Alasdair is broadly interested in learning and teaching in RE and the role teachers play in the formation of students' views and opinions, particularly when learning about sensitive or controversial issues.
Within this, Alasdair's research specialism is Holocaust Education. His particular interest concerns how students emotionally engage with the potentially traumatic discourses of Holocaust narratives and how we as educators guide and support them through this process. This was the focus for his doctoral research in 2008, paving the way for similar studies in the field. He is also interested in the role film representations and oral/visual testimonies play in defining students' understandings, and how we create memory spaces for ourselves and within society.
Alasdair is an Educator with the Holocaust Educational Trust and is a Graduate of Yad Vashem in Israel. He has been a teacher advisor for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and is a member of the British Association for Holocaust Studies.
Alasdair has been awarded the University Early Career Research Fellowship for 2016-17. His project will develop his work on emotional learning in Holocaust Education.