Dr Geetha Marcus

  • Lecturer in Education (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)

Biography

Professional/teaching experience

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 have conducted an extensive range of 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 due at the end of 2018 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 within predominantly ‘white’ spaces at work and in communities.

Qualifications

• 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

Doctoral research

Doctoral thesis: Breaking the Silence: The Intersecting Invisible Experiences of Gypsy/Traveller Girls in Scotland
Supervisor: Dr Akwugo Emejulu, Dr Gillean McCluskey

The thesis explores the educational experiences of 17 Scottish Gypsy/Traveller girls supplemented by some 30 other informants involved with education and related areas impacting Gypsy/Travellers.  It incorporates published and unpublished literature on the topic and sets out a theoretical framework informed by intersectionality.

The girls’ stories are highlighted and juxtaposed alongside the general problems encountered by Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland to reveal a complex narrative.

This research attempts to address a gap in the literature in which Gypsy/Traveller girls’ experiences are misrecognised and erased through non-recognition. My thesis offers space for the voices of Gypsy/Traveller girls to be heard and highlights their agency in the private spaces of home and the public spaces of education.


Research interests

  • Race, class and gender inequalities in education, families and communities
  • Experiences of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller girls
  • Experiences of young women of colour or women on the margins
  • Closing the educational attainment gap

Grants

  • 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


Supervision

I welcome PhD applications from students in any of my main areas of research interest.


Teaching

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

 


Additional information

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

Personal Advisor

Ethics Reviewer


Publications

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Number of items: 19.

2019

Marcus, G. (2019) Gypsy and Traveller Girls: Silence, Agency and Power. Palgrave Macmillan: London. (In Press)

2018

Marcus, G. (2018) Scotland’s Imperial Past and Present: Patterns, Complexities and Contradictions. Rethinking Race in Scotland, Glasgow, UK, 27 Jan 2018.

Marcus, G. (2018) The Colour of Scholarship. Scottish Race Equality Network Meeting, Edinburgh, UK, 31 Jan 2018.

2017

Marcus, G. (2017) The Colour of Scholarship. [Website]

Marcus, G. (2017) The Politics and Complexity of Silence in the Marginalised Lives of Young Gypsy/Traveller Women in Scotland. 5th European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG), Lausanne, Switzerland, 8-10 Jun 2017.

Marcus, G. (2017) Reclaiming Intersectionality. 2nd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 7 Oct 2017.

2016

Marcus, G. (2016) Closing the Attainment Gap. Piecing Together the Jigsaw Policy Lab 2, Edinburgh, UK, 25 Nov 2016.

Marcus, G. (2016) Power, Silence and Agency: The Educational Experiences of Gypsy/Traveller Girls in Scotland. Centre for Research in Families and Relationships Seminar, Edinburgh, UK, 15 Nov 2016.

Marcus, G. (2016) Race, Gender, Class and Age: The Intersecting Experiences of Gypsy/Traveller Girls in Scotland. The Critical Race and Ethnicity Network (CREN)’s 2 nd Annual Conference: Intersectional Interventions: Connecting Oppression Anywhere to Oppression Everywhere, Sheffield, UK, 21 Oct 2016.

Marcus, G. (2016) The Racialised and Gendered Experiences of Gypsy/Traveller Girls in Scotland. BSA Postgraduate Forum and BSA Race and Ethnicity Study Group Seminar, London, UK, Oct 2016.

Marcus, G. (2016) Black Feminism and the Racialised, Gendered Experiences of Gypsy/Traveller Girls in Scotland. 1st Black Feminism, Womanism, and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe, Edinburgh, UK, 3 Sep 2016.

Marcus, G. (2016) Plenary Closing Remarks. 1st Black Feminism, Womanism, and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe, Edinburgh, UK, 3 Sep 2016.

Marcus, G. (2016) Closing The Attainment Gap: What Can Schools Do? Project Report. Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), Edinburgh.

Marcus, G. (2016) 2nd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe: closing remarks. [Website]

2015

Marcus, G. (2015) The Intersecting Invisible Experiences of Gypsy/Traveller Girls in Scotland. Children and Youth Studies Network Seminar, Edinburgh, UK, 25 Nov 2015.

Marcus, G. (2015) Marginalisation and the voices of Gypsy/Traveller girls. Cambridge Open-Review Education Research e-Journal, 1(2), pp. 55-77.

