Esther McMahon


Research Intern

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Esther joined IES as a research intern in October 2018. Her main interests include inclusion, equality and equity in education, alongside participatory research methods. To date, her research portfolio builds knowledge in the following fields: the social brain, resilience, universal ethics and co-constructive learning. Esther draws upon experience of working in both policy and practice contexts, across the pre-16 and post-16 education sectors.

Esther completed her Master’s degree in Psychology of Education, specialising as a Humanistic Psychologist from the Institute of Education UCL, the world’s leading centre for education and related social science.

She has experience in client-facing roles for UK government, gathering evidence to measure the degree to which Special Educational Needs interventions bring about sustainable changes in the lives of children, young people and their families. She has provided commercial research consultancy for Amoshee, the UK Student Services Organisation and academic research for the British Association for Comparative & International Education.  

Esther is also a research fellow in the Centre for Innovation in Childhood & Youth (CIRCY). She co-convenes the BA Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Education module and the BA in Primary & Early Years Special Needs, Disability, Inclusion and Diversity module, in the School of Education & Social Work University of Sussex.


2012 University College London, Institute of Education MSc Psychology of Education
2010 University College London, Institute of Education PGCert Psychology
2005 Goldsmiths, University of London BA Hons Drama & Arts


2018- Research Fellow, School of Education & Social Work, University of Sussex
2017-18 Principle Researcher, British Association for International & Comparative Education
2017 Research Consultant, Amoshee, The UK Student Services Organisation
2016-17 Pre- & Post-16 Participation & Engagement Coordinator, Childrens Services, Local Governance
2015-16 Inclusion Advisor, East Sussex Special Schools & Outreach