Dr Joanna Haynes

Dr Joanna Haynes

Associate Professor in Education Studies

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

Dr Joanna Haynes can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Child philosophers
  • Teaching controversial subjects
  • Philosophy in schools


Research Leadership
Together with Professor Jocey Quinn I founded and coordinate the Adventures in Posthumanism network http://adventuresinposthum.wordpress.com/ 

Current MPhil/PhD/EdD Supervision

  • Lan Fang Lui's comparative case study of philosophy with children in a UK and a Taiwanese primary school. 
  • Nadeem Al Abdulla's study of non-formal education in Iraqi cultural centres in London.
  • Kevin Walker's study of active citizenship in education
  • Sally Charlesworth's study of art education in primary schools
  • Alison Beaman's study of literacy in early years of schooling
  • Sandra Abegglen's study on Higher Education Collaboration for Learning: Theorising Co-Creation and Partnership for Praxis
  • Alice Potter's study on the Experiences of Children with Lesbian or Gay parents in UK Schools


  • PhD University of Exeter
  • M.Ed University of Bristol
  • BA Hons Philosophy - University of Kent at Canterbury
  • PGCE Primary - Jordanhill College, Glasgow

Following undergraduate studies in Philosophy and a PGCE in primary teaching I began my work in education in 1976 working first as a classroom teacher in Glasgow and later as teacher of English as and Additional Language for Avon Education Authority. I was a Community Teacher at an inner city primary school and then took on the role of Advisory Teacher across East Bristol. I first became involved in initial teacher education and continuing professional development in the 1980s at Bristol University, University of West of England and Bath Spa University. I took up a full time post in teacher education in 1992 and transferred to Educational Studies in 1999. I joined Plymouth University in 2002. My current role involves research and academic leadership, postgraduate supervision and teaching.

I am an Associate of SAPERE (www.sapere.org.uk) and I have worked independently as a consultant, giving presentations and leading courses on teaching critical thinking, philosophy with children and ethical dilemma training across all phases of education, including higher education, both in the UK and internationally.

Professional membership

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of PESGB (Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain)  
  • Member of ICPIC (International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children)
  • Member of SAPERE (Society for Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry In Education)
  • member of BERA (British Educational Research Association)

Roles on external bodies

  • Member of Editorial Board: Childhood and Philosophy, Journal of International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children
  • Member of Editorial Board: The Journal of Philosophy in Schools



Teaching interests

Philosophical practices in education; equality and justice; democratic education; community and intra-generational learning; posthumanism and feminist new materialism; education and childhood; childism and children's philosophies; children's literature; educational research, practitioner enquiry and professional development.

Staff serving as external examiners

I have examined doctoral theses at University of Plymouth, University of Newcastle, University of Exeter, University of Wales, University of London, University of Roehampton, University of Bath Spa, Dublin City University, University of Queensland, Australia and University of Cape Town, SA.



Research interests

My practical and theoretical research is in philosophy of childhood and education; philosophy in schools; children's philosophies and childism; democratic, community and intra-generational learning. 


Other research

Currently acting as consultant on project funded by Government of the Azores titled 'I listen' 


Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Heather Knight

Gillen Motherway

Russell Shobrook

Rhiannon Love

Kevin Walker

Grants & contracts

2021 Appointed External Consultant for the research project escuto.te: vozes das infâncias entre a filosofia e a política, funded by the Azorean Government (Portugal) (M1.1.C/C.S./031/2021/01) and led by Professor Magda Costa Carvalho Teixeira.

2016-19     Project member Decolonising Early Childhood Discourses: a critical posthumanist orientation in higher education. A three-year project with Professor Karin Murris, University of Cape Town, funded by National Research Foundation of South Africa.

2016-18     Plymouth University Pedagogical Institute and Observatory (PEDRIO) funded research project: A University for all Ages? An exploration of age-stereotyping and unconscious bias and its impact on the student experience Collaboration with Drs Marie Lavelle and Cath Gristy (£3540 internal funding).

2015-19     Teachers’ Perspectives on Philosophy for Children PI for project in East London Schools funded by Philosophy of Education Society (GB) (£4600 external funding).



