Projects overview

A list of current research projects being undertaken in the School of Education.


Current projects

Lead staff member

Research Cluster


Start date

End date

Improving teacher awareness and understandings of paediatric OCD Dr Lauren Powell/
Dr Anna Weighall
Education and Psychology ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) Oct 2023 Oct 2027
Re-Emerge: Arts and Health Dr Jessica Bradley Literacies and Language Leeds Hospital Charities/NHS Charities Together, Arts Council England, Research England Jan 2022 Dec 2023
Responsible Innovation in Technology and Ethics for Children (‘RITEC’) Dr. Fiona Scott Literacies and Language The LEGO Foundation October 2021 December 2023
Digiware: Knowledge Exchange in Education and Internet of Things Dr Katherine Easton Education and Psychology HEIF December 2022 December 2023

Humanising the healthcare experiences of people with learning disabilities

Professor Dan Goodley Education and Psychology / Identity and Marginalised Communities ESRC September 2022 August 2025

Reimagining Trustworthy Autonomous Systems with Disabled Young People

Dr Lauren White and Professor Dan Goodley Education and Psychology / Identity and Marginalised Communities EPSRC / TAS Hub March 2022 March 2023

Disability Matters

Dan Goodley Education and Psychology / Identity and Marginalised Communities TBA    

The School Meals Service: Past, Present - And Future?

Dr Heather Ellis Childhood and Youth / Knowledge and Systems ESRC Oct 2022

Oct 2024

Tired of spinning plates: an exploration of the mental health experiences of adults and/or older carers of adults with learning disabilities Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole Education and Psychology NIHR/HSDR Oct 2022 Nov 2024
A positive early education: Theory, intervention modelling, and evaluation (PECE-TIME) Dr Anna Weighall  Education and Psychology The Nuffield Foundation  April 2022 February 2024
Maker{futures} Dr Alison Buxton Literacies and Language Multiple funders Jan 2020 Open ended
Capturing relational practice in educational psychology Dr Harriet Cameron/Dr Penny Fogg Education and Psychology Funding provided by The University of Sheffield Jan 2022 Jan 2023
WorldBuilders: Digital Literacies and Media Arts in Primary Education Dr Alison Buxton/Becky Parry Literacies and Language Paul Hamlyn Foundation July 2021 July 2023
Autistic adults' constructions and experiences of autism Dr Harriet Cameron Education and Psychology British Academy March 2020 March 2023

iHuman Research Centre

Professor Dan Goodley and Dr Kirsty Liddiard Centre for Critical Psychology and Education TUOS Jan 2015 Ongoing
Why Can't We Dream Dr Kirsty Liddiard Education and Psychology ESRC    
Sheffield Anti Racist Education SHARE Dr Christine Winter Education and Psychology      

Psychoeducation for Young People with Neurodisabilities

    ESRC Impact Accelerator fund    
Re•Storying Autism in Education Dr Harriet Cameron/Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole Education and Psychology Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant    
Mad Mothers Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole/Dr Penny Fogg Education and Psychology SSHRCH Insight Grant    
IPS Beyond SMI: maximising individual placement and support (IPS) beyond severe mental illness (SMI) Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole Education and Psychology NIHR    

Recent projects


Professional development for educational change: building inclusive and culturally responsive practices

Dr Liz Chesworth Early Childhood Education ESRC September 2021 October 2022 

Gender Diversity and Game Avatar Designs

Dr Aneesh Barai Childhood and Youth HEIF March 2022 Sep 2022
My Media, My Power, My World: Designing a New Interdisciplinary Primary School Subject Dr Ryan Bramley/
Dr Sabine Little
Literacies and Language Holistic Think Tank Feb 2022 Aug 2022
Mental Health and Technology at Sheffield Dr Katherine Easton Education and Psychology eNurture - UKRI mental health network funded project July 2021 July 2022

How do D/deaf people experience suspense in film?

Dr Kirsty Liddiard/
Dr Ryan Bramley
Literacies and Language Sheffield Innovation Programme and Paper Jan 2022 July 2022

Childhoods and Play British Academy

Professor Jackie Marsh Early Childhood Education The British Academy April 2012 March 2022

A National Observatory of Children’s Play Experiences During COVID-19

Yinka Olusoga Literacies and Language ESRC Nov 2020 Jan 2022