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Dr Dave Cudworth

Job: Head of The Division of Education

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Research group(s): Education Furtures Centre for Research

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8434




Personal profile

Dave Cudworth is the Head of Division for Education Studies and joined the team in September 2009. He is module leader for the first year module, 'Teaching, Learning and the Politics of Primary Education' (EDUC 1111).  He also teaches on the 'Reflections of Practice: Teaching and Learning' module (EDUC 3318) and undertakes Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision

Prior to joining De Montfort University, Dave was a Senior Lecturer on the PGCE Primary Programme at the University of East London. Before this he was a primary school teacher where he worked in three different primary schools in London for just over 7 years.  He has also been an external examiner for the BA (Hons) with QTS at Edge Hill University and the BA (Hons) Education Studies at Liverpool John Moore University

Dave is passionate about primary education, particularly with issues relating to social justice. He is specifically concerned with the education of Gypsy/Traveller children and spatial theories around educational exclusion, which was the topic of his PhD.  He is also interested in alternative education (including home education), play and education policy and Forest School.

Research group affiliations

  • The Comparitive and International Education and Special Interest Group - DMU
  • Centre for Critical Education Policy Studies (CeCeps) - Institute of Education, London
  • Centre for Narrative Research (CNR) - University of East London  
  • Education Futures Centre for Research - DMU

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs


  • (Forthcoming Mar 2018) Schooling and Traveller Communities:  Exploring the Spaces of Educational Exclusion, Hants: Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2015, Schooling, Space and Social Justice, Power and Education Journal, Vol. 7(1), pp. 73-89, SAGE
  • 2015, Book review: Middleton, S., ‘Henri Lefebvre and Education: Space, history, theory’ in Gender and Education, Routledge 

Conference Papers

  • Spaces of Exclusion: The schooling experiences of Gypsy/Traveller children in England at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference in San Francisco, March 29th-April 2nd 2016. 

Research interests/expertise

  • Education inequalities
  • Social justice
  • Gypsy/Traveller education
  • Politics of education
  • Home schooling
  • Alternative educational spaces
  • Forest School

Areas of teaching

  • Sociology of Education 
  • Child Development
  • Educational Social Justice
  • Educational Policy and Politics
  • Educational Theory


  • BA (Hons) History and Sociology - University of East London
  • MA Education and Social Justice - Institute of Education, London
  • PhD Education Studies - DeMontfort University

Courses taught

  • Teaching, Learning and the Politics of Primary Education (EDUC 1111)
  • Dissertations (EDUC 3304)
  • Reflections on Practice: Teaching and Learning (EDUC 3318)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • British Education Research Association
  • British Sociological Association

Professional licences and certificates

Post Graduate Certificate of Education, University of Greenwich, July 1997.

Conference attendance

Cudworth, D (2015), Education and the Challenge to Gender Norms in Gypsy/Traveler Culture in the United Kingdom, at the 10th Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference, 10-14th Junel, Split, Croatia

Cudworth, D (2014), Schooling, Space and Social Justice, at the Discourse, Power, Resistance (DPR14),  15-17th April 2014, Greenwich, London

Cudworth, D. (2012) Snarled up in School - Reconfiguring the Spatial Construction of Schooling for Gypsy/Traveller Children, at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) Conference , 19-21 June 2012, Florence, Italy

Cudworth, D. & Bhopal, K. (2010) Strangers in Strange Places - The Othering of Gypsy and Traveller Children in Educational Spaces, at BERA 2010 Annual Conference, 1-4 September 2010, Warwick University

Cudworth, D. (2010) Policy, Space and the Education of Gypsy/Traveller and Roma children in Europe, at the Fifth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics, 23-26 June 2010, Porto Portugal

Cudworth, D. (2009) The radical difference of nomadism - Inclusive education and the exclusions of Gypsy/Traveller children in England, at the Fourth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, July 2009 Athens, Greece

Cudworth, D. (2008) Reflections on teacher's stories of teaching Gypsy/Traveller children in mainstream classrooms, at the British Educational Research Association annual conference,September 2008, Edinburgh

Cudworth, D. (2008) Does 'Every Child Matter'? Social (in)justice and the education of Gypsy/Traveller children, at the International Institute for Sociology 38th World Congress, June 2008, Budapest

Cudworth, D. (2007) Reflections on teacher's tales of teaching Gypsy and Traveller children, BSA Annual Conference, April 2007, University of East London

Internally funded research project information

Exclusive Education – Marginalisation and Gypsy/Travellers - One day seminar - RIF 21st July 2010 (Project Manager).

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