Stephen Sowa (Tutor & PhD student)

Thesis title: Understanding the complexities of supporting children’s career aspirations and preparedness for the changing world of work


Before moving into academia, I worked on health and education projects in sub-Saharan Africa and spent 2 years working for an intergovernmental organisation in London, UK. Presently, I am a Tutor and PhD student in Moray House School of Education and Sport. My current research investigates the theoretical and practical complexities of supporting school students' career aspirations and preparedness for the changing world of work. I am also the Principal Investigator for the Sustainable Careers Project.


MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development

PhD Education (ongoing)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE)

Responsibilities & affiliations


Reviewer: International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance

PGR Student Representative: Moray House School of Education and Sport (Jan 2022 - Jan 2023)


Teacher Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy Thematic Hub

Advanced Quantitative Research in Education Thematic Hub

Digital Education Thematic Hub

Comparative Education and International Development Research Group

Sustainability in Education Research Group

Undergraduate teaching


Currents: Understanding and Addressing Global Challenges

Students as Change Agents

Postgraduate teaching


Sources of Knowledge: Understanding and Analysing Research Literature

Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions and Praxis

Children and Technology


Dissertation Supervisor:

MSc Education

Research summary

My research interests span areas including education and the future of work, career development, education and international development, teaching, and learning theory.

Google Scholar profile:

Current research interests

Education and the future of work, artistry in teaching, career development, careers and sustainable development.

Knowledge exchange

Scottish Government Seminar Series

Digital Mentoring for Schools and Colleges Programme

Project activity

Artistry of Teaching Project: Co-Investigator

Sustainable Careers Project: Principal Investigator

Current project grants

Principal's Teaching Award Scheme: £6279


Moray House School of Education and Sport Conference: Becoming more Certain with Uncertainty (13th May 2022)

Papers delivered

BERA Annual Conference 2023 (12th - 14th September 2023)

6th International Conference on Employer Engagement: Preparing Young People for the Future (1st - 2nd July 2021)

The 8th Annual Education Studies Postgraduate Research Conference - University of Warwick (23rd - 24th April 2021)