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Having previously worked in journalism, communications and library administration, Shirin joined King’s in 2017 for a part-time MA in Child Studies, which she completed in 2019.

Shirin's MA dissertation, which explored children’s constructions of gender in forest school, combined her interests in children’s rights and gender equality with experience gained as a forest school volunteer with primary-aged children.

In 2019, Shirin was awarded the Rosalind Driver Research Scholarship and is now pursuing a MPhil/PhD in Science Education on a part-time basis.

Research interests

Shirin's research aims to explore contemporary forest school practice in England with a view to understanding its potential contribution towards more socially just, gender equitable forms of environmental education, as well as how such practices might be better integrated into mainstream state education.

Her thesis title is: Understanding contemporary Forest School practice in England and its potential to support gender equity and social justice in environmental education.

Principal supervisor: Dr Melissa Glackin

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Secondary supervisor: Dr Tania de St Croix

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