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Haynes J & Peach L (2023) 'Intra-generational encounters with balloons and bread rolls: exploring reciprocity in post/age pedagogic spaces' Pedagogy Culture and Society , DOI Open access
Haynes J & Carvalho M (2023) 'an open-ended story of some hidden sides of listening or (what) are we really (doing) with childhood?' Childhood and Philosophy 19, (mar 2023) 01-26 , DOI Open access
McCutcheon F & Haynes J (2022) 'Leadership matters in democratic education: Calibrating the role of Principal in one democratic school' Journal of Philosophy of Education 56, (6) 957-969 , DOI Open access
Haynes J & Suissa J (2022) 'Creating and sustaining democratic spaces in education' Journal of Philosophy of Education 56, (6) 939-942 , DOI Open access
Haynes J & Murris K (2021) 'right under our noses: the postponement of children's political equality and the NOW' Childhood and Philosophy 17, 01-21 , DOI Open access
París S & Haynes J (2020) 'A Rethinking of Children at Stake. Musings por their Revaluation' Araucaria (43) 170-197 , DOI Open access
Haynes J & Passy R (2019) 'Education and extremisms: rethinking liberal pedagogies in the contemporary world' Journal of Education for Teaching 46, (1) 136-138 , DOI
Haynes J & Murris K (2019) 'Taking Age Out of Play: Children’s Animistic Philosophising through a Picturebook' Oxford Literary Review , DOI Open access
Haynes J & Passy R (2017) 'Racism, Prevent and education: insisting on an open space' Safer Communities , DOI Open access
Haynes JE & MacLeod-Johnstone E (2017) 'Stepping through the daylight gate:compassionate spaces for learning in higher education' Pastoral Care in Education , DOI Open access
Haynes J & Murris K (2016) 'Intra-generational education: Imagining a post-age pedagogy' Educational Philosophy and Theory 971-983 , DOI Open access
Seale J, Haynes J, Gibson S & Potter A (2014) 'Power and resistance: Reflections on the rhetoric and reality of using participatory methods to promote student voice and engagement in higher education' Journal of Further and Higher Education 39, (4) 534-552 , DOI
Haynes J & Passy R (2013) 'Education, extremism and terrorism: what should be taught in citizenship education and why' Journal of Education for Teaching 39, (4) 464-466 , DOI
Haynes J & Murris K (2013) 'The realm of meaning: imagination, narrative and playfulness in philosophical exploration with young children' Early Child Development and Care N/a, , DOI
Haynes JE (2013) 'Gifts of Time and Space: Co-educative Companionship in a Community Primary School' Studies in Philosophy and Education 32, (1) , DOI
Haynes J & Murris K (2013) 'Child as Educator: Introduction to the Special Issue' STUDIES IN PHILOSOPHY AND EDUCATION 32, (3) 217-227 , DOI
Parker-Rees R & Haynes J (2012) 'Informal aspects of ‘becoming peer’ in undergraduate research: ‘still connected but going our separate ways’' Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development 1-13 , DOI
Haynes J & Murris K (2011) 'The Provocation of an Epistemological Shift in Teacher Education through Philosophy with Children' Journal of Philosophy of Education 45, (2) 285-303 Publisher Site , DOI
Gibson S & Haynes J (2009) 'Cultures of Knowledge, Learning and Assessment: an encounter between two Education Studies programmes' Educational Futures 2, (1) 57-70
Haynes J (2009) 'Dialogue as a playful and subversive space in communities of philosophical enquiry' Critical and Reflective Practice in Education 1, (1)
Haynes J & Murris K (2009) 'Opening the Space for Children's Thinking' Farhang, Journal of the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies 22, (69) 175-188
Haynes J & Murris K (2008) 'The ‘Wrong Message’:Risk, Censorship and the Struggle for Democracy in Primary School' Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children 19, (1) 2-11
Haynes J & Murris K (2008) '‘The ‘Wrong Message’' Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children 19, (1) 2-11 , DOI
Haynes J (2007) 'Freedom and the Urge to Think in Philosophy with Children' Gifted Education International 22, (2/3) 229-238
Murris K & Haynes J (2018) Literacies, Literature and Learning Reading Classrooms Differently. Abingdon, Oxon and New York Routledge
Gregory MR, Haynes J & Murris K (2016) The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children. Routledge
Haynes JE, Gale K & Parker M (2014) Philosophy and Education An Introduction to Key Questions and Themes. Foundations of Education Series
Haynes J (2012) 어린이 철학자.
Haynes J & Murris K (2011) Picturebooks, Pedagogy and Philosophy. Routledge
Gibson S & Haynes J (2009) Perspectives on Participation and Inclusion: Engaging Education. Continuum Intl Pub Group
Haynes J (2008) Children as Philosophers. Second edition Routledge
Haynes JE (2008) Children as Philosophers (Greek edition). Greek Athens, Greece Metaixmio
Haynes J (2004) Los niños como filósofos: el aprendizaje mediante la indagación y el diálogo en la escuela primaria. Paidos Iberica Ediciones S A
Haynes JE & Giorza T (2018) 'Beyond Words: Materiality and the Play of Things' Literacies, Literature and Learning: Reading Classrooms Differently Abingdon, Oxon and New York Routledge 87-109
Haynes J & Kohan W (2018) 'Facilitating and Difficultating: the cultivation of teacher ignorance and inventiveness' Literacies, Literature and Learning: Reading Classrooms Differently Abingdon, Oxon and New York Routledge 204-221
Gregory MR, Haynes J & Murris K (2016) 'Editorial introduction: Philosophy for children: An educational and philosophical movement' xxi-xxxi , DOI
Haynes JE & Murris K (2016) 'Readings and readers of texts in Philosophy for Children' The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children Routledge 171-180
Haynes JE (2016) 'Being and Becoming a Philosophical Teacher' Philosophy for Children in Teacher Education: Creating the conditions for learning Routledge
Haynes J (2016) 'Philosophy with Children: An Imaginative Democratic Practice' The Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education Palgrave Macmillan UK 273-287 , DOI
Haynes J (2014) 'Already Equal and Able to Speak: Practising Philosophical Inquiry with Young Children' in Robson S; Quinn S The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Thinking and Understanding Routledge
Haynes JE & Murris K (2012) 'Escuta, hospitalidade e ensino filosofico' in Muller Xavier I; Omar Kohan W Filosofar: aprender e ensinar
Haynes JE (2009) 'Perspectives on Participation and Inclusion: Engaging Education' in Gibson S; Haynes J Perspectives on participation and inclusion Continuum Intl Pub Group 41-66
Haynes JE (2009) 'Perspectives on Participation and Inclusion: Engaging Education' in Gibson S; Haynes J Perspectives on participation and inclusion Continuum Intl Pub Group 113-136
Haynes JE (2009) 'Living PhD: metaphors of research, writing and supervision' The Doctorate: stories of knowledge, power and becoming University of Bristol ESCALATE:Higher Education Academy Education Subject Centre 26-32
Haynes JE (2007) 'Thinking Together: Enjoying Dialogue with Children' in Hayes D Joyful Teaching and Learning in the Primary School Exeter Learning Matters 17-27
Other Publications
Haynes J (2021) Educational research: an unorthodox introduction. Informa UK Limited , DOI Open access
Haynes J Teachers, pupils and primary schooling: Continuity and change. BLACKWELL PUBL LTD 433-435
Haynes J Versions of primary education - Alexander,R, Willcocks,J, Kinder,K, Nelson,N. BLACKWELL PUBL LTD 332-334


Reports & invited lectures

Recent keynotes given:

2022 University College Dublin School of Philosophy conference on Philosophy for Children: Title – Listening: the Hidden Sides. 22-24 June 2022.

2019 BERA Creativities SIG seminar: Disentangling and debating creativity: methodologies for research, assessment and evaluation. London 24th June. Keynote title: Beyond Words: Materiality and the Play of Things.

2018 with Karin Murris and Sara Stanley Literature and Philosophy with Children, Young People and Adults: Creative and imaginative possibilities to the annual conference of SAPERE held Aston University Conference Centre, Birmingham, November 2018.

2018 Making Possibilities, Staying with Difficulties: Philosophy for Children and Adults to conference of International Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies University Jaume I Castellon, Spain, held 15th October, 2018.