Staff Profile


Mrs Clare Keys

Senior Lecturer

School: Educational Studies - Undergraduate Programmes

Campus: To be Decided

Tel: N/A

Profile summary

I am an experienced Senior Lecturer in Special Education Needs and Inclusion studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. I lecture throughout the SEN & Inclusion undergraduate programme with a specific interest in research methods and design; social justice and international human rights; experiences of marginalised populations; the mental health of children and the realtionship between emotional, mental and physical health/wellbeing. I have experience lecturing on law and public health modules, and support undergraduate and Masters students in their research/ dissertations. 

Research and knowledge exchange

I am undertaking my PhD in Health and Social Sciences with Bournemouth University, focusing on the experiences of those supporting children with parents detained for immigration purposes. I am also studying a Masters in Law focused on International Human Rights Law. I have a Masters in Education and am a Senior fellow of Advance HE. I publish and present at conferences in the fields of law, public health and education. 

Teaching and subject expertise

I am a qualified teacher and have been an independent panel member for a fostering agency. I have a masters degree in Education, am studying for Masters in International Law and PhD in Health and Social Sciences. I research and teach in the field of disability, marginalised groups, social justice and intrenational human rights, mental health and equality of life experiences for children from all backgrounds. I am a senior fellow of the Academy of HE. I have taught on immigration, discrimination, therapeutic services, mental health, children and trauma, research methods and child developmental theory across Education studies, law and public health. I also support undergraduate and Masters students in their research/dissertations. 

Publications and research outputs

I publish and present at conferences in the fields of law, public health and education. Recent activities include work with HeEL (Health, education and law) collective from CCCU and Huddersfield University:  

Sah, R.  Wright, T. Keys, C. Nanayakkara, G. Onyejekwe, C. 2021. Mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during Covid-19 | Expert comment (

Wright, T. Keys, C. Nanayakkara, G. Onyejekwe, C. Sah, R. (2021) Understanding the causes for covid-19 vaccine hesitancy among UK ethnic minorities 

Toni Wright, Harshad Keval, Clare Keys, Gowri Nanayakkara, Chisa Onyejekwe, Rajeeb Sah, Raymond Smith. The impact of COVID-19 on BAME populations: a systematic review of experiences and perspectives. PROSPERO 2021 CRD42021239243 Available from: 

Keys C. (2021) Social Polarization and Ghettoization: Economic and Policy-Driven Causes. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A.M., Brandli L., Lange Salvia A., Özuyar P.G., Wall T. (eds) Reduced Inequalities. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham.  


Keys, C; Onyejekwe, C (with absent contributors Nanayakkara, G; Sah, R. Wright, T) Reimagining a responsive and caring state: 
Utilising the legal theory of vulnerability to understand and rethink health injustices in the UK in the wake of COVID-19  Law Society Association Annual Conference, United States. Online 27/05/2021


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