Dr Martha Shaw
Associate Professor in Education
Telephone:020 7815 5723
School/Division:Law and Social Sciences / Education
Dr Martha Shaw is Associate Professor in Education. With a background in secondary teaching in Sociology and Religious Education, her research focuses on religion and worldviews in education, intercultural and global citizenship education.
She has published on the role and purpose of Religious Education and holds a PhD in Social Science from VID Specialized University, Oslo: Teaching and Learning about Religion and Worldviews in English Schools: Religion and Worldview Literacy.
Martha is a qualified teacher and prior to her academic career, headed a sociology department in a London secondary school. She leads the Education for Social Justice research group.
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. In 2020, she completed a PhD at VID Specialized University, Oslo entitled Teaching and Learning about Religion and Worldviews in English Schools: Religion and Worldview Literacy. Other research projects include a focus on educational policy and practice and intercultural education.
- 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 has a number national and international active research partnerships. These include:
- Co-I on a Culham St Gabriel funded project: Innovative Religion & Worldviews. In partnership with the Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London.
- Co-I on a Canadian Research Council (SSHRC) funded project: Approaches to Religious Education in the Public School System and Their Impact on Student Conceptions of Citizenship. In partnership with Dalhousie University, Canada and University of Manchester.