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BA Philosophy, Social and Political Science, University of Cambridge PhD in Applied Linguistics, Institute of Education, University College London.

Research interests

Dr O'Halloran is an educationalist who researches and teaches thinking skills - especially critical thinking and creative thinking - using digital technologies. He draws on posthumanist theory for these ends, and intersects his interests in critical thinking with Critical Discourse Studies. Methodologically, while Dr O'Halloran is open to using a broad range of digital text analysis tools, the method he mostly draws upon is corpus linguistics. His interests include:

  • Creative Pedagogy in (Higher) Education
  • Critical Thinking in (Higher) Education
  • Critical Posthumanism and (Higher) Education in relation to Creative Thinking and / or Critical Thinking
  • Making Films of Poems on Mobile Phones for Enhancing Creative Thinking in (Higher) Education
  • Philosophy (generally)
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Creativity
  • Gilles Deleuze; Posthumanism and Transhumanism
  • Posthumanist approaches to Critical Discourse Studies
  • (Post)digital humanities and (Post)digital literary studies
  • Using Digital Text Analysis tools and Corpus Linguistics in relation to these foci.


Dr O'Halloran's research informs the following modules in the BA English Language and Linguistics course at King's College London:

Further information

View Kieran's profile on the Pure research portal and