Jonathan Hancock

Research Assistant


Jonathan is a Research Assistant at Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh. His work focuses on research methods and research project coordination in education, in areas including outdoor learning and sustainability, languages and communication, learning spaces, hybrid learning and teaching, and initial teacher education. He has over eight years professional research experience, having previously worked in research and public policy the Third Sector, and as a teacher for two years in Japan, before rejoining Moray House as a Research Assistant in 2019.

He has published on learning ecologies, spatial literacies and identities, initial teacher education, and pupils learning English as an Additional Language (EAL). Additionally, he worked as a Research Assistant on the University of Edinburgh team for the SCDE Scottish Government Attainment Challenge project, which concluded in 2021.

Currently, Jonathan is working as an RA on the Sensory Explorations in School Environments (SENSE) project and theHorizon Europe Roadmap to STEAM Educationproject. He recently worked on the Hybrid Pioneers Initiative, and the Intercultural Approaches to Student Education project. He also provides RA support to the Teacher Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy (TECP) Thematic Hub, and is a core member of the Race and Inclusivity in Global Education Network (RIGEN). 

Project activity

2023-2025. Research Assistant. Developing a STEAM Roadmap for Science Education. Horizon Europe. Value: €1.660.625 (Co-I: Dr Laura Colucci-Gray). 

2021-2024. Research Assistant. Sensory Explorations of Nature in School Environments (SENSE). EPSRC. Value: £1.000.000 (PI: Prof. Advaith Siddhartan, Co-I: Dr Laura Colucci-Gray, Professor Andrew Manches). 

2022-2023. Research Assistant. Intercultural Approaches to Student Education. Challenge Investment Project. Value: £10,000. (PI: Dr Yvonne Foley).

2021-2023. Research Assistant. Hybrid Pioneers. PTAS. Value: £16,879. (PI: Professor Do Coyle).

2021. Research Assistant. Inspiring Spaces, Inspiring Learning. University of Edinburgh Regional Skills Programme. Value: £10.000. (PI: Professor Do Coyle). Report available here: 

2021. Research Assistant. STEAM Gardens for employability and well-being. University of Edinburgh Regional Skills Programme. Value: £10.000. (PI: Dr Laura Colucci-Gray) Report available here:

2019-2021. Research Assistant. Food Activism in the Schoolyard. Project funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute.  Value: £18.000.

2018-2021. Research Assistant. SCDE Scottish Attainment Challenge. Scottish Government. Value: £.50.000. Final report available here:

2016-2018. Research Assistant. Initial Teacher Education and English as an Additional Language. Funded by The Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy. Value: £120,000. (PI: Dr Yvonne Foley).

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