Dr Margo Greenwood
Associate Research Fellow


Margo is a research associate with the Graduate School of Education. She is currently working for Sightsavers but also continues to undertake thinking school accreditations for the Cognitive Education Development Unit at the University of Exeter.

Previously Margo has undertaken research, lecturing and tutoring at the Graduate School of Education. She contributed to the PGCE Secondary English and MEd Creative Arts in Education courses and has been involved in:

  • Creative practitioner approaches with young people in challenging circumstances
  • Becoming teacher-researchers - undertaking action research in schools
  • Listening to children's voices through action research
  • PGCE Secondary English training
  • Using visual methods in research
  • Story as methodology
  • Integrating creative and cultural activities derived from the arts into the Science curriculum

Margo completed her PhD here at Exeter in 2012, having received a scholarship from the university. Her thesis was an ethnographic study of creative practitioner approaches in an alternative provision site for 14-16 year olds. It explored ways of cultivating a young person's humanity through care and challenge in school community, with a focus on mobilising the present as a source of possibility and agency. The research highlighted empathic engagement and a sense of mission as ways of doing this. Alongside classic qualitative methods, she also used reciprocal virtual ethnography and explored life writing as a way of communicating the ever-present realities for many young people in challenging circumstances. 

Before becoming a research fellow, Margo taught at key stage 2, then as a secondary English and Drama teacher in Devon and in a London comprehensive school for several years. She has also been a project manager for an enrepreneurial learning organisation. When not at the university, she is an educational development consultant for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

A list of research projects, evaluation reports and commissioned resources are found under the Research tab.




PhD in Education (scholarship)

MSc Educational Research (scholarship)

MA in Creative and Life Writing

BA(Hons)Ed in Education(English)


Professional Qualification:

Associate of Higher Education Academy, Learning to Teach in Higher Education (LTHE Stage 1&2), University of Exeter with Higher Education Academy, September 2011-May 2012

Research group links

Contact details

University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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