Lisa Reed

Reed, Lisa

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Lisa moved into secondary teaching in 2001, following a career in finance management in the UK. Her Masters studies with The Open University, which began in 2010, opened up the broader understanding of education as a discipline and moved her focus towards exploring the context of the teaching profession and understanding the opportunities and challenges which exist for teaching and teacher education.

She completed her PhD in 2021 which was focused on the importance of relationships for teachers in the context of their commitment within the workplace and to their practice. Drawing from the work on capital, agency, and resilience the PhD concludes with a focus towards sustainability for the profession through the lens of morphogenesis and how we shift towards a systems approach in how we view resilience and adaptability.


Research interests

Lisa’s research methodologies focus on qualitative approaches, with the use of innovative methods to generate authentic dialogue, and is specifically interested in the role of critical subjectivity as a way to extend the conversation around reflexivity and bias in research. She considers this an important part in the recognition of the wisdom and knowledge researchers bring to inquiry and offers an alternative argument to the challenge around validity in qualitative study.

Lisa's methodological approaches also explore further participatory and co-operative inquiry and the use of narrative to capture the nuances and rich detail of lived experiences. 

Wider interests extend from her doctorial work and are focused on (but not exclusively): social networks and social capitals; social justices and the role of cultural capitals in education; professional capitals and the impact on agency; the ‘latent capacity’ model of resilience with a focus on complexity theory to enable adaptability and sustainability.

Lisa is currently the BERA Early Career Researcher Representative for Scotland.


Lisa teaches on the MA Education and MEd programmes. She is Module Leader for the 4th year MA module: Research and the Teacher, which is focused on student teachers engaging in an extended piece of research in order to produce their own thesis. She is also MA Convenor for Curriculum and Assessment.

Lisa also supervises students on their dissertations as part of the MEd and is second supervisor on a doctoral study which is focused on student experiences in ITE and their understanding of social justice.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Explorations by middle leaders in secondary schools of their professional networks and relationships, analysed against a framework of capital, agency, and resilience., University of Cumbria

Award Date: 29 Nov 2021

PGCert THE, PgCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Cumbria

Award Date: 16 Oct 2018

PGCert THE, PgCert in Open and Distance Education, Open University Milton Keynes

Award Date: 31 Dec 2014

Master of Education, Master of Education, Open University Milton Keynes

Award Date: 31 Dec 2013

PGCert THE, PGCE Secondary Chemistry, University of Leeds

Award Date: 19 Jul 2002

Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry with Biotechnology, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 17 Jul 1995


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