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 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. 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.
• 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 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 It incorporates published and unpublished literature on the topic and sets out a theoretical framework informed by intersectionality.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.
- 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
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.
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
TELT (Technology-Enabled Learning and Teaching) representative
Learning and Teaching Committee Member
PGR Director (June 2018 onwards)