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Mr Malcolm Richards

Graduate Research Assistant



I am a cis-male. I was born in London to Guyanese and St Lucian parents of African descent. I am a former teacher, senior leader, and advisory teacher in schools across England and Wales. I live with my wife and two daughters in Devon. I am RastafarI. 

My role as a Graduate Research Assistant focuses on the research project De/colonising Educational Relationships in Teacher Education (2020/21), in which we draw upon Pirbhai-Illich and Martin (2020) work on decolonizing relationships in relation to a UK HEI context. This project is a collaboration between the University of Regina (Canada) and the University of Exeter (UK), and supported by EDI, CEEN and REEN.

My research interests broadly draw upon a wealth of influences including critical auto-ethnography, critical pedagogies, critical race theory, Black British studies, cultural studies, dialogic eduation, digital tools, and decolonizing educational relationships in teacher education.

Informed by theories of "critical authoethnography" (Boylorn,, 2021), "critical dialogue" (Freire, 1970), “funds of knowledge” (Moll,, 1992) and others, my thesis seeks to conceptualise a teacher education and development framework for dialogue, grounded by intergenerational life-histories with Black teachers of African Caribbean descent from across primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom.

I am a co-editor for The Open Review (2021) Dialogic Pedagogy: A International Journal (2021) and peer reviewer for EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) Conference 2021 (2021) and Journal for Philosophy of Education (2020/1). 

See my student profile here.


  • BA (Open) in Social Sciences, The Open University (United Kingdom)
  • MA in Education (Thinking, Creativity and Technology), University of Exeter (United Kingdom)
  • 1+3 PhD in Education, University of Exeter (United Kingdom) - due for completion in 2022



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