2014

Marcus, G. (2014) From the Margins to the Centre: The Educational Experiences of Gypsy and Traveller Girls in Scottish Schools. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, London, UK, 23-25 Sep 2014.

Marcus, G. (2014) From the Margins to the Centre: The Educational Experiences of Gypsy and Traveller Girls in Scotland. Kaleidoscope Graduate Student Research Conference: Opening up the Ivory Tower, Cambridge, UK, 29-30 May 2014.

2013

Marcus, G. (2013) From the Margins to the Centre: The Educational Experiences of Gypsy and Traveller Girls in Scottish Schools. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Postgraduate Symposium, Glasgow, UK, Oct 2013.

This list was generated on Tue Sep 25 08:50:32 2018 BST.
Number of items: 19.

Articles

Marcus, G. (2015) Marginalisation and the voices of Gypsy/Traveller girls. Cambridge Open-Review Education Research e-Journal, 1(2), pp. 55-77.

Books

Marcus, G. (2019) Gypsy and Traveller Girls: Silence, Agency and Power. Palgrave Macmillan: London. (In Press)

Research Reports or Papers

Marcus, G. (2016) Closing The Attainment Gap: What Can Schools Do? Project Report. Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), Edinburgh.

Conference or Workshop Item

Marcus, G. (2018) Scotland’s Imperial Past and Present: Patterns, Complexities and Contradictions. Rethinking Race in Scotland, Glasgow, UK, 27 Jan 2018.

Marcus, G. (2018) The Colour of Scholarship. Scottish Race Equality Network Meeting, Edinburgh, UK, 31 Jan 2018.

Marcus, G. (2017) The Politics and Complexity of Silence in the Marginalised Lives of Young Gypsy/Traveller Women in Scotland. 5th European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG), Lausanne, Switzerland, 8-10 Jun 2017.

Marcus, G. (2017) Reclaiming Intersectionality. 2nd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 7 Oct 2017.

Marcus, G. (2016) Closing the Attainment Gap. Piecing Together the Jigsaw Policy Lab 2, Edinburgh, UK, 25 Nov 2016.

Marcus, G. (2016) Power, Silence and Agency: The Educational Experiences of Gypsy/Traveller Girls in Scotland. Centre for Research in Families and Relationships Seminar, Edinburgh, UK, 15 Nov 2016.

Marcus, G. (2016) Race, Gender, Class and Age: The Intersecting Experiences of Gypsy/Traveller Girls in Scotland. The Critical Race and Ethnicity Network (CREN)’s 2 nd Annual Conference: Intersectional Interventions: Connecting Oppression Anywhere to Oppression Everywhere, Sheffield, UK, 21 Oct 2016.

Marcus, G. (2016) The Racialised and Gendered Experiences of Gypsy/Traveller Girls in Scotland. BSA Postgraduate Forum and BSA Race and Ethnicity Study Group Seminar, London, UK, Oct 2016.

Marcus, G. (2016) Black Feminism and the Racialised, Gendered Experiences of Gypsy/Traveller Girls in Scotland. 1st Black Feminism, Womanism, and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe, Edinburgh, UK, 3 Sep 2016.

Marcus, G. (2016) Plenary Closing Remarks. 1st Black Feminism, Womanism, and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe, Edinburgh, UK, 3 Sep 2016.

Marcus, G. (2015) The Intersecting Invisible Experiences of Gypsy/Traveller Girls in Scotland. Children and Youth Studies Network Seminar, Edinburgh, UK, 25 Nov 2015.

Marcus, G. (2014) From the Margins to the Centre: The Educational Experiences of Gypsy and Traveller Girls in Scottish Schools. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, London, UK, 23-25 Sep 2014.

Marcus, G. (2014) From the Margins to the Centre: The Educational Experiences of Gypsy and Traveller Girls in Scotland. Kaleidoscope Graduate Student Research Conference: Opening up the Ivory Tower, Cambridge, UK, 29-30 May 2014.

Marcus, G. (2013) From the Margins to the Centre: The Educational Experiences of Gypsy and Traveller Girls in Scottish Schools. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Postgraduate Symposium, Glasgow, UK, Oct 2013.

Website

Marcus, G. (2017) The Colour of Scholarship. [Website]

Marcus, G. (2016) 2nd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe: closing remarks. [Website]

This list was generated on Tue Sep 25 08:50:32 2018 BST.