School of Education and Childhood Studies


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Dr Simon Edwards

  • Qualifications: D.Phil; MA.ED; GTP; BA(Hons) Youth & Community Studies and Applied Theology
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Youth Studies
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 3660
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  • Department: School of Education and Childhood Study
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies


Simon has a BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Work and Applied Theology from Oxford Brookes University, as well as a Masters in Education and DPhil in Education Philosophy from University of Sussex. He also completed his Graduate Teacher Programme at Brighton University. He has researched (and published) in areas of alternative pedagogy, school exclusion and re-engagement, bullying and cyberbullying in schools and young care leavers. Currently he is working alongside local schools and academic partners (locally and nationally) to research around school inclusion and cyberbullying. Simon has received funding from local charities, delivering CPD and a secondment to a secondary school.


Teaching Responsibilities

PhD and MRes first supervisor and undergraduate year tutor for SECS; also teaching as part of our full time undergraduate degrees (BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies, and ‘with Psychology’, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies) and part time post graduate degrees (MA. Education, and Professional Doctorate).


Simon has a specific interest in working with marginalised young people, particularly in secondary schools. Drawing on Freire's (1972; 2007) liberation education his research and writing interests focus on presenting young people's voice and their experiences and using this as a starting point for social and personal development and transformation. He has recently co-developed and is now delivering some innovative CPD, which re-engages educationally disengaged students with their learning in local schools.

Current projects: 

  • Narrative solutions: Re-engaging disengaged students with their learning (CPD Project)
  • There are two sides to every story: Young people's perspectives of cyberbullying and interventions by teachers (part two of a three part study)

Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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