Caroline Kuhn

Personal statement

Caroline's PhD topic examines the intersections between education, technology, and sociology, looking at students’ daily entanglements with digital tools and platforms, exploring their agency or lack of in digital spaces. She is an open education practitioner and an open researcher. 

Caroline is also a mathematics teacher by trade, and she has become more and more interested in how to encourage and improve student’s voice and agency in Higher Education.

Caroline also teaches in the Institute for Education and across the university.

Academic qualifications

  • Diploma, Teaching for Understanding (with a focus on student's understanding) - Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Professional Teaching Qualification (Spanish as a second language) - Cervantes Institute
  • MA - University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • MA - University of Simon Bolivar (Venezuela)
  • BA (Hons) - Pedagogical University J.M. Siso Martinez, Venezuela

Professional memberships

  • BERA (British Education Research Association)
  • Fellow - Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • ALT (Association for Learning Technology)
  • SRA (Social Research Association)
  • SRHE (Society for Research in Higher Education)
  • GOER-GN (Global Open Educational Resources Graduate Network)
  • STEM Ambassador

Other external roles

Areas of research and expertise

  • New literacy studies
  • Open education practice
  • Critical digital literacies
  • Research methods for social science
  • Mathematics education
  • Education for change
  • Social theory
  • Qualitative methodology


Caroline teaches on the following modules:

  • Education for Change
  • Changing Education
  • Research Methods for Social Sciences
  • Sociology of Education
  • Learning in Mathematics

Research outputs



  • Qualitative Research Symposium: Myths, methods and messiness: insights for qualitative research analysis. University of Bath, UK, 2019. How Critical Realism and Realist Social Theory work in tandem to analyse why and how students engage/don't with (open) tools and platforms. 
  • Re-centering Open: Critical and Global Perspectives. National University Ireland, Galway. The use of Realist Social Theory to shed light on student's agency in (open) educational practices (paper)Recentering open for those at the margins: three lenses on lurking (workshop). 
  • Open Education Global (2018), Delft, The Netherlands. Who are we talking about? The dangers of the Digital Native myth.

Invited talks

  • Invited talk: Eyes Wide Open! Looking at the invisible constraints affecting youth academic digital practice in HE, Digifest 2019 - Shaping Education for a Hyper-connected World.
  • Keynote: Open Praxis: Three Perspectives, One Vision, OER19, National University Ireland, Galway, Ireland, 2019
  • British Society for the History of Mathematics, Queens College, Oxford
  • Centre for Excellence and Teaching, National University Ireland, Galway
  • 'The reality of agency in a deep, complex and networked social world' - PGCert, Goldsmith's University


  • Re-centering Open: Critical and Global Perspectives. National University Ireland, Galway. Recentering open for those at the margins: three lenses on lurking, at the conference


  • Winner - Best Open Research Practice 2019, Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN), Open University, UK. "Caroline Kuhn embodies open practice throughout her research, and has been one of the most active members of the GO-GN community."


  • Since 2015, Caroline has volunteered on a monthly basis at BRLSI (Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution), where she works with young students (13+) that are interested in pursuing a small research project in a STEM subject. The programme aims to provide opportunities which put the young person and their interests at the centre of their own learning. Through this work, she is able to share her research journey with young researchers, while also inspiring and supporting them with their own interests and improving their research skills.
  • She also collaborates with The Dot Project, a charity based in Bath that works to build tech for community and social outreach, with a focus to strengthen organisations and human connections through the conscious use of educational technology.

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