Emma Macleod-Johnstone

Academic profile

Dr Emma Macleod-Johnstone

Lecturer in Education
Plymouth Institute of Education - School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

The Global 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. Emma's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 10: SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

About Emma

I've worked in publishing, advertising, marketing and public relations, and specialised in crisis management and corporate identity for large international organisations. All this evolved into an abiding deep interest and involvement in human relationships, working with trauma, and counselling and psychotherapeutic work. Also, power and politics and the complexities and dynamics of individual and collective inter-relationships. My doctoral thesis was all about these very things. 

Being human is a lifelong project of perpetual challenge and change and continuous learning. Hence my teaching practice over the last three decades has been very much focused on the personal -professional development of students and learning communities, 'engaged pedagogy', and with an interest in all gender matters, feminist theories, teaching and research practices, together with the complex issues of love, kindness, vulnerability, transformation, and wellbeing. 

I continue to work as a practicing counsellor working with Jungian psychology.

Supervised Research Degrees

I have, and continue to, supervise students on the BA Education, The MA Education, and PhDs in the Plymouth Institute of Education, as well as the Faculty of Health. 


I supervise MA Education dissertations, and PhD students and I am currently a co-Programme Lead for the BA Education (with Foundation) - working with one of the best teams ones could wish for.

I module lead:

Introduction to Critical Questions in Education

Independent Study Project: Beginning Research Matters

Introduction to Work-Based Learning

Gender and Difference

Wellbeing and Education

Children and Stories 

Contact Emma

Floor 5, Rolle Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
+44 1752 585472