About me/education: My undergraduate course in Anthropology at Goldsmiths college gave me a solid foundation to explore broad notions of what-makes-us-humans from an interdisciplinary, and creative, perspective. It enabled me to transfer anthropological knowledge and understanding as well as (observational) skills into the teaching profession in secondary school (Humanities teacher). I have been teaching in inner city London for 16 years and my doctoral research is certainly inspired by such a lengthy firsthand experience with young people.
My research: Given the growing evidence of worsening mental health and well-being amongst young people, I intend to investigate the extent to which these are mainly caused by the school experience and/or assessment procedures.
The difference my research makes: It hopes to offer, following in depth fieldwork in three London schools, a nuanced analysis of the extent school life plays a role in young people’s mental health and well-being. It adopts an interdisciplinary perspective though anthropology, sociology and philosophy of education to cast light on the potential paradox of learning as a lifelong ongoing process and the mental health and well-being issues associated with formal learning.
Supervisors: Dr Ian Tucker (UEL)