Who's Who

CENCSE seeks to be an eclectic, open and flexible group. It is led by a core group who are based in the Graduate School of Education.  Staff from other units across the University and external affiliates are welcome; please contact Dr Kerry Chappell for further details.


Core Members
Kerry Chappell (Centre Co-coordinator): My research finds a home within CENCSE as it focuses on creativity in education, and how this can be humanising, embodied, ethical and sustainable. I’m interested in conceptualising creativity in education and in how creativity can contribute to developing sustainable educational futures via the arts and interdisciplinarity.
Fran Martin (Centre Co-coordinator): I work with academic and external partners to expand theoretical and practical understandings of transformative learning, intercultural learning and cultural difference. A coming together of these through dialogue to see what emerges from the ‘inter’ space is a form of being that challenges the objective-driven, binary knowledge systems that dominate in the West, by including (not replacing with) relational, plural ways of being, knowing and valuing, which are seen to be crucial to educating for just and sustainable futures.  These research strands have been developed through the Re-Place network.
Gaby Meier: I argue that the multilingual turn establishes an irreversible shift in how we understand language, the learners and learning. My interest is in multilingualism as an often undervalued individual and social resource that offers potential for creative and interdisciplinary approaches in view of more sustainable and socially cohesive futures.
Deborah Osberg: My work relates to the core concepts of the centre as I use ‘emergentism‘ (a complexity-based philosophy that makes sense of the sustainable creativity and future orientation of ‘being’) to develop theoretical frames sufficient for redressing various damaging imbalances of power arising from mechanistic thinking in educational contexts.
  Tom Ralph: I am currently completing my PhD which focusses on disaffected pupils attending a sponsored academy which is in the process of being rebuilt. It focuses on pupil identity and how they act to affect the type of place that the school is. 
Hermione Ruck Keene: My research is in the sociology of music; I am interested in situations where musicians from different backgrounds find themselves making music alongside one another, whether it be old and young, amateur and professional, or musicians from different genres. I have explored issues of musical identity which arise from these contexts in my current PhD study of Dartington International Summer School, and in a small-scale case study of a choir combining amateur and professional singers. I am an active singer and music educator myself, as can be seen from my photo!


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