OPEN Scotland Team

Lani Watson: Network Coordinator

Dr Lani Watson is a philosopher at the University of Edinburgh and the network coordinator for OPEN Scotland. She studies questions and questioning and has a special interest in the way in which questions are used in schools and classrooms to teach and learn. Lani thinks that good questioning is a key skill that should be taught in schools and believes that doing philosophy in schools and communities is a great way to teach this skill. As well as, Lani curates the website

Contact Lani for general enquiries about the OPEN Scotland network.

Daniel Calder: Schools Liaison

Dr Daniel Calder is a teacher of religion and philosophy and a project assistant for OPEN Scotland. He is passionate about bringing philosophy to children, and bringing children to philosophy. He is an experienced facilitator of philosophical enquiry with children and with the elderly, and has also taught SQA certificated courses in philosophy at National 5 and Higher level. He completed his PhD in 2016 at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Andy Clark and his particular interest in cognition and artificial intelligence remains strong.

Contact Daniel for enquiries about philosophy in secondary schools.

Rosa Hardt: Arts and Communities Liaison

Dr Rosa Hardt is a philosopher, facilitator, and OPEN Scotland liaison for philosophical discussions in communities and the arts. Rosa is an accredited Specialist Philosophy Teacher with The Philosophy Foundation, and has worked in Edinburgh schools, a women’s prison, in the community, and in collaboration with artists. As a philosopher, Rosa is interested in the relationship between feeling, acting and thinking. Her PhD thesis argued that our ability to tell and understand stories emerges with our capacity to work out and act on our values. You can find out more about Rosa at her website here.

Contact Rosa for enquiries about philosophy with arts and community organisations.

Daniela Machado: Schools Liaison

Daniela Machado recently completed a Master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating with a philosophy degree in 2013, Daniela completed Stage 1 training with The Philosophy Foundation in London and moved to Edinburgh shortly afterwards, where she graduated as a secondary school teacher in Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies at Strathclyde University. Working in large comprehensive schools in Edinburgh over the last few years, Daniela participated in, organised and facilitated a variety of outreach projects – including joint projects with philosophy and English classes in Denmark and an interdisciplinary ‘Prison Design’ project with expert academics from a variety of departments at the University of Edinburgh.


In addition to implementing philosophical inquiry into her classroom teaching, she also provided and coordinated training placements for philosophers who had completed their training with The Philosophy Foundation. Daniela is interested in working with primary schools, secondary schools, the community and businesses.

Contact Daniela for enquiries about philosophy in secondary schools.

Dave Ward: Universities Liaison

Dr Dave Ward is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, and the department’s Community Outreach Director. His research focuses on understanding how our social and emotional nature shapes our abilities to perceive, act, and think. Dave has received training in facilitating philosophical discussion from the Philosophy Foundation and SAPERE, and since 2016 has been involved in various projects to bring philosophy into Edinburgh schools where the subject is underrepresented.

Contact Dave for enquiries about university outreach activities and events.