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Dr Cassie Earl

Lecturer in Education and Social Justice

County South

LA1 4YL

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 592828

Research overview

My research interests span from social movements and activism, particularly educational activism and popular education, to higher education all through a lens of social justice and critical pedagogy. I am particularly interested in how individuals and collectives learn from political activity and why and how they produce autonomous spaces of learning. My research has covered social movements, co-operative higher learning providers, community groups, urban public pedagogy, universities (including student unions), free universities and public reading and discussion groups. I have also explored where and how young people create, engage with, and perform culture and what this does to their sense of agency and identity.

PhD supervision

I am happy to consider PhD applications in the following areas: - Political education - Popular and critical pedagogies - Anarchist education - Community education - Alternative and autonomous education spaces - activism and protest in education - inequality in education and associated projects. I am also happy with innovative and participatory research methodologies: Arts and theatre based; action research; co-production and decolonial methodologies; and particularly post-disciplinary knowledge production via methodologies such as 'Bricolage' or 'Militant Co-Research'. If you are interested in any of these areas please feel free to contact me to discuss your proposal.

Profile

My research interests span from social movements and activism, particularly educational activism and popular education, to higher education all through a lens of social justice and critical pedagogy. I am particularly interested in how individuals and collectives learn from political activity and why and how they produce autonomous spaces of learning. My research has covered social movements, co-operative higher learning providers, community groups, urban public pedagogy, universities (including student unions), free universities and public reading and discussion groups. I have also explored where and how young people create, engage with, and perform culture and what this does to their sense of agency and identity.

In my research I utilise participatory and political methodologies, such as bricolage, action research and arts-based methods and am particularly interested in film as a methodology and a medium for learning. Having worked for many years in community education and activism, and theatre before coming into higher education I am keen to work with a diverse range of learners in a diverse range of settings.

My research focusses around political sites of education including (but not limited to):

  • Social Movements
  • Community groups
  • Popular Education initiatives
  • Free Universities
  • Autonomous spaces of learning
  • Co-operative learning groups

I work with theories from

  • Critical pedagogy
  • Popular Education
  • Open Marxism
  • Anarchism
  • Social Movement Theories
  • Critical Urban Studies
  • Public pedagogy

I am also interested in innovative and creative methodologies, such as:

  • Bricolage
  • Action Research
  • Arts and performance based methods
  • Visual Semiotics
  • Co-Production and Militant Co-Research
  • Decolonial methodologies 
  • And other forms of Radical Research

 

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