Postdoctoral Fellow News

Sarah Steadman

Dr. Sarah Steadman completed her PhD at King’s in 2020, having gained an Economic and Social Research Council studentship through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership. Her current research as a LISS DTP Post-Doctoral Fellow is concerned with teacher learning and professional development in initial teacher education programmes.

On 3rd February 2021, Sarah organised and co-hosted an online seminar for CITED (Centre for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development), a partnership between King’s and Teachers College, Columbia University, entitled ‘Teacher education and the COVID-19 pandemic: Challenges, opportunities and innovations’. The seminar featured presentations from Sarah along with the following guest speakers:

  • Prof Jean Murray and Dr Warren Kidd, University of East London
  • Prof Linda la Velle, University of Plymouth and Dr Stephen Newman, Leeds Beckett University

Over 75 participants, drawn from all areas of teacher education, including school-based mentors and university tutors, attended the seminar. The presentations were followed by a question-and-answer session which generated rich discussions about the impact of the pandemic on current and future initial teacher training provision. Plans are underway to revisit some of the ideas raised through a follow-up CITED seminar in the summer or autumn focusing on what have we learnt from educating teachers during a pandemic from teacher educators’, mentors’ and trainees’ perspectives.

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  • Since October 2020 I’ve co-organised, with Dr Angela Sherwood (also an ESRC postdoc fellow), the International State Crime Initiative’s seminar series at Queen Mary.
  • On 10 December 2020 I chaired an event entitled, Citizenship in Burma: The Root of All Problems? Co-hosted with Burma Human Rights Network (and the International State Crime Initiative). We had approximately 110 participants.
  • On 18 January 2021 I chaired a conversation between Professors Dave Whyte and Richard Falk on Ecocide, centering specifically around Dave’s recent book, Ecocide: Kill the corporation before it kills us. We had approximately 170 participants present.
  • I’ve been fostering a relationship with Myanmar scholars at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, which I will join officially later this year under a successful grant application to the Swedish Research Council (on the nature of legal identity with guerrilla governed spaces). We’re meeting weekly since the coup to share information, analysis, and talking points to submit to Scandinavian policymakers. We’re currently drafting a blog piece on the role of humour in the Myanmar demonstrations which I’ll include in my next impact report.

During the Myanmar coup I’ve been using established relationships to:

  1. Support activists on the ground through fact checking of rumours circulating online, difficult for Myanmar people to verify given the military regime’s consistent shutting down of the internet in attempt to sow confusion with the public and block civilian mobilisation against its illegitimate seizure of power on 1 February.
  2. I’ve set up VPN accounts for over 10 activists/human rights actors on the ground in order to support their access to secure telecommunications given the junta’s use of electronic surveillance to identify, intimidate, arrest those who refuse to accept its authority.
  3. Since the day of the coup, 1 February, I’ve publicised my locally informed analysis and messages via twitter, posting approximately 3-5 original tweets per day.