K dot Fincham at uea dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 1982
My academic and professional interests and experiences centre around the broad fields of Education and Development, Gender and Development, Identity and Conflict, and ESL, Language and Literacy. Within these fields, I have worked as a teacher, trainer, technical advisor, gender analyst, curriculum/materials writer, project manager, programme director and researcher in Canada, the UK, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. This included various academic posts, as well as two years with WUSC/CIDA, four years with UNICEF Canada and short-term consultancies with UNGEI and Oxfam Novib.
I have a DPhil Education and Development from the University of Sussex and an MSc Gender and Development from the London School of Economics. I also have an MAT TESOL from the School for International Training and a PGDipEd and BEd from the University of Alberta.
My research interests centre around the politics, sociology and cultural studies of education and learning. This research focus encompasses the production and regulation of identities (specifically gender, ethnicity, religion, class and nation); 'citizenship' narratives; institutional power, processes and outcomes; inter/intra community relations; social inclusion/exclusion; social cohesion; educational and social mobility; youth movements and power and resistance in the contexts of socio-economic transition, forced migration and diaspora. I also have research and professional interests in ESL, language and literacy education and a specific regional interest in the Middle East and North Africa.
My DPhil research explored how Palestinian youth construct, negotiate and contest their identities in the context of UNRWA refugee camps in south Lebanon. In specific, I explored how Palestinian youth in south Lebanon understand and perform their identities vis-à-vis nation, gender and religion, how the discursive resources of identity are appropriated and articulated in everyday life within the camps and how Palestinian identities in Lebanon have shifted across exilic generations.
Research groups: Educational Diversity, Literacy and Development; Gender and Development; Politics, Governance and the State
Academic publications and technical papers
Fincham, K. (with Dunne, M. and Durrani, N.) 2012. Troubling Muslim Identities: nation, religion and gender in Nigeria, Pakistan and Palestinian Camps in Lebanon. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (in progress)
Fincham, K. 2012. Constructions, Contradictions and Contestations of ‘Manhood’ among Youth in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon. International Journal of Educational Development. (under review)
Fincham, K. 2012. Shifting Youth Identities and Notions of ‘Citizenship’ in the Palestinian Diaspora: the case of Lebanon. In D. Kiwan (ed) Naturalization Policies, Education and Citizenship: Multicultural and Multi-nation Societies in International Perspective. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Fincham, K. 2012. Nationalist Narratives, Boundaries and Social Inclusion/Exclusion in Palestinian Camps in South Lebanon. COMPARE. 42(2): 303-324
Fincham, K. 2012. Learning the Nation in Exile: constructing youth identities, belonging and ‘citizenship’ in Palestinian refugee camps in south Lebanon. Comparative Education. 48(1): 119-133
Fincham, K. 2010. The Construction of the Palestinian Girl: voices from south Lebanon. Girlhood Studies. 3(1): 34-54(21)
Fincham, K. (with Smith, R.L.) 2010. Transforming Policy and Practice for Gender in Education: A Review of the 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report Using an Equity and Inclusion Lens (focus on Marginalization). Technical Paper. UNICEF.
Fincham, K. (with Smith, R.L.) 2009. Transforming Policy and Practice for Gender in Education: A Gender Review of the 2009 EFA Global Monitoring Report (focus on Governance). Technical Paper. UNICEF.
Fincham, K. (with Asiegbor, I.; Nanang, M.; Gala, E. E. K.; Britwum, A. O.) 2001. Rights and Equity in the Classroom: A Case Study of Classroom Interactions in Basic Schools in Ghana. Evaluation Report. Curriculum Research and Development Division. Ghana Education Service (GES). Government of Ghana (commissioned by UNICEF).
MRes Development Practice (distance learning)
Introduction to Development Studies
Development in Practice
Development Work Experience
Education and Development
Education Policy and Practice for Development
Governance, Democracy and Development
MRes Development Practice modules (on-line)
Project Management (RBM)
Participatory Methods (PLA)
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