Dr. Gail Davidge

Post-Doc Researcher

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Harrington Building, HA226

Subject Areas: Education

Gail’s research interests draw across and in between the disciplines of Psychology, sociology, education and childhood studies. She is particularly interested in narrative research and developing critical understandings of inclusion and ‘voice’, especially in terms of exploring children’s subjectivities and opportunities to participate in education and everyday life.

At present Gail is working on an AHRC project entitled ‘Stories to connect with: disadvantaged children creating ‘phygital’ artefacts to share their life-narratives of resilience and transformation’.

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Prior to accepting a post-doctoral research post at UCLan in 2015, Gail completed her PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University. This piece of research critically considered the development of a co-operative model of schooling in terms of the possibilities for navigating social justice in education and extending stakeholder ‘voice’. Shortly after completing her Psychology degree in 2011, Gail worked with Dr Geoff Bunn on a BBC Radio 4 series which mapped out the cultural history of the brain. Her career to date also includes a long history of supporting children and young people facing a wide range of social, emotional and intellectual challenges in a variety of educational settings.


PhD For “getting it”: An ethnographic study of Co-operative schools

Manchester Metropolitan University, 2015

BSc (Hons) Psychology Manchester Metropolitan University, 2011


Davidge, G. (2013). Some ‘get it’ more than others: cultivating a co-operative ethos in uncertain times. Forum: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 55 (2), 255-268.

Davidge, G. (Forthcoming, 2016). Rethinking education in co-operative schools: social justice, discourse and voice. Abingdon, Routledge.

Davidge, G., Facer, K., & Schostak, J. (2015). Co-operatives, democracy and education: a critical reflection. In T. Woodin (Ed.), Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative values: Contemporary Issues in Education (pp. 57-73). Abingdon: Routledge.


AHRC Project 2015-2017: Stories to connect with: disadvantaged children creating 'phygital' community artefacts to share their life-narratives of resilience and transformation.

Research Activities

Discourse Unit Manchester, Social Theories of Learning Working Group Manchester University