinavahi: Regulatory Changes and their Impact on Independent Higher Education Institutions (HIEs) in England: A Case Study (Started Oct 2022)
  • Amira Lagha: An Investigation of How Universities in Algeria Can Engage in Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Enhance Students’ Understanding and Application of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in their Studies:  A CHAT Analysis (started November 2019)
  • Zeyneb Bouzaida: Algerian Muslim Parents’ Understandings of the Purpose of Quranic Schools: A Phenomenological Study (started November 2019)
  • Nor Elhouda Zenati: Policy Networks in Higher Education Policymaking: A Comparative Study of Algeria and Scotland 1999-2020 (started February 2020).
  • Mehdjouba Ghezali: Teaching and Learning in Algerian Prisons: Critical Perspectives of Prison Educators (started October 2019).
  • Hanane Belaidi: Linguistic Repertoires of Algerian Secondary School Teachers: A Bourdieusian Perspective (started 2017).


PhD Second Supervisor

  • Meriem Abid: Exploring Values in the Algerian Second-Generation Curriculum: Critical Perspectives of EFL Teachers (started June 2018)
  • Ikram Boukhetala: Supporting creativity: A comparative case study of Algerian Middle and secondary private and public schools (started 2020).
  • Nasrin Sultana: Leadership and School Improvement Initiatives in Bangladesh Primary Education (started November 2020)
  • Amina Abdessalam: Intercultural competence amongst study abroad students (started 2015).
  • Tamara Horsburgh: The Impact of Holding the Christian Theology of Embodiment for Christian Believers Diagnosed with the Onset of Dementia: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (started 2014 - DProf).


PhD Assessor

  • Nan Yang: Teacher-student Interaction in the Context of College Classrooms: An Investigation of Teacher’s Oral Feedback to English Majors (onging)
  • Chelle Oldham: The Value of Education: a narrative of family choices and educational spaces (ongoing)
  • Ioannis Makris: Technology education in Greece (ongoing)
  • Fekih Miloud:  Dyslexia within the ESL context (graduated)
  • Laura Wilson: Internationalisation of Higher Education: From the perspective of the educator (graduated)
  • Nawel Mansouri (Algeria): The use of a weblog storytelling to develop creative writing among Algerian EFL students (graduated)
  • Nawal Ouchene: Investigation of Cultural Aspects in Algeria Secondary School Textbook (graduated).  
  • Shaddai Tembo: Heteronormativity in Early Years Practice - identifying how heteronormativity manifests, and is sustained, through different spaces of childcare practices in ECEC settings in Scotland (viva success)
  • Houda Aggoun: Understanding family separation in the experiences of Algerian students and families whose children take PhD studies in the UK using the concept of emotional labour (ongoing)


Masters Dissertation Supervision - Completed

  • Lynn Nisbet (2019): Exploring significant aspects of the Seasons for Growth programme: perspectives of individuals in positive destinations.
  • Emily Buckland (2020): Teacher Stress at an International Secondary School in Hong Kong: A Case Study.
  • Michael White (2021): The Potential for Brief Mindfulness-Based Reduction Training in Dealing with Stress for Call Centre Advisers within the UK Banking Industry.
  • Gordon Powrie (2021): An Exploration of School Refusal Among Young People in Scotland, with distinction.
  • Mirjam Duvivié (2021): Loneliness among young people in Austria in the context of Covid-19 health crisis, with distinction.
  • Lynn S. Byers (2021): A Comparative Analysis of Two Early Intervention Programmes to Support Young Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Within the Context of One Local Authority Early Years Support Unit 
  • David Lumsden (2022): Educators’ Perspectives on the Conceptualisation and Application of Trauma Informed Strategies in English Psychiatric Schools: A Phenomenological Study, with distinction.


Prestige and Contribution

Current research activities

  1. SERA conference (November 2022): "Decolonising Scottish Religious Education: A Remote or Distinct Possibility?"
  2. Edited book: Adventist Education in the Twenty-First Century: Transnational Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice (discussions with Palgrave/McMillan as publisher) 
  3. Special Issue Guest Co-Editor: Genders, Sexualities and Religious Education: Theory, Policy and Practice (2024), British Journal of Religious Education:
  4. Special Issue Guest Editors: Contesting and Contested Prison Education as an Approach to Rehabilitative Agendas: Critical Perspectives on the Nature and Philosophy of Education (2023), Societies
  5. Book chapter: “Religion, Peace and Development in Malawi,” inHandbook in Religion, Peacebuilding and Development in Africa (Palgrave-McMillan).
  6. Co-authored book chapter: “When Discussion of Religion is Not Encouraged-- Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” in Jo Fraser-Pearce and James W. Fraser (Eds.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Schools and Religion, (Bloomsbury).
  7. Co-authored book chapter: “Religious Minorities at School South of the Sahara,” in Jo Fraser-Pearce and James W. Fraser (Eds.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Schools and Religion(Bloomsbury.
  8. Book: Christians of the Commandments: A Socio-Historical Study of Seventh Adventism in Malawi (2023-2026)
  9. Book: BaKgatla ba ga Mmanaana of Botswana: A Political History, c.1600-1940 (2024-2027)

Area of academic expertise - outline

I have expertise in the following areas (including Masters and Doctoral supervision):

  • Decolonising/Anticolonising Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Learning
  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Theological and Missiological Education
  • Mental Health/Wellbeing and Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Education in Developing Countries
  • Comparative and International Education
  • Indigenous Studies and Education
  • Prison Education
  • African and Church History
  • Quality Assurance in Higher Education 

Desired research direction

Potential Grant applications

(a) "Improving Quality of Higher Education in Malawi in the Context of UK NARIC Assessment" - Scottish Goverment Malawi Grant

(b) "Who teaches in Prison,  Why and What Qualifies them: Towards the Professionalisation of Prison Education in Scotland - A GTCS Aspiration

(c) Networking with Stakeholders on the Status of and Action for Inclusive Religious Education South of the Sahara.

Target collaborative organisations

Malawi Prison Service

Scottish Prison Service

Schools in Scotland

Schools in Malawi

Universities Africa, South of the Sahara

Third sector providers of prison education in the UK


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

External research/postgraduate supervisor for Adventist Universality of Africa

2015 → …


  • BL Religion
  • L Education (General)
  • H Social Sciences (General)

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