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Jo Anna Reed Johnson

Jo Anna Reed Johnson
  • Leading the Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme
  • Committee Member Health, Safety and Wellbeing



Areas of interest

  • Education for Sustainable Development in Schools and Organisations
  • Comparative and International Education
  • Science Education, STEM and Girls into Physics
  • Teacher Education and capacity building
  • SEND and Autism related to Forensic and Educational Psychology
  • Technology Enhanced Learning

Postgraduate supervision

Masters Level Supervision offered in these areas:

  • Science Education

PhD and EdD Level Supervision offered in these areas:

  • See areas of interest

Current and Recent PhD and EdD Students, with Topics/Titles of their Research:

Recent PhD/EdD Students

  • Mona Alharbi. Laurillard’s Conversational Framework in Developing the Critical Thinking Skills of Student Teachers of Mathematics in Saudi Arabia
  • Mary Lynn Renton. Business Education: Localized, Relevant and Sustainable
  • Awatif Almutairi. Investigating the barriers in educational technology in higher education in Saudi Arabia
  • Mayamin Altae, Exploring English Language Teachers’ use of Digital Technologies in Iraq


  • Lecturer and Academic Tutor, Science Education on the PGCE Secondary Science Programme
  • Lecturer and Module Leader, MA in Education, Leadership and Management in Education Pathway

Research projects

  • EU-funded SUSTAIN Project, Professor Janet Ainley (Supporting Science Teaching advancement through Enquiry) This project was concerned with developing teachers CPD, classroom activities and IBSE resources for ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) December 2013 – November 2016
  • EU- funded Next Lab and Go-Lab Projects, Professor Effie Law and This project aimed to enable school pupils (from the age of 10-18) to engage with science by giving them access to on-line facilities that enable them to learn and even to carry out their own scientific experiments. The project was run in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), CERN, along with a host of other universities, companies, and research institutions.

Academic qualifications

Personal Achievements:

  • Commendation Award, School of Education, UoR, 2020. Work in developing a DfE e-tender bid.
  • Chartered Physicist, Institute of Physics (June 2001) 1063865
  • Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Academy (March 2017) PR123164


  • PhD Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, Reed Johnson (2009)

Education for Sustainable Development: A comparison between two eco-schools, one in England and the other in South Africa.

  • MA Education, Open University, PT.
  • MRes Innovative Manufacturing and Sustainable Design, Cranfield University.
  • MSc. Applied Psychology, Robert Gordon University, online.
  • PGCE Secondary Science/Physics (11-18), RP94/41666.

Selected publications

Conference Presentations:

  • Reed Johnson, J.A. and Shallcross, A.G. (2017) Re-orienting education towards the sustainable development goals (SDGs) through sensitive policy borrowing. Proceedings from ECER Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22 August 2017.
  • Thethi, A., Reed Johnson, J.A. and Boddison, A. (2015) Learning from experience: Teaching trainee teachers to reflect and develop digital literacy through the use of video. Proceedings of the 7th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 6 June 2013 (EDULEARN15).
  • Thethi, A., Reed Johnson, J. and Boddison, A. (2014) Using video as a vehicle for trainee teachers to reflect on their practice. Proceedings of 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (Seville, Spain).
  • Reed Johnson, J.A. (2011) Exploring the development of place-based learning within a Singaporean context: Research Road-mapping Process. Proceedings of Re-designing Pedagogy Conference, National Institute of Education, Singapore, May 2011.
  • Reed Johnson, J.A. (2010) The School Garden: Student participation in eco-schools in England and South Africa. Proceedings of Outdoor Education Conference, Curious Garden, Ministry of Education, Singapore, October 2010.
  • Reed Johnson, J.A. (2010) Developing sustainable lifestyles through the eco-schools programme: insights from England and South Africa . Proceedings of Best of Both Worlds Conference, Effective Environment Education and Biodiversity Conservation, Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) & SFC, Borneo, November 2010.
  • Reed Johnson, J.A. (2009) Exploring aspects of engagement in education for sustainable development through the ‘lens’ of socio-cultural theorists in redesigning pedagogy: Two case studies from England and South Africa. Proceedings of National Institute of Education International Conference, Singapore, June 2009.
  • Reed Johnson, J.A. (2008) Exploring and comparing the development of ‘self- esteem’ through education for sustainable development in two Eco-Schools. Proceedings of Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE), International Education Research Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, December 2008.
  • Reed Johnson, J.A. (2007) Learning in a changing world through a community of practice: A case study of an Eco-School in England: Reviewing the analysis process. Proceedings of the Fourth World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC), Durban, South Africa, July 2007.

Research Reports

  • Shallcross, T., Gilroy.P., Reed Johnson, J. and Robinson, J. (2010) Teachers’ Education (TE) in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Sub Saharan Africa, Bamako, UNESCO, (559RAF1001).


  • Reed Johnson, J.A. and Shallcross, A.G. (2021) Participation through ESD Programmes: Education for Sustainable Development in Eco-Schools: exploring participation though two contextualised stories from England and South Africa, in Greek Book
  • Reed Johnson, J.A. (2014) Education for Sustainable Development in Eco-schools, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, ISBN9783659167362.
  • Reed Johnson, J.A., Lee, S., Gretton, S., Raine, D. (2017) Enhancing our social, economic & physical environments by embedding sustainability into University core business, in Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom, Sustainability Series: Springer

Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

  • Shallcross, T., Gilroy.P., Reed Johnson, J. and Robinson, J. (2012) Integrating education for sustainable development (ESD) with UNESCO Teacher Training Initiative in Sub Saharan Africa (TTISSA), Southern African Journal of Environmental Education 2012.

PhD Thesis

  • Reed Johnson, J.A. (2009) Education for Sustainable Development: A comparison of two eco-schools, one in England and the other in South Africa , Manchester Metropolitan University, Unpublished thesis and British Library, September 2009.


Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:


  • External Examiner University of Leicester, PGCE Secondary SD/ SCITT Programmes 2013-2015
  • External Examiner University of Plymouth, PGCE Secondary Science Programme 2015-2018
  • Educational Consultant, Raffles Institution, Singapore, 2010-2012, Principal investigator $300K SGD EDB-GSK funded project. Development and management of Raffles Leadership Portal and Design and development of a Global Issues Annual Summit for sixth form participants from G20 Schools around the world
  • British Council Project with Malaysian Government and University of Leicester, STEM Literacy, 2016
  • Japanese Fund In Trust (JFIT) and UNESCO project (2010). Exploring the integration of Education for Sustainable Development into teacher training initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa, policy and practice implications for quality education.