My work focuses on how people learn about and engage with science, with an emphasis on equity and social justice. My research and teaching explore how practices across science communication, education and engagement (i.e. from schools, to museums, to watching TV at home) set certain kinds of people up to feel comfortable when they engage with science, while other people are set up to feel profoundly excluded. I try to figure out how that happens with a view to reimagining what meaningful inclusive & transformative practices might involve.
Karen Kyle McKenzie
Karen Kyle McKenzie is the director of the drama and heritage education company, Illuminate UK. The company have been working with Scotland's leading heritage bodies including Historic Environment Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland for 13 years, delivering innovative learning programmes at historic sites across the country. The company are best known for the Sandford award winning Junior Tour Guide program where the aim is to help children and young people understand the past while developing skills for the future. Karen trained in drama education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and worked in theatre, schools and with Skills Development Scotland before setting up Illuminate UK in 2006.