Dr Heather Knight

Dr Heather Knight

Lecturer in Education

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



Heather is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Plymouth. She has worked in Higher Education for over 10 years. She specialises in equality and social justice, and has particular interests in critical theory, critical pedagogy and critical race theory. Heather is a local artist and has a background in Community Work. She has worked with arts for social justice programmes, drawing together interests in creativity and the arts as a language for engaging in critical thinking around troublesome issues. Her doctoral thesis, 'The Impact of Arts Education Programmes on Anti-Racist School Practice in the South West of England', brought together two core interests of anti-racist work and the role of the arts for social transformation. 


BA (Hons) Community Work MSc Social Research 
PhD Education 

Professional membership

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) 


Teaching interests

I teach on the BA Education programme, and have delivered guest lectures on the MSc Social research course and BSc (Hons) Sociology. 



Research interests

I am interested in the following areas of research: 
Anti-racism in predominantly 'white' and rural areas
Arts and social justice education 
Dangerous and troublesome Knowledge 


Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Knight H (2014) 'Articulating injustice: an exploration of young people's experiences of participation in a conflict transformation programme that utilises the arts as a form of dialogue' COMPARE-A JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION 44, (1) 77-96 , DOI
Knight H (2015) 'Social justice and the arts' JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING 41, (1) 102-105 , DOI
Anderson J, Dodd D, Huggins V, Kelly O, Knight H & Wickett K (2011) 'Using mixed methods: Frameworks for an integrated methodology' JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING 37, (4) 501-503 , DOI
Knight, H. and Jones, E. (2023) ‘Speaking Through Silence: Embracing fear and shame in anti-racist education’. In Pulsford, M., Morris, R. and Purves, R. Understanding Education Studies: Critical issues and new directions. London: Routledge, pp, 128-136. 
Knight H & Jones E (2023) 'Speaking Through Silence: Embracing fear and shame in anti-racist education' in Pulsford M; Morris R; Purves R Understanding Education Studies Critical Issues and New Directions London Taylor & Francis 128-136
Other Publications
Knight H (2018) The Impact of Arts Education Programmes on Anti-Racist School Practice in the South West of England.