Dr Victoria Perselli

Dr Victoria Perselli

School: Education

Job Title: Associate Professor


Phone: 020 8417 5272

Location: Edu-Kingston Hill 219


Victoria Perselli is an associate professor in the School of Education at Kingston University, UK. Her research focuses on theories in education and how educational leaders theorize their work, specifically in the contexts of professional practices in education, English language, intercultural learning, medical, social and health sciences. Her current projects are centered on the question: Where does theory come from in research in professional practice and how is this put to work towards the formation of 'pedagogies of change'? Her recent publications include methodological and philosophical discussions on feminist, critical pedagogic and practitioner methodologies, visual and performance arts and self-study.

Victoria's international experience includes elected Programme Chair of the American Educational Research Association (S-STEP) (2005-7), Visiting Professor and Keynote Speaker at MingDao University, Taiwan (2007), and Visiting Professor for youth studies and social justice in education at CREA, Barcelona (2013).

Victoria's administrative and mentoring roles include joint coordinator of research degrees in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. She has successfully supervised doctoral projects in the fields of academic development, intercultural learning, radiography, physiotherapy, initial teacher education and early childhood education; she has examined doctoral theses in both national and international settings.

Victoria has convened international symposia on pedagogies of change at BERA, 2016, ECER, 2015, BERA, 2014 and SRHE, 2013. She has conducted workshops on theory and theorising for doctoral and postdoctoral scholars in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oxford, and overseas with the British Council in Algeria (below).

Her Third Sector involvement includes the National Alliance for Rare Diseases and the Royal Horticultural Society.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PhD, Inclusive Education, Kingston University
  • MA, School and College Management, Kingston University
  • PgDip, Specific Learning Difficulty/Dyslexia, Royal Society of Arts
  • DipMus, Music in Education , Dartington College of Arts

Professional experience

  • 2015 - present
    Victoria's research students include Eva Said,, College of Nursing, Hawler Medical University, Erbil, Iraq, Kurdistan Region
  • 2001 - present
    Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Kingston University, UK
  • 1984 - 2001
    Mainstream Teacher of Music, Special Educational Needs and Early Years Education, Social Priority Schools in London and Surrey

Professional registration and membership

  • Joint Convenor, Higher Education Special Interest Group, British Educational Research Association
  • Member, British Educational Research Association
  • Member, Society for Research in Higher Education
  • Member, Programme Co-Chair, S-STEP AERA
  • Member, Freire Project

Research interests

The places and spaces of theory in educational research; change through intervention, critical pedagogy, trans-disciplinary and intercultural learning.

Grants and funding

  • 2013 - 2013
    Kingston University Faculty Learning and Teaching Fund: Students as 'Resourceful Peers' (Moehrke, Rajaratnam and Perselli)
  • 2002 - 2002
    AERA Division K: New Faculty Seminar
  • 2001 - 2001
    AERA Division K: Graduate Student Seminar
  • 2015
    Kingston University Centre for Research in Higher Education (CHERP) Large Project Fund: 'Recognising' intercultural learning in the ELT classroom: a phenomenological approach. (Perselli & Moehrke-Rasul).
  • 2012
    Kingston University: Research Capability Fund: The arts at Dartington
  • 2012
    HEA: Travel Fund: Working towards transformative internationalisation, Newcastle University
  • 2010
    Kingston University: Project Development: The assessment/supervision dyad in the doctorate
  • 2005
    HEFCE: Promising Researcher Fellowship: Travel Bursary, USA & Australia


Recent consultancy incudes training workshops for pre-doctoral candidates in English language and linguistics at the Ecolé Nationale Polytechnique d'Alger (2014) and the Université Abou Bekr Belkaid, Tlemcen (2015), jointly funded by the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the British Council.


Number of items: 42.


Perselli, Victoria (2015) Developing theoretical capacity through educational research : nine narratives of practice and their possible (global) significance. Research Intelligence, 127, pp. 21-22.

Perselli, Victoria (2015) Symposium: Innovative research methods in Higher Education. Research Intelligence, 127, p. 29.

Else, Holly and Perselli, Victoria [Interviewee] (2014) On the PhD quest, the first step is always an open book. Times Higher Education, 2172, p. 26. ISSN (print) 0049-3929

Perselli, Victoria (2014) Investigating inequalities. Research Intelligence, 124, p. 30.

