Dr Mabel Encinas

Dr Mabel Encinas is a senior lecturer in early years and education. She also is convener of the Sociocultural and Cultural-Historical Special Interest Group (SIG) for the British Educational Research Association (BERA).

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Dr Mabel Encinas

Dr Encinas was previously Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Early and Primary Education Studies, Education Lead for the School of Psychology of Education and convenor of the Social Justice SIG at the University of Suffolk (UoS). While she worked for UCL Institute of Education, she coordinated the pilot study of the National Curriculum Standards Project for Mexico (2010 to 2011), and she was also a research officer for the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) (2007 to 2009).

Dr Encinas participated in and led various projects in Mexico. Among others, she was Deputy Director of Curriculum and in-service Teacher Education for the Education of Internal Migrant Workers Children (1998 and 1999), she led the Spanish (mother-tongue) area in the Secondary Schools for the 21st Century Project while working for the National Pedagogic University in Mexico (2000 to 2002). She also worked as a consultant for the National Institute of Adult Education in Mexico in the area of language and communication (2004 to 2007).

Dr Encinas has been teaching on a range of modules and has supervised dissertations for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Currently, she is dissertation supervisor and module leader for the BA (Hons) and the MA in Early Childhood Studies. She has a long-standing interest in studying and supporting learning in the workplace, particularly in relation to teachers’ learning in educational contexts, and she has participated and led action research-based projects.

She is interested in technology-enhanced learning and teaching, inclusion considering all aspects of diversity (gender, race and ethnicity, social class, special educational needs and disabilities and any other area of inequality) and the role of emotions in learning.


  • Encinas, M. (2018) El papel de las emociones en el aula: Una aproximación histórico-cultural, in: Gímenez-Dasí, M. y Quintanilla, L. (Eds.) Desarrollo emocional en la Infancia. Madrid: Pirámide, pp. 201-224
  • Kitagawa, K., and Encinas, M. (2014) Young people’s transitions in London and temporal orientations of agency. IOE Research Briefings, 8. We collaborated on a 50/50% basis.
  • Kitagawa, K., ajd Encinas, M. (2014) Young people’s transitions in London and temporal orientations of agency. London Review of Education, 12(1), 77-89. We collaborated on a 50/50% basis.
  • Verdejo, P., Encinas, M. and Trigos, L. (2011) Humanidades y ciencias sociales: Estrategias para la innovación de los procesos de evaluación en la docencia universitaria [Strategies for innovation in assessment processes in higher education teaching]. in: Zalba Azzoni, E. and Orta Martínez, M. (eds.) Estrategias para la evaluación de aprendizajes: pensamiento complejo y competencias [Strategies for assessment of complex thinking and competencies]. Mexico: Innova-Cesal.

Dr Mabel Encinas, PhD, MSc, BA (Hons) Education and Psychology
Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Education
E: m.encinas@londonmet.ac.uk