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Dr Emma Jones
Room 932
Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
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  • Lecturer in Education and Gender
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a Lecturer in Education and Gender at the UCL Institute of Education.  

My PhD was funded by an Excellence Scholarship from the University of East London.  I have a MA (Distinction) in Education, Gender and International Development and a MRes (Distinction) in Education and Social Research Methods from the UCL Institute of Education.  My academic and professional career also includes a BSc in Geology and Geography and a PGCE in Geography from the University of Birmingham.  I hold QTS and have taught Geography, Sex and Relationships Education, and History in secondary schools the UK, China and Thailand.  

I have experience as a research consultant and have worked on projects for:

  • The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) on their Gender Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) project
  • The Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF) on a research project about the Security Risk Management of Aid Workers with Diverse Profiles

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research in gender and international development is interdisciplinary and informed by feminist epistemologies and decoloniality.  I am particularly interested in how knowledges about gender come into being (and/or are excluded) in global policy and practice and I have recently conducted research on this theme at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  My research typically draws on qualitative approaches, with a focus on ethnography, and explores the inseparability of ethics, ontology and epistemology.

I am currently working on the following research projects:

1. A UCL funded research project to explore the experiences of LGBTQ+ staff at UCL.

2. A CTTR funded research project using walking interviews to understand PGCE student experiences of racialisation while training to become teachers

I am also working on the following enterprise project:

Evaluation Exchange - A collaboration between UCL and voluntary sector organisations, the project seeks to embed the use of successful evaluation approaches within the voluntary sector in East London.  I am working with Money A&E, a social enterprise that provides money advice and educational services to diverse ethnic communities in East London. I have also taken on an intern from the University of East London for the duration of this project.

Teaching Summary

PhD Supervision:

Yaya Ji (2020 - Current) An Ethnography of Gender and Sexuality in a Chinese Primary School - with Professor Michael Reiss

Academic year (2021-2022):

UCL Institute of Education:

  • Programme Leadership Team for MA in Education
  • Module Leader for MA in Education Dissertation
  • Guest Lecturer for Feminist Approaches to Knowledge and Pedagogy - Feminist Epistemologies
  • Guest Lecturer for Understanding Research - Ethnography

UCL Centre for Gender and Sexuality Studies:

  • Guest Lecturer for Multidisciplinary Approaches to Gender Studies - New Materialisms
  • Supervisor for MAGSR Dissertation 

SEP-2019 – OCT-2021 Co-Chair of IOE Early Career Network   UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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