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Dr Geeta Ludhra
Lecturer in Education

Summary

I am a Lecturer in Education and joined Brunel University in 2006, entering Higher Education from a Deputy Headteacher position in Southall. I studied my Undergraduate degree, BA (QTS) at Brunel University when I was a mature student, as a mother of two young children. I enjoyed my UG degree and it led to an exciting teaching career across West London primary schools. I currently work in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) with a focus on the Primary PGCE and SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) programmes. I also supervise BA, Masters and Doctoral research students, and I am aligned to the ‘Interculturality for diversity and global learning’ research group, where I lead a feminist seminar series - read more under ‘Teaching activities’ & ‘Research’ tabs and visit Feminist reading group | Brunel University London

Prior to joining Brunel, I worked across diverse primary schools, holding leadership posts across London boroughs of Hounslow, Hillingdon and Ealing. My favourite teaching post was in Southall, as I loved the diversity and depth of cultures, and working with bilingual children. Southall Broadway was a rich cultural space for Indian food and clothes, and I had the opportunity to use my Punjabi & Hindi skills within this post. I saw first-hand what an asset my first language was in these schools, and this inspired my interest in multilingualism and cultural identities of pupils and staff. I developed particular expertise in English and drama, and also worked on the National EAL Primary National Strategy Programme, developing inclusive multilingual pedagogies for teachers. 

Since joining Brunel, I have led the Primary English programme, Primary PGCE and Masters in Teaching (MAT). I completed my PhD in 2015, titled: ‘A Black feminist exploration of the cultural experiences and identities of academically ‘successful’ British South-Asian girls’ (available to download via Brunel library). My PhD is rooted in personal interests around cultural identity, Black Feminist Theory and a critically reflexive position as a narrative researcher and academic of colour. I am currently working on a new intergenerational research study for an upcoming book contract with Palgrave (read more under ‘research’ tab). I currently work three days a week as an academic, in order to develop my community outreach projects, with a focus on inclusion and engagement for minority ethnic communities in green spaces. This community work has led to work with Natural England, DEFRA and a successful seminar series Award to be delivered in 2023 (see research tab).

Feel free to contact me on: geeta.ludhra@brunel.ac.uk for collaborations or further questions.  

Qualifications

Geeta has a PhD and is a qualified teacher with QTS. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

Responsibility

Newest selected publications

Chappell, A., Ernest, P., Ludhra, G. and Mendick, H. (2016) 'Explorations in knowing: thinking psychosocially about institutional and methodological legitimacy', in Lapping, C. and Bibby, T. (eds.) Knowing and not knowing: thinking psychosocially about learning and resistance to learning. Abingdon and New York : Routledge. pp. 137 - 156. ISBN 10: 1138648116. ISBN 13: 978-1138648111.

Book chapter

Ludhra, G. and Anderson, K. (2015) 'Learning from pupils who have English as an additional language', in Waugh, D., Bushell, A. and Neaum, S. (eds.) Beyond Early Writing - Teaching Writing in Primary Schools.. Critical Publishing. pp. 175 - 188.

Book chapter

Chappell, A., Abbott, J., Byrne, J., Ludhra, G., Martin, V. and Stanley, K. (2013) 'Hairstories: images and tangled narratives in weaving identity'.British Sociological Association Auto/Biography Study Group Conference. La Caixa Forum Barcelona. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Chappell, A. and Ludhra, G. (2013) 'Images of the self: ethics of voice and re-presentation in narrative research'.British Sociological Association Auto/Biography Study Group Conference. La Caixa Forum Barcelona. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Chappell, A., Ernest, P., Ludhra, G. and Mendick, H. (2012) 'Whose voice? Exploring the ethics of psychosocial research'.5th Psychosocial Conference. Institute of Education London. [unpublished]

Conference paper
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