Dr Ciaran O'Sullivan

Dr Ciaran O'Sullivan

Lecturer in Educational Studies

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)


Co-Lead, BA Education Studies and lecturer MA Education


BA Hons Modern History & Politics (University of Sheffield, 1994, 2.1)
FdA Environmental Education (University of Plymouth, 2008, Distinction)
BA Hons Education Studies (University of Plymouth, 2009, 1)
PhD 'Sustainability in Secondary Education in England: An Ethnographic Study ' (University of Plymouth, 2014)

Teaching interests

Environmental education; outdoor education.
Education Studies

Research interests

Education for Sustainable Development/Sustainability Education in secondary schools

Other research

Comparison of mainstream and 'small school' approaches to ESD
The effect of supermarkets on small businesses in market towns in Devon

Students' views on 'becoming student' in HE

Grants & contracts

UoP Studentship 2009-2012

2014-15 - R1A funding for research into spirituality in sustainability education (£960)

2015 - two successful bids for funding from PedRIO, both achieving funding in the region of £10k. These are:

1.    “Implementing and Evaluating a Method of Co-operative Inquiry to Embed Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) across all programmes offered by Plymouth Institute of Education” with Cutting, R, Huggins, V, Morgan, A, Summers, D, and Warwick, P.

2.    ‘Becoming Student’- partnerships and voices. Developing a ‘relationships for academic success and transformation’ model with Gibson, S, Parker, M, Pritchard, C, Duffy, J, Fenlon, R and Grace, A.

Creative practice & artistic projects

Occasional ad hoc environmental art pieces in the local area.

Music released as part of 'Farrell Family' on the theme of political traditional songs: http://www.farrellfamilyband.co.uk/

2018 Suanne Gibson, Ciaran O’Sullivan, ChristiePritchard & Andrew Grace (2018) ‘Exploring transitions into theundergraduate university world using a student-centred framework’. Teaching in Higher Education, DOI:10.1080/13562517.2018.1511538

Available here: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/J2rIRjYyMn7hqHZcsuQn/full

Oct 2014

‘Researching the Sustainable School: the ethics of an ethnographic study’, in ‘Research Journeys: revealing the doctoral process’, Lee, E, Blackmore, C & Seal, E (Eds). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Other academic activities

Editorial Board, 'The Plymouth Student Educator', UoP in-house Journal
Referee/Reviewer, 'Environmental Education Research'