Anna Pilson


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Anna Pilson a PhD student at Durham University School of Education. Her ESRC-funded project aims to create a collaborative autoethnographic project with young visually impaired people, who are positioned as knowledge producers. Prior to commencing her PhD studies, Anna worked in the UK and German education systems as a teacher, and since 2012 as a Qualified Teacher of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments (QTVI). In January 2022 she joined the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs at the University of Birmingham School of Education as Lecturer in Vision Impairment Education and Course Leader for the postgraduate Mandatory Qualification for Teaching Children and Young People with Vision Impairments (MQVI). Anna's research interests include Participatory Action Research, Critical Disability Studies, vision impairment, autoethnography and practitioner-led and school-based research. She is an active member of BERA, BSA and UKPRN and an affiliate member of the iHuman research collective at the University of Sheffield. She tweets as @pilsonanna.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD Education, University of Durham

Award Date: 31 Dec 2023

Master of Arts, MA Education, University of Durham

Award Date: 31 Aug 2012

Bachelor of Arts, BA (Hons) History, University of Liverpool

Award Date: 5 Jul 2002


  • L Education (General)
  • Vision Impairment
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Autoethnography


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