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Dr Spela Godec
Room 710
IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury
Tel: +44 (0)20 7911 5548
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  • Senior Research Fellow
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I completed a PhD in Sociology of (Science) Education at King's College London in 2017. My doctoral research explored how gender, social class and ethnicity shape girls' engagement with science in formal and informal contexts. I joined the IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society as a Research Fellow in March 2017 and currently work on Youth Equity and STEM project funded by Wellcome with ESRC and NSF.

Previously, I had completed a Master of Pharmacy degree at the University of Ljubljana and an MSc in Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (Sociology) at the University of Bristol. 

For the past decade, I have worked in the areas of education/social research and healthcare in the public and private sectors. 

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research interests include:

  • sociology of education
  • science education in formal and informal settings
  • social equity
  • gender
  • social class
  • ethnicity and migration
  • evaluation
  • mixed methods & programming

I currently work on the Youth Equity and STEM project (2017-2022), which focused on equitable practices in informal STEM learning settings, such as community centre, science centre, tech clubs and zoos. This Wellcome Trust funded project is a collaboration with the University of Michigan and the Oregon State University/Institute for Learning Innovation. The UK side of the project is led by Professor Louise Archer. This is a mixed-methods study (ethnography, surveys, creative methods) with a strong design focus (using a Design-Based Implementation Research to test and refine equitable practices across different informal science learning settings). 

I am part of the STEM participation and social justice team, where following the five-year Enterprising Science project (2012-2017) I continue to be involved in disseminating findings, delivering professional development sessions for educator and policy professionals, and writing academic and practitioner publications.

In a freelance capacity, I do evaluation and consultancy work for museums, galleries and other education providers (recent work includes Imperial College London's Engineering Outreach programme, Kew Gardens and the Wellcome Collection).

Teaching Summary

I teach on several BA and MA modules (session with a equity/social justice focus), supervise MA and PhD students and examine MA and PhD thesis.

Academic Background
2018   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
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