School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies


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School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
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Academic biography

Susan works in Geography Teacher Education at DCU's Institute of Education. She is a trustee of the Geographical Association, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Committee member of the Geographical Society of Ireland.

Susan teaches on a range of programmes including the BEd, PMEP and BECE. She coordinates the MEd in Geography / History Education and the Children's Geographies modules on the MEd in Poverty and Social Inclusion. Susan is a member of a number of DCU centres: the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship, Educational Disadvantage Centre and the Water Institute.

Susan is a member of the Geographical Association's (GA) Governing Body, having been GA President in 2020/21. She is a member of the Geography Education Research Collective (GEReCo), and a Committee Member of the Geography Society of Ireland (GSI).

Editorial Board of the International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education (IRGEE).Editorial Board of the International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education (IRGEE). 

Susan's own research interests span teacher education and education at all levels. She has a particular interest in critical approaches to places and spaces in geography education. Current projects in teacher education include research with students who are the First Teacher in their Family (FiF) as well as enquiry based learning (EBL) in teacher education and schools. Projects with schools include SeasonsPace (seasonal growing and associated learning) and WaterWonders (use of the outdoors with schools). Recently completed projects include the Science Foundation Ireland Irish Sign Language (ISL) Glossary for Geography & Environmental Science.

Susan welcomes contact from organisations and individuals interested in all areas outlined above. Prospective students for study at Masters (Taught and by Research) and Doctoral level are also welcome to contact Susan by email. 

Research interests

Susan's main research interests are in the teaching and learning of geography, specifically children's capabilities, participation, digital technologies and the process of enquiry. She also researches in teacher education, including work on first-in-family teachers. 

Conference Planning 
Geography Teacher Educators' Conference, UK - January 2021 - Conference Planning Board 
Geographical Association, Guildford - April 2021 - Chair of Conference Planning Board 
Geographical Association, Online - April 2020 - Conference Planning Board Member 
International Geographical Congress - August 2024 - Chair of International Geography Olympiad 

Research activity
Teacher education
Pedagogies and practices of Teacher Education, including inquiry in ITE
Teacher experiences and identity in Teacher Education
Children and young people's geographies and participation
Critical and justice based pedagogies in schools and communities
Children and young people's participation in schools and local communities
Teaching and learning in schools
Teaching and learning in geography, citizenship, social and climate justice
Learning outdoors, locality and community across the curriculum
Digital technologies for teaching and learning, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS)  
Curriculum making and enquiry learning in schools