Biography

I joined DEV as a Lecturer in Education and Development in August 2015. My research interests centre on exploring how institutional and social barriers to education in developing country contexts are challenged and disrupted.  Key research areas include gender equality and education – including school-related gender-based violence – non-formal approaches to youth literacy and skills development, and working with children, schools and communities to understand the impact, social drivers and mitigation of HIV/AIDS. 

I specialise in mixed-methods research designs, with a focus on participatory and transformative approaches to research and evaluation. I deliver training for the ESRC Advanced PGR Training workshop on Participatory Global Research Approaches in Global Contexts.

Within DEV I teach on issues of education, literacy, gender and health at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

Career History

My background is in education and international development, working across research, evaluation, training and practice. Before joining DEV, I was a researcher with the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report team at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Prior to this I spent almost a decade with the Centre for Educational Research and Training (CERT) at the University of Malawi, as Research Fellow and Deputy Director.

During that time I led several research projects and consultancies within Malawi and the wider Eastern and Southern Africa region, providing policy-related and action research, needs assessments and monitoring and evaluation of educational interventions for government and development agencies (including DFID, UNICEF, USAID, Plan Malawi and GIZ). I led the Malawi component of the multi-country ESRC-DFID Joint Scheme project 'Strengthening Open and Flexible Learning for increased Education Access in high HIV prevalence SADC countries' and coordinated research for the USAID-funded 'Safe Schools Program.'

I also developed, and taught, core courses and distance learning modules for an upgrading Diploma programme for secondary science teachers in Malawi, and led research methods training for postgraduate education students, staff and district extension officers.

Academic Background

I have a MEd in Education and Development from the University of Bristol and a PhD in Education and International Development awarded by the Institute of Education, University of London. My PhD thesis explored the factors that challenge and support educational access and attainment of children of HIV/AIDS-affected households, using this information to design, pilot and evaluate a school-based flexible learning intervention to support orphaned and vulnerable children.

My undergraduate degree is a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh.

All Publications

Segura, C. Y. L., Jere, C. M.

(2017)

Fair Access to Higher Education: Global Perspectives ed. by Anna Mountford-Zimdars, Daniel Sabbagh, and David Post,

in Review of Higher Education

41

(1)

pp. 143-145

Full Text

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Benavot, A., Antoninis, M., Bella, N., Delprato, M., Harma, J., Jere, C., Joshi, P., Koseleci Blanchy, N., Longlands, H., McWilliam, A., Zubairi, A.

(2016)

Education for All 2000-2015: The Influence of Global Interventions and Aid on EFA Achievements,

in Handbook of Global