Bio

I have worked in education since the late 1990s, mostly in Italy and England. In 2007, I started work in schools, first as a teaching assistant supporting students with learning difficulties in a school in Camden and then as an English teacher in a comprehensive secondary. In 2013, I was a researcher-manager of curriculum and assessment for one of the main assessment organizations in the UK, Cambridge Assessment, before leaving to begin my Ph.D. at Manchester Metropolitan University.

My doctorate (2017) was based on two years’ ethnographic fieldwork in a secondary Academy school with innovative learning spaces, researching how teachers’ work was shaped by the designed space (and how they sought to adapt it). That research became the thesis A School’s Lived Architecture: the politics and ethics of flexible learning spaces.

Throughout 2017-19 I am carrying out an independent research project on school-building programmes in Italy, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and based first at the University of Florence and then at Monash University, Australia until the end of March 2019.

Academic Qualifications
Ph.D. Education 2017, Pass No Corrections: Manchester Metropolitan University
Masters in Teaching and Learning 2012, Letter of Distinction: Institute of Education, UCL, London
MA English Education 2012, Distinction: Institute of Education, UCL, London
Masters in Development Economics 2005, 103/110: UniversitĂ  di Roma, Tor Vergata, Italy
BA (Hons) English and Italian 2000, Grade: 2.1: Cardiff University and Salerno University, Italy

Teaching Qualifications
PGCE English 2009, Distinction: Institute of Education, UCL, London
Certificate TESOL 1999: Trinity International Examinations Board