Dr Damaris Carlisle


Dr Damaris Carlisle

Lecturer-in-charge, The Learning Centre
  • Doctor of Education, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy with Social Work Certificate, Middlesex University, UK
  • Diploma in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language to Adults, UK


Dr Damaris Carlisle’s career as a teacher of English, spanning more than 30 years, has taken her to distant corners of the world, from Spain to South America, from the UK to Australia and finally returning to Singapore. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of settings from the social services sector to the corporate world, before moving into academia.

Dr Carlisle's role in running The Learning Centre at LASALLE, providing academic support to students and staff in the college, inspired her to complete her Doctorate in Education. She investigated issues of concern experienced by learners with disabilities and special educational needs as they transition to and experience their first year of study at a university in Singapore. She remains passionate about education and promoting an inclusive campus.  

Research and Practice


  • 'COIL, COILer, COILing: English Language Learners Participating in Collaborative Online International Learning.' Co-authored with Judith Luna Sáenz. The Southeast Asian Conference on Education 2023 Official Conference Proceedings, 2023, pp. 1–13. Available at: https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-5240.2023.1
  • Oh! She’s doing fine: Realities and Concerns of Learners with Disabilities at University in Singapore'. In K. V. Zhuang, M. E. Wong, & D. Goodley (Eds.), Not Without Us: Perspectives on Disability and Inclusion in Singapore (pp. 295–314). Ethos Books, 2023
  • 'Disability support for students with special educational needs at institutes of higher learning in Singapore: A historical perspective to developments in education policy', Disability and the Global South. Vol 9 No 1, 2130–2151. Available at: https://www.dgsjournal.org. ISSN 2050-7364
  • ‘See me, hear me: Successes and challenges of students with invisible disabilities at university in Singapore’, Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences (APJDD), Vol 9 No 1, (Jan 2022). Available at: https://www.das.org.sg/publications.html?view=publications&id=302
  • 'Contextualizing Historical Education Policy Formation Through the Use of Online Access to Parliamentary Debates: Managing Documentary Data', SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online, SAGE Publications, Ltd., 2022. Available at: https://doi.org/10.4135/9781529600421.
  • 'Magical Reference Management Software', SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online, SAGE Publications, Ltd., 2022. Available at: https://doi.org/10.4135/9781529799026
  • 'Using Social Media Platforms and Apps for Recruiting Participants and Conducting Interviews', SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online, SAGE Publications, Ltd., 2022.  Available at: https://doi.org/10.4135/9781529798906
Research Interests
  • Phonology
  • Student motivation
  • Developing self-study skills