Dr Dalene Swanson

Dr Dalene Swanson

Senior Lecturer


Education University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me



My research interests and expertise span reconceptualist curriculum perspectives, mathematics education, cultural studies, critical theory, critical / ethical internationalisation in education, democracy in education, and social and ecological justice. I am interested broadly in critical, ideological and socio-political perspectives in education and society. I mostly write from poststructural and de/post-colonial perspectives. In particular, I have expertise in critical global citizenship, democratic education, and indigeneity, especially the African onto-epistemology of Ubuntu. Philosophical and social concerns around poverty, marginalisation, (neo)colonialism, oppression, as well as my research into what I call “the construction of disadvantage” frame much of my work. Hegemonic tenets within neoliberalism, economic development and globalisation reflect ongoing concerns of injustice, and I have research and personal commitments to social and ecological justice and egalitarianism. I also have expertise in critical arts-based and narrative methodologies (especially the qualitative methodological approach I developed, 'critical rhizomatic narrative'), and other creative, post-foundational and counter-hegemonic research and writing methodologies and practices. I also bring arts-based approaches to bear on mathematics education as a decolonising practice.


2015 University of Stirling Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year Award.

2006 International Institute of Qualitative Inquiry Illinois Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation Award.

2006 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (Division B: Curriculum Studies).

2005 Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.

2005 University of British Columbia Prof. Ted T. Aoki Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Prize in Curriculum Studies.


Imaginative Education Postdoctoral Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, Canada: 2006 - 2007

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, held at University of Alberta: 2007 – 2009


Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, June 2016


1. The SoJo Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice Education (Editor-In-Chief: Bradley J. Porfilio, California State University, East Bay; Information Age Publishing)

2. Comparative and International Education Journal. (Editor: Marianne A. Larsen, published by the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada)

3. Book series: Cultural Pluralism, democracy, Socio-environmental Justice and Education. (Editors: Paul R. Carr & Gina Théseé; Sense Publishers)


Proposed UNESCO Chair in Democracy, Cultural Pluralism and Transformative Education

On Advisory Committee for Dr Anne Harris (Monash University), for research project “Ethnocinema and the impossibility of Culture”, Australian Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, AU $378 000.


Scotland PI for:

1. Ethical Internationalisation in Higher Education in times of Global Crisis:http://www.oulu.fi/edu/eiheandhttp://eihe.blogspot.co.uk/p/project-partners.html

2. Global Doing Democracy Research Project:http://doingdemocracy.ning.com/


Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research Affiliation Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies– University of Stirling


I am an international educationalist and researcher with diverse, transcultural and transnational experience in education. I have twenty-five years of educational experience in teaching and researching in elementary and secondary schools and universities, with experience in both minority and majority world contexts on four continents. In particular, I have worked with students and communities from diverse cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and linguistic backgrounds, and have engaged in research in these contexts. My research interests and experience include teacher education, social justice, democracy, critical pedagogy, critical global citizenship, critical multi/intercultural education, educational inclusion and diversity, as well as mathematics education. I have taught in multicultural contexts in Canada and in South Africa in highly multi-lingual and multi-cultural and indigenous contexts as well as contexts of socio-economic disadvantage. My work and contributions in the Middle East were also within diverse communities.

In the School of Social Sciences, I am the faculty leader for Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education in the Initial Teacher Education Programme. I am a module coordinator for two Adult Education courses, on Social Science and Sociology. In the undergraduate ITE programme I lecture on democracy education, critical global citizenship, inclusion, social justice, constructions of disadvantage in education, as well as mathematics education.

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