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Last updated 18th April 2024


Emma joined the School of Education, University of Huddersfield in 2007.  Between 2007 and 2020 she was program lead for BA (Hons) Religion and Education. She has been programme lead for the School’s professional doctorate in education (EdD) since 2020, and deputy director of postgraduate study since 2022.

Emma was awarded her PhD by Cardiff University in 2000.  It is an ethnographic study of Jainism focusing on the devotees of Shrimad Rajachandra, and available for download here:  Emma’s academic interest in religious studies, and dharmic religions especially, is ongoing.  Her range of academic interests has also broadened to include education theory, especially curriculum and pedagogical theory; Religious Education; Climate Change Education; and close-to-practice research in educational contexts.

Emma has been involved in numerous funded research projects. These include a Schools’ Strategic Improvement Fund project evaluating reading interventions, as PI for a NATRE funded kick-starter project on teachers’ close-to-practice research, and as PI for a Culham St Gabriel’s funded project that combined teachers’ evaluation of the Religious Education Council’s CORE Report (2018) with teachers’ close-to-practice research.  Currently, she is involved in curriculum development project for RE called After Religious Education (PI, David Lewin, University of Strathclyde).

Through academic citizenship Emma is well-networked across professional religious education communities. She is an executive member of the Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education (AULRE), and executive member of the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE), and a co-opted member of Kirklees SACRE.  Emma is also a chief and principal examiner for the International Baccalaureate World Religions programme.  Emma has engaged in consultancy, continuing professional development, and curriculum development work with Culham St Gabriel’s trust, the International Baccalaureate, and SACREs across the Yorkshire regions.

Emma has supervised numerous doctoral researchers to successful completion and won the University of Huddersfield’s supervisor of the year award in 2019.  She is interested to hear from talented scholars seeking doctoral supervision across academic disciplines that intersect with education theory, Religious Education, Climate Change Education, or close-to-practice research.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • climate change education
  • close-to-practice research
  • education theory
  • Jainism in educational contexts
  • religious education
  • religious studies
  • Education theory; especially curriculum and pedagogical studies
  • Close-to-practice research


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