I am a Lecturer in Education and joined Brunel University in 2006, entering Higher Education from a Deputy Headteacher position. I studied my Undergraduate degree, BA (QTS), at Brunel University when I was a mature student and mother of two young children. I enjoyed every minute of 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 (read more under ‘Teaching activities’ & ‘Research’ tabs).
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. 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. I have worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher in English, and became a Guest Lecturer in English during my early teaching career. The latter inspired my journey into a career in Higher Education.
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 and experiences 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). Having stepped back from my full-time post as Senior Lecturer between 2018-2021, I became an Associate Lecturer in order to invest time in developing social enterprise, community-based projects which I'm passionate about (see ‘Impact and outreach’ tab). I currently work on a fractional contract three days a week, in order to continue community outreach projects, with a particular focus on inclusion in green spaces.
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Geeta has a PhD and is a qualified teacher with QTS. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
- I work across ITT programmes, to include the Primary PGCE & SCITT
- Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate/Doctoral research students
- Reseach group: Interculturality for diversity and global learning | Brunel University London
- I lead a monthly feminist reading seminar series for Brunel staff and doctoral researchers. Details and 2022 programme can be found here: Feminist reading group | Brunel University London
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.
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.
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]
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]
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]