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Martha Shaw, LSBU Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Social Sciences' Centre for Education and School Partnerships

Dr Martha Shaw

Associate Professor in Education

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    020 7815 5723
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    Law and Social Sciences / Education

Martha Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in Education, with a particular specialism in the sociology of education, and religion and belief in education. Appointed in 2016, Martha previously held a research role at Goldsmiths, University of London, within the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, where she remains a doctoral fellow. She specialises in research on religion and belief in education and religious literacy. She has published on the role and purpose of Religious Education and is completing a PhD in Social Science at VID Specialized University, Oslo.

Martha is a qualified teacher and, prior to her research career, headed a sociology department in a London secondary school.

Martha leads several modules with the BA Education Studies (Constructing Childhood, Interpersonal Interactions, & Contemporary Issues in Education). She also leads the Research methods module on the MA and teaches on the Religious Education element of the PGCE Primary.

Martha was lead researcher on a national project, "RE for Real: The future of teaching and learning about religion and belief", led by the Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently completing a PhD in beliefs and values in education at VID Specialized University, Oslo. Other research projects include a focus on educational policy and intercultural education.

View my publications at
  • Doctoral Fellow of the Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Member of the Faiths & Beliefs Forum's Expert Education Panel
  • Member of BSA Sociology of Religion study group (SocRel)

Martha continues to work in partnership with the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London and with 3FF, an intercultural education charity.