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)
Environmental education; outdoor education.
Education for Sustainable Development/Sustainability Education in secondary schools
Comparison of mainstream and 'small school' approaches to ESD
The effect of supermarkets on small businesses in market towns in Devon
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.
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
‘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'