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Dr Geeta Ludhra
Lecturer in Education

Summary

I am a Lecturer in Education and Director for Equality and Diversity. I joined Brunel University in 2006, entering my Higher Education career from a Deputy Headteacher position. 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, where I worked in the London boroughs of Hounslow, Hillingdon and Ealing. I currently work across PostGraduate education programmes: Initial Teacher Education (ITE), MA and Doctoral programmes. I supervise BA, Masters and Doctoral research students, and am situated in the ‘Interculturality for diversity and global learning’ research group. 

Prior to joining Brunel, I worked across diverse primary schools, holding leadership posts with a particular focus on English and bilingual learners. My favourite teaching post was in Southall, as I loved the diversity and depth of cultures. Southall Broadway was a rich cultural space for Indian food and clothes, and I had the opportunity to use my Panjabi & Hindi skills within this post.

I completed my PhD in 2015, titled: ‘A Black feminist exploration of the cultural experiences and identities of academically ‘successful’ British South-Asian girls’. 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 draw on an autoethnographic lens in my current feminist work, particularly areas around anti-racism, decolonising nature spaces, and developing creative writing collaborations. I currently work part-time as I also lead a registered community interest company (CIC) on educational nature events, with a focus on biodiversity loss and how that is understood through a community lens. My nature work has led to exciting initiatives and collaborations with organisations like Natural England, DEFRA, museums, and a successful Brunel seminar series Award on 'Decolonising Green Spaces', delivered in 2023.

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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