Dr Ian Fyfe

Senior Lecturer


2011     University of Edinburgh – PG Cert. University Teaching

2007     University of Melbourne – PhD

2001     University of Edinburgh - MEd.

1994     Heriot Watt University - BA (Community Education)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Member of Standards Council for Community Learning and Development Scotland

Member of the International Sociology Association (Research Committee 34 –Youth)

Undergraduate teaching

Course Organiser & Lecturer:

Domains of Practice 2 (MA Learning in Communities)

Domains of Practice 3 (MA Learning in Communities)

Honours Seminar (MA Learning in Communities)


Professional Practice 2 (MA Learning in Communities)

Postgraduate teaching

Course Organiser & Lecturer:

Youth Studies (MSc Education)


Children & Young People 1 (MSc Transformative Learning & Teaching)

Children & Young People 2 (MSc Transformative Learning & Teaching)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am keen to supervise research in the areas listed in the research section of this page.

Current PhD students supervised

Laura Weiner. Youth Constructions of Activist Competency: A Discourse Analysis Case Study in A Philadelphia Youth Activist Group (co-supervising with Prof. Kay Tisdall)

Past PhD students supervised

Anthea Lei Yuen Coleman-Chan (2023). Making the Third Mission possible: Investigating academic staff experiences of Community-engaged Learning (co-supervised with Dr James Macallister

Alan Mackie (2019). Young People, Youth Work and Social Justice: A Participatory Parity Perspective (co-supervised with Dr Jim Crowther)

Patricio Cuevas-Parra (2018). Exploring child-led research: Case studies from Bangladesh, Lebanon and Jordan (co-supervised with Prof. Kay Tisdall)

Byulrim Pyollim Hong (2015). Young people’s experience of a democratic deficit in citizenship education in formal and informal settings in Scotland (co-supervised with Dr Jim Crowther)

Research summary

  • Youth studies
  • Community-based youth work
  • Youth political participation
  • Youth culture and subculture
  • Learning in communities
  • Education for citizenship
  • Widening access and participation in Higher Education
  • Qualitative research methodology

View all 16 publications on Research Explorer