Dr Margo Greenwood
Honorary Research Fellow and Evaluator for Thinking Schools @Exeter


Margo is currently leading full-time education and social inclusion research at iNGO Sightsavers, but also continues to carry out thinking school accreditations for Thinking Schools @Exeter (formerly the Cognitive Education Development Unit) at the University of Exeter.

Margo designs and undertakes participatory research on inclusive education and, more broadly, equity, empowerment and human rights in the global South, mainly in East and West Africa. She is involved in:

  • Community-based participatory research
  • Training teachers, parents and young people as peer researchers
  • Gender and disability in the global South
  • Building Communities of Practice
  • Story as methodology
  • Participatory implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Margo completed her PhD in education here at Exeter in 2012, having received a scholarship from the university. Her thesis was an ethnographic study of creative practitioner approaches with young people in challenging circumstances. It explored ways of cultivating a young person's humanity and empowerment through care and challenge in school community, with a focus on mobilising the present as a source of possibility and agency.

Before becoming a research fellow, Margo taught at key stage 2, then as a secondary English and Drama teacher for several years.

A list of current research can be 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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