Dr Geetha Marcus
- Lecturer in Education (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)
telephone: +44 (0) 1387 702025
I am a sociologist, feminist and teacher activist whose research and teaching interests focus on social inequalities within public education systems. I have extensive professional experience in the field of primary education, both in classroom practice and in senior management, and in 2016 published a study for the Scottish Parliament, 'Closing the Attainment Gap', on educational achievement and equity. In 2012, I was awarded a jointly funded Scottish Government/ESRC doctoral research into the educational experiences of Gypsy/Traveller girls in Scotland.
In the course of my research, I conducted in-depth interviews with young Traveller women about their racialised and gendered experiences within public spaces of school and private spaces of home. My book Gypsy/Traveller Girls: Silence, Agency and Power is in press with Palgrave Macmillan. As a South Asian and advocate of black feminist thought and methodology, my work also explores research into the marginalised experiences and multiple identities of women of colour from a postcolonial perspective.
• PhD (University of Edinburgh), Education
• MSc (Distinction) (University of Edinburgh), Education
• PG Cert (Distinction with Merit in Teaching) (Northern College of Education, Aberdeen), Primary Education
• BA (Hons) (National University of Singapore), English
- Race, class and gender inequalities in education, families and communities
- Experiences of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller girls
- Experiences of young women of colour and/or women on the margins
- Closing the educational attainment gap
College Strategic Research Fund (CSRF), College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow (£2000), October 2017
British Sociological Association (BSA) Regional Early Career Event (£1000) Women of Colour Researchers in Scotland: A Mentoring Symposium, December 2016
Joint SGSSS and ESRC Internship Scheme at Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), 3-month stipend (May - August 2016). Research Topic: Closing the Attainment Gap: What Can Schools Do?
Joint ESRC and Scottish Government Doctoral Funding, 3-year fully funded tuition fees, stipend and research/travel grant (September 2012 - September 2015). Research Topic: Improving Our Understanding of Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland
I welcome PhD applications from students in any of my main areas of research interest.
Alaa Al Najim: Emotions and Early Years Education (co-supervision with Prof Nicki Hedge)
MA Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Undergraduate)
- Course Convenor: The Teacher as a Professional (DUMF4021)
- Course Convenor: Teachers and Teaching (DUMF3018)
- Course Convenor: School Experience 1 (DUMF1016)
- Dissertation Supervision (4th Years)
MSc Enhanced Practice in Education (Postgraduate)
- Course Convenor: Leadership and Management (DUMF5097)
- Dissertation Supervision
Responsibilities and Affiliations
General Teaching Council of Scotland (Fully Registered Teacher)
Member, British Sociological Association (BSA)
Member, Leadership in Scottish Education Network (LiSEN), Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA)
Academic Service within the School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Mental Health First Aider