I am currently a PhD Researcher at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning of UEA and a member of the Literacy and Development Group. I am a recipient of the UNESCO Chair studentship on Adult Learning and Literacy for Social Transformation. My proposed doctoral research is an ethnographic study exploring the adult learning and literacy dimension of volunteerism particularly those participated by marginalized youths and adults in the Philippines. I am a recent graduate of a joint MA in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management from the Danish School of Education, University of Deusto and UCL Institute of Education where I was a recipient of an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. My MA dissertation was on understanding the role of dialogue in engaging the poor in grassroots, community-based social enterprises in the Philippines.
Prior to this, I had over 5 years of experience as a professional and volunteer in the Philippine education and development sectors. I worked as a university teacher, a students’ retention specialist, a programme officer for an early grades literacy project of Save the Children Philippines and a volunteer and founder of various community engagement and youth formation programmes. I was also a former intern at the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL) under their research on “Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning”.
Key Research Interests
- Exploring the linkage(s) between education/learning and development
- Understanding social processes of marginalized communities that may cultivate or confine the members’ learning experiences and personal transformation
- Adult education and learning
- Social Innovation