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Miss Shannon Martin

Profile summary

Professional biography

Shannon joined The Open University as a PhD researcher in 2021. Prior to this she completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at The University of Bedfordshire in 2018, graduating with a First Class Honours. This was followed by a MA in Criminology at the same institution in 2019, where she graduated with a masters with distinction. 

Research interests

Shannon's research interests revolve around investigating topics relating to race, racism, gender and sexuality. 

Shannon is based in the sociology department at the OU and was awarded a studentship by The Open University to conduct her current PhD project titled: Critically examining race, racism and decolonisation at The Open Universitity.

Supervisors: Dr Umut Erel, Dr Julia Downes and Dr Kathryn Medien. 


[Book Review]: Avtar Brah, Decolonial Imaginings: Intersectional Conversations and Contestations (2023-10-13)
Martin, Shannon
Sociology ((Early access))

Critical reflections on the racialised hierarchies of an ethnically diverse staff-student scholarship project team (2023-02-28)
Martin, Shannon and Lusted, Jim
Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education(26)

Examining transitions to distance and online higher education with students from refugee backgrounds (2023-09)
Charitonos, K.; Gillespie, M.; Dancu, L.; O'Malley, O.; Al-Rashid, A.; Martin, S.; Wilding, C.; Graffin, N.; Mutwarasibo, F. and Babjak, M.
In : BERA 2023 Conference (12-14 Sep 2023, Birmingham, UK)

Researching transitions to distance higher education with students from refugee backgrounds: A case from the Sanctuary programme at the Open University (2023-11)
Charitonos, Koula; Gillespie, Marie; Graffin, Neil; Wilding, Colin; O'Malley, Olwyn; Al-Rashid, Ahmad; Martin, Shannon; Mutwarasibo, Fidèle; Babjak, Mahlea and Dancu, Lidia
The Open University