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International Activities


Health and Physical Education, Transitions and Educational Diversity

External provision of the school curriculum: Local needs to global networks in Health and Physical Education

This is a research project by Professor David Kirk, who is co-Investigator with Professor Doune Macdonald et al, University of Queensland.

It's funded by the Australian Research Council funded, and will run from 2014-2016.

Professor Kirk is an Honorary Professor of Human Movement Studies with the University of Queensland.


  • Professor David Kirk
  • Professor Doune MacDonald

Talking Transitions Conference, Sydney

Professor Aline-Wendy Dunlop was an invited keynote speaker at Talking Transitions Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, August 6 & 7 2015. “Aspirations: moving in, on, up and out”


  • Professor Aline-Wendy Dunlop

Using Research, Measuring ‘Publics’, Impacting Place

At the Freilich Foundation, The Australian National University (2012) Yvette Taylor presented ‘Using Research, Measuring ‘Publics’, Impacting Place’. During this time Yvette completed an edited collection Educational Diversity: the subject of difference and different subjects (Palgrave, 2012).


  • Yvette Taylor


Female tradition in physical education and class, gender and sexuality

Reconsidering the demise of the female tradition in physical education: its legacies and impact upon current practices in physical education for girls.

This is a research project funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The project is being carried out by Professor David Kirk of the University of Strathclyde and Professor Patricia Vertinsky, University of Columbia. It will run from 2014-2018.

An edited book from an associated project will be published by Routledge in March 2016. Read the synopsis and pre-order your copy online.


  • Professor David Kirk
  • Professor Patricia Vertinsky

Concordia University and McGill University

Yvette Taylor held the Lillian Robinson Fellowship Concordia University (2009) where she presented her monograph Lesbian and Gay Parents: Securing Social and Educational Capitals (Palgrave, 2009). She was a visiting scholar at McGill University (2013) where she presented ‘Excessive Presences? Class, Gender, Sexuality and the ‘fit’ to Place’, as part of McGill’s Esquisses Series, and completed the edited collection The Entrepreneurial University. Public Engagements, Intersecting Impacts (Palgrave, 2014)


  • Yvette Taylor



Partnership with Nanjing Normal University exploring teacher education, curriculum, social justice etc


Since 2014, Strathclyde University has developed a partnership with Nanjing Normal University. This partnership includes a range of activities from student exchanges and cultural engagements, to emerging research interests and collaborations. Researchers from both institutions have engaged in various forms of exchange in a wide range of fields, such as children’s development, teacher education, curriculum and pedagogy, and social justice. In April 2017 this collaboration was cemented by a very successful Strathclyde-Nanjing educational research symposium which included presentations and discussion from the following academics from Strathclyde, Nanjing Normal University and East China Normal University


Abstracts and summary of research interests

Reflections on the symposium and next steps

Nanjing partner reflections on the symposium


Hong Kong

Collaborative development in education, philosophy and policy


Dr Paul Adams, Dr Karsten Kenklies and Dr David Lewin have developed a collaborative partnership with Dr Taehee Choi, Professor Bob Adamson, Dr Wai Lam William Sin, Dr Hei Hang Hayes Tang and Dr Euan Auld of the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) in the areas of education philosophy and policy. Joint seminars have been held in Strathclyde and Hong Kong exploring areas of mutual interest, particularly relating to intercultural aspects of education and shared conceptions of policy and privatisation. Visits have been made by staff from both institutions and presently plans are underway for two, joint conferences one in Strathclyde in August/September 2020 and one in Hong Kong in 2021. Papers have already been accepted for publication, co-authored by members of staff in both institutions, and edited texts are also in preparation to be published in 2020/2021.



Assessment tools for autistic spectrum disorder

Ecological motor assessment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr Jonathan Delafield-Butt and his team are working with with Biomedical Engineers Professor Cecilia Laschiand Professor Francesca Cecchi at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, to improve assessment tools for children with autism spectrum disorder using bespoke instrumented toys and wearable devices for ecological ‘serious’ gameplay. This project is an extension of an EU FP6 project re-invigorated by a Erasmus student Veronica Chiara Zuccalà from the University of Pisa to Strathclyde.  It is currently funded by a Strathclyde-Capita Studentship and generous wearable development from ST Microelectronics (Italy, Switzerland). 


  • Dr Jonathan Delafield-Butt
  • Professor Cecilia Laschi
  • Professor Francesca Cecchi


Graduate research seminar and Early social development

Tsukuba Summer Institute (TSI)

Professor David Kirk co-Directs a Graduate Research Seminar each July at the TSI with colleagues from the USA and Australia.

Up to 40 students from a range of countries attend. The Research Seminar is an intensive week of research training for students about to enter or in the first year of their PhD.


Early social development: An embodied, ecological, and intersubjective approach

Collaborative research between Professpr Koichi Negayama and his team at Waseda University, including Professor Keiko Momose, and Dr Jonathan Delafield-Butt at the University of Strathclyde conducting the world’s first motion-capture analysis of cultural differences between Japan and Scotland in infant-adult interactions.  This project is funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and grants from Waseda University and the University of Strathclyde.  The first paper from this project is available free to download from Frontiers in Psychology.


Ipad assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Smart iPad assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder

With multiple award-winning start-up Harimata, based in Kraków, Poland, and supported by XL Health, Berlin, Dr Jonathan Delafield-Butt and his team are working to test and develop the world’s first ‘smart game’ iPad-based assessment for children with autism spectrum disorder, the Play.Care app.  This work is made in collaboration with colleagues at the Scottish Centre for Autism, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde aims to improve access to early pre-clinical and clinical assessment of autism

Saudi Arabia

Professional Development Programme

Professional Development Programme

This programme is being run by Dr Ghita and staff from the School of Education. A longer term collaboration contract was successfully secured within a competitive market to undertake a programme of staff development at Al Jouf University, Saudi Arabia, focusing upon approaches to effective teaching, learning and research. The programme contributes both towards the professional development of staff at Al Jouf university and towards professional accreditation. 

In 2018, the School of Education at Strathclyde University successfully secured a contract with the Saudi Ministry of Education to deliver the programme: ‘Building Leadership For Change through Educational Issues, Impact and School Immersion’ for both primary and secondary “Khebrat” teachers.

The participants were awarded a post graduate certificate which leads on to Master and PhD degrees.

The programme was recommended to be an example of excellent strategic development in the faculty of Humanities and Social Science.

Strathclyde University is one of only a few universities in the UK to be selected to participate in this ambitious programme.

Ishmail Ghita and 6 students from Saudi Arabia