Dr Geetha Marcus is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology, Sociology & Education division and the Academic Lead for Placements on the BA Hons Education Studies (Primary), BA Hons Education Studies & PGDE Home Economics. 

 

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching and Learning

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. As a practitioner-researcher, I believe there is an urgent need for teachers to employ education methods that effect justice-oriented social change.

My book Gypsy and Traveller Girls: Silence, Agency and Power (2019) critically explores and documents the racialised and gendered experiences of Gypsy and Traveller girls in Scotland, 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 multiple identities and experiences of young people and women on the margins from a postcolonial perspective.

 

Affiliations:

  • Orcid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5610-5344
  • 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)
  • Associate Researcher, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh

Having worked in primary and teacher education, I am concerned that the rhetoric around young people’s attainment tends to focus on class related poverty, often ignoring the complex intersection of inequalities that stem from gender, race, religion, sexuality, disability and, of course, age. Framing ‘the child’ as a distinct group, with their different mix/intersection of social locations, I am interested in the lives and multiple identities of young people who have been marginalised. Concerns around social justice for children and young people, their welfare, wellbeing and human rights form core themes of my professional practice. My research with Gypsy and Traveller children sits firmly within these concerns as they are some of the most marginalised and least achieving in the UK, and yet often ignored or demonised as troublesome Other. I also continue to explore collaborative and participant-led approaches to the lived experiences of Gypsy and Traveller women as their voices remain unheard in mainstream discourses.

Active Research Interests: 

  • Race, class and gender inequalities in education, families and communities
  • Experiences of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller girls, and women on the margins
  • Closing the educational attainment gap
  • Culturally relevant pedagogy for teaching the new century child

Research Methods:

  • Qualitative approaches, black feminist methodology or intersectionality, oral history
Please see my research publications in  eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

I am currently the Academic Lead for Placements on the BA Hons Education Studies (Primary), BA Hons Education Studies & PGDE Home Economics.