Dr Hannah Chestnutt

“to be mentored, to talk, to laugh”

I graduated in 2018, having completed my thesis The potential of school partnerships to ameliorate educational inequity: A case study of two partnerships in Scotland.  My supervisors were Chris Chapman, Kevin Lowden, and Michele Schweisfurth.

Since graduating, I have been employed as a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University, Canada where I have been enjoying teaching a number of courses to undergraduate students and graduate students, and also conducting research. My current research includes understanding networks of support for under-represented STEM students and network building in sustainability research.  My areas of interest also include social network analysis, knowledge brokering, educational equity, science and maths education.

I have many wonderful memories of my time at University of Glasgow, but some of my favourite memories include travelling to schools, conferences and cafes with senior researchers Kevin Lowden and Stuart Hall.  They taught me so much about how to do educational research.  I am very grateful for the opportunities I had to watch them conduct research, to be mentored by them, to talk with them and to laugh with them.   


Chestnutt, H.R. 2020, "Tensions and choices: the value of the relationship between social network analysis researcher and researched", School effectiveness and school improvement, pp. 1-13

Gonsalves, A.J. & Chestnutt, H.R. 2020, "Networks of Support: Investigating a Counterspace that Provides Identity Resources for Minoritized Students in Post-Secondary Physics", The Physics Teacher, vol. 58, no. 5, pp. 324-327.

Chapman, C., Chestnutt, H., Friel, N., Hall, S. and Lowden, K. (2018) Teachers leading educational reform through collaborative enquiry in Scotland. In A. Harris, M. Jones, J. Huffman, (Eds.) Teachers leading educational reform: The power of professional learning communities (3-22). London: Routledge.

Chestnutt, H. and Chapman, C. (2017) Lessons the US Can Learn from England’s Experience with Specialist Schools. In: Fox, R. and Buchanan, N. (eds) Handbook of School Choice: A Handbook for Researchers, Practitioners, Policy-Makers and Journalists. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

Chapman, C., Chestnutt, H., Friel, N., Hall, S. & Lowden, K. 2016, "Professional capital and collaborative inquiry networks for educational equity and improvement?", Journal of Professional Capital and Community, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 178-197.

Chapman, C., Lowden, K., Chestnutt, H., Hall, S., McKinney, S. & Friel, N. 2016, The School Improvement Partnership Programme: Sustaining Collaboration and Enquiry to Tackle Educational Inequity, Education Scotland.