Dr Cath Gristy
Lecturer in Education Studies
Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
My first degree was a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Biology and I have a secondary Science Post Graduate Certificate of Education. My Masters degree was in Special Education and I focused on the voice of young people in SEN processes and practices. My doctoral thesis, Life on the edge: the role played by school in the lives of young people from a rural community in the South West of England, reflects my interest in issues of inclusion and education in rural contexts.
I am a member of the British Education Research Association, the European Education Research Association, World Education Research Association and the Society for Research into Higher Education.
Roles on external bodies
I am a member of the management committee of a community Youth Club. I also co-convene a locality youth hub which supports leaders who work with children and young people.
I teach on the BA Education Studies and the Masters in Education programmes. I also supervise EdD and PhD students.
Staff serving as external examiners
I am the external examiner of the Master of Education: Critical Enquiry programme at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
I am interested in the following areas of research:
Education research in rural contexts
Inclusion and exclusion in school contexts
Supporting teachers engaged in school based research
The development of collaborative, co-operative ways of working and researching in education.
- PhD in Education
- Professional Theory and Practice
- VOYAGE: Rural and urban ageing and health inequalities
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Gristy, C. (2019). Journeys to school in rural places: Engaging with the troubles through assemblages. Journal of Rural Studies. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.10.016
Gristy, C., Letherby, G., & Watkins, R. (2019). Schooling, selection and social mobility over the last 50 years: An exploration through stories of lifelong learning journeys. British Journal of Educational Studies, 1-17. doi:10.1080/00071005.2019.1589416
Gristy, C., Whalley, J., & Miller, L. (2018). Thinking about bus journeys to school: A playful approach to working through lived experiences with young travellers. Teachers and Curriculum, 18(1), 77-79.
Gristy, C., & Johnson, R. (2017). Home-to-school transport in contemporary schooling contexts: an irony in motion. British Journal of Educational Studies, 1-19. doi:10.1080/00071005.2017.1346229
Gristy, C. (2014). Engaging with and moving on from participatory research: a personal reflection. International Journal of Research and method in Education. doi:10.1080/1743727X.2014.940306
Boyask, R. A., Rees, T., Gristy, C., & Knowler, H. (2014). Implications of localism in educational policy on the aspirations of young people in Cornwall. Social and Public Policy Review. Social and Public Policy 8, 19-31
Anderson, J., & Gristy, C. (2013). Coaching of staff in schools: what can we learn from the new role of the Masters in Teaching and Learning in-school coach for schools and the higher education tutors working alongside them?. Journal of Education for Teaching, 39(1), 107-122. doi:10.1080/02607476.2012.733194
Gristy, C. (2012). The central importance of peer relationships for student engagement and wellbeing in a rural secondary school. Pastoral Care in Education. doi:10.1080/02643944.2012.671343
Educational research and schooling in rural Europe: An engagement with changing patterns of education, space and place. Editors: Cath Gristy (School of Education, University of Plymouth, UK), Linda Hargreaves (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK), Silvie R. Kučerová (Faculty of Science J. E. Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem, Czechia) IAP BOOK SERIES Current Research in Rural and Regional Education. Editors Michael Corbett (University of Tasmania) and Karen Eppley (Penn State University). Due for publication in 2020
Anderson, J., & Gristy, C. (2014). Coaching of staff in schools: What can we learn from the new role of the masters in teaching and learning in-school coach for schools and the higher education tutors working alongside them? In L. La Velle (Ed) Masterliness in the Teaching Profession (1st ed), London:Routledge (pp. 106-121).Gristy, C. (2014). Doing Educational Research in Rural Settings: Methodological issues, international perspectives and practical solutions. In S. White (Ed.), Doing Educational Research in Rural Settings: Methodological issues, international perspectives and practical solutions (1st ed.). London: Routledge.
Gristy, C., Kucerova, SR. & Smid, J. (2019) Distribution, efficiency and choice:
Social justice and small schools in rural areas in market oriented education systems.1st International Conference of the Journal Scuola Democratica. Education and Post-democracy June 2019 Cagliari Italy
Gristy, C., & Anderson, J. (2018). Working Cooperatively Across University And School Settings. A Narrative Of One Journey. European Conference for Education Research (ECER), Bolzano, Italy.
Gristy, C. L. (2018). The School bus as agentic assemblage. Royal Geographical Society-IGB Conference, Cardiff.
Gristy, C. (2017). The Private Troubles and Public Issue of Selective Schooling on the Basis of Aptitude: Lessons from Lifelong Learning Histories. In European Conference for Education Research (ECER), UCC, Copenhagen.
Gristy, C. & Cutting, R. (2016). Sustainability and Inclusion: Similar Discourse, Different Outcomes. In European Conference for Education Research (ECER), UTC, Dublin.
Gristy, C. & Anderson, J. (2015). Developing a Collaborative Research Group with Co-operative Schools: Exploring the Principles and Practicalities. In British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference. Queens University, Belfast.
Gristy, C. (2015). Stories from the School Bus: Being Heard and Spreading the Word through Deleuzian Assemblage. In International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois
Gristy, C. L. (2014). Exploring the experiences of lifelong learners and their journeys to school: a narrative study. In European Conference for Education Research (ECER). Porto.
Gristy, C. (2013). Research and rural communities: An engagement with ethics. In ISFIRE. Perth, Western Australia.
Gristy, C. (2013). The role of school in the lives of young people and their communities – a case study from a rural community in South West England. In Education, Youth Poverty and Social Class. Kingston University, London.
Gristy, C. (2011). The school bus: a facilitator and barrier to school attendance. In European Conference for Education Research. Berlin, September.
Gristy, C., Boyask, R., Smith, H., & McKay, A. (2010). Coherency, flexibility and connectedness in work-based learning: an action research study to evaluate, develop and disseminate innovations designed to enhance students' work-based learning. In Society for Research in Higher Education. Newport.
Gristy, C. (2010). The social role of school in the lives of young people from a rural community in England. In European Conference for Education Research. Helsinki.