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Academic biography

Susan is an Assistant Professor in Geography Teacher Education at DCU's Institute of Education.

Susan's primary role is in Geography and Sustainability Education within Initial Teacher Education programmes. She coordinates the MEd in Geography / History Education and the Children's Geographies modules on the MEd in Poverty and Social Inclusion. She also teaches on the Bachelor of Education, Professional Masters in Education and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

Susan is the Deputy Director of the DCU Educational Disadvantage Centre, a founding member of the DCU Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship (CHRCE), of the DCU Centre for Research in Teacher Education (CREATE)  and a member of the DCU Water Institute.

Susan's research interests span teacher education and education at all levels, with a focus on critical approaches to experiences in place in 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 is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Geographical Association's (GA) Governing Body. She is a member of the Geography Education Research Collective (GEReCo), and a Committee Member of the Geography Society of Ireland (GSI). She sits on the Editorial Board of the International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education (IRGEE) and is a reviewer for a number of other publications. 

Susan holds a number of volunteer roles. She is a trustee of the Geographical Association, having been President in 2020/21. She sits on the board of the Dublin Northwest Partnership, supporting existing and emerging Local Community Groups. She is Chair of the Board of Management of St Columba's National School in North Strand Dublin. 

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 research interests are in geographies of children and youth and the teaching and learning of geography, specifically children's capabilities, participation 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 and April 2022 - 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