Perselli, V. (2011) Painting the Police Station Blue: the almost impossible argument for poetry in the elite educational journals. Power and Education, 3(1), pp. 64-80. ISSN (online) 1757-7438

Perselli, Victoria (2008) 'Troubling the Angels' revisited. Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, 8(2), pp. 224-245. ISSN (print) 1532-7086

Perselli, Victoria (2007) Achieving coherence and relevance: S-STEP at AERA. Research Intelligence, 99, p. 12. ISSN (print) 0307-9023

Perselli, Victoria (2007) Review Symposium: 'A Brief History of Neoliberalism' (David Harvey, 2005). Policy Futures in Education, 5(2), pp. 255-263. ISSN (online) 1478-2103

Perselli, Victoria (2005) Re-envisioning research, re-presenting self: putting arts media to work in the analysis and synthesis of data on 'difference' and 'dis/ability'. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 18(1), pp. 63-83. ISSN (print) 0951-8398

Perselli, Victoria (2004) 'Teaching for England': five poems. Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, 4(3), pp. 405-411. ISSN (print) 1532-7086

Perselli, Victoria (2003) Book review of: 'Education and children with special needs: from segregation to integration' edited by Hegarty, Seamus & Alur, Mithu. Management in Education, 17(1), pp. 37-38. ISSN (print) 0892-0206


Perselli, Victoria, ed. (2016) Education, theory and pedagogies of change in a global landscape: interdisciplinary perspectives on the role of theory in doctoral research. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 223p. ISBN 9781137549235

Book Section

Perselli, Victoria and Moehrke-Rasul, Diana (2017) Curriculum internationalisation and intercultural learning from the perspective of recognition : a critical pedagogic review and discussion of the literature. In: Portera, Agostino and Grant, Carl A., (eds.) Intercultural education and competences : challenges and answers for the global world. Newcastle, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars. pp. 129-144. ISBN 9781443821315

Perselli, Victoria (2016) Preface : Disjuncture. In: Perselli, Victoria, (ed.) Education, theory and pedagogies of change in a global landscape: interdisciplinary perspectives on the role of theory in doctoral research. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. vx. ISBN 9781137549228

Perselli, Victoria (2016) Theory, theorising and pedagogies of change. In: Perselli, Victoria, (ed.) Education, theory and pedagogies of change in a global landscape: interdisciplinary perspectives on the role of theory in doctoral research. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-30. ISBN 9781137549228

Perselli, Victoria (2012) Teaching in England: December 2010. In: Cannella, G.S. and Steinberg, S.R., (eds.) Critical qualitative research reader. New York, U.S. : Peter Lang. pp. 420-428. ISBN 9781433106880

Perselli, Victoria (2011) A Little Night Reading: Marx, assessment and the professional doctorate in education. In: Jones, Peter, (ed.) Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogue, Pedagogy and Culture. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave-Macmillan. (Marxism and Education) ISBN 9780230111691

Perselli, Victoria (2006) A Marxian approach in education. Paradoxes of praxis: thinking about aspects of social justice in the context of school visiting. In: Tidwell, Deborah and Fitzgerald, Linda, (eds.) Self-Study and Diversity. Rotterdam, Netherlands : Sense Publishers. pp. 71-88. (Professional Learning, no. 2) ISBN 9077874348

Perselli, Victoria (2005) Heavy fuel: memoire, autobiography and narrative. In: Mitchell, Claudia , O'Reilly-Scanlon, Kathleen and Weber, Sandra, (eds.) Just who do we think we are? Methodologies for self-study in education. Abingdon, U.K. : RoutledgeFalmer. pp. 22-33. ISBN 0415298733

Perselli, Victoria (2005) The Silkscreen Vickies: identity, images and icons (in the age of the Research Assessment Exercise). In: Satterthwaite, Jerome and Atkinson, Elizabeth, (eds.) Discourses of Education in the Age of the New Imperialism. Stoke on Trent, U.K. : Trentham Books. pp. 163-182. (Discourse Power Resistance Series) ISBN 9781858563572

Griffiths, Morwenna, Bass, Lis, Johnston, Marilyn and Perselli, Victoria (2004) Knowledge, social justice, and self-study. In: Loughran, J. John , Hamilton, Mary Lynn , LaBoskey, Vicki Kluber and Russell, Tom, (eds.) International Handbok of Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices. Dordrecht, Netherlands : Springer. pp. 651-708. (Springer International Handbooks of Education, no. 12) ISBN 9781402018121

Perselli, Victoria (2004) 'A personal preview': or 'portraying my professional life in pictures'. Image and performance as methodology for research in teaching and learning. In: Satterthwaite, Jerome , Atkinson, Elizabeth and Martin, Wendy, (eds.) Educational counter-cultures: confrontations, images, vision. Stoke on Trent, U.K. : Trentham. pp. 183-199. (Discourse, power, resistance, no. 3) ISBN 1858563380

Conference or Workshop Item

Perselli, Victoria (2016) Disjuncture. In: BERA Annual Conference 2016; 12-15 Sep 2016, Leeds, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria, Bayley, Annouchka, Agnello, Mary Frances and Cruice, Mari (2016) Whose world-view is this anyway? Contextualising close-to-practice research as educational reclamation. In: BERA Annual Conference 2016; 12-15 Sep 2016, Leeds, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria, French, Amanda and McCaig, Colin (2016) Discussion on readings from Research Intelligence Issue 128, plus other recent publications on the Green Paper. In: The (Proposed) Teaching Excellence Framework : Whose World-view is this Anyway?; 06 May 16, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Cruice, Mari and Perselli, Victoria [Performer] (2015) Play (1 act performance): “Keeping the lights on” – Exploring theory & practice after Higher Education. In: The Pedagogy of Ambiguity: Creative Practice and Arts-based Forms of Learning & Assessment Within and Beyond the Arts & Humanities; 04 Dec 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria (2015) Teoría y métodos de pedagogía de cambio: perspectivas desde contextos interdisciplinarios en Europa [Theories and methods of pedagogies of change in interdisciplinary settings: a European perspective]. In: Pedagogía Crítica e Investigación [Critical Pedagogy and Research]; 15 Oct 2015, Cadiz, Spain. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria (2015) Where does theory come from...? Contexts and practices. In: ECER 2015, Budapest: Education and Transition - Contributions from Educational Research; 07-11 Sep 2015, Budapest, Hungary. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria (2015) Theory, theorising and pedagogies of change in an era of (theory) austerity: some themes and issues regarding doctoral researchers’ identities and practices. In: Oxford Brookes University - EdD Colloquium: National and International Perspectives on Education; 27 Jun 2015, Oxford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria and Moehrke-Rasul, Diana (2015) 'Recognising' intercultural learning in the ELT classroom: a phenomenological approach. In: Kingston Educational Research Network (KERN) Forum: Engagement and Collaboration; 19 Jun 2015, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria (2015) Where does theory come from in HE? Drawing inspiration about theory from its practice in doctoral and post-doctoral projects. In: Where Does Theory Come From in the Doctoral Project? Society for Research in Higher Education; 08 Jun 15, Glasgow, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria and Betzel, Anne (2014) Where does theory come from in the doctoral project? In: Postgraduate Issues: Where Does Theory Come From in the Doctoral Project? Society for Research in Higher Education; 10 Nov 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria (2014) Symposium: the potentially transformative power of theory when put to work in professional practice contexts: observations towards a 'pedagogy of change': overview. In: BERA Annual Conference 2014; 23-25 Sep 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria (2014) Publishing practitioner enquiry: self-study in the context of social (in)justice: a critical pedagogic reading. In: Into the Light: Practitioner Enquiry; 29 Aug 2014, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Moehrke, Diana, Rajaratnam, Nimalan and Perselli, Victoria (2014) Students as ‘resourceful peers’: collaboration with and between students. In: 10th Faculty Conference 2014: Empowering Partnerships; 17 Jul 2014, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria (2014) The application process. In: Algerian-UK PhD Programme: Preparatory Workshops; 06-07 May 2014, Algiers, Algeria. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria [Compiler] (2013) Dialogue vs. discipline? What are the languages of praxis in the context of the internationalised curriculum? In: HEA Annual Conference 2013: Powerful Partnerships: Defining the Learning Experience; 03-04 Jul 2013, Coventry, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria and Moehrke, Diana (2013) The time for “recognising” intercultural learning has come. In: Intercultural Education and Counselling in a Global World; 15-18 Apr 2013, Verona, Italy. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria (2012) Rethinking pedagogy in the context of the English Language Teaching curriculum: towards 'transformative internationalisation'? In: Educational Research Forum; 15 Jun 2012, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria (2011) Is there a principled way forward for educational research that can speak to the paradigm of institutional research in times of immense challenge and complexity? In: Scanning the Horizons: Institutional Research in a Borderless World. The 4th UK and Ireland Higher Education Institutional Research Network Conference; 16-17 Jun 2011, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Perselli, Victoria (2002) The importance of being an artist. In: The Fourth International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices: Making a Difference in Teacher Education Through Self-Study; 4-8 Aug 2002, Hailsham, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Perselli, Victoria (2001) The importance of being ... an artist: interpreting the challenge of inclusion in infant mainstream education: a self-study, action research approach. (PhD thesis), Kingston University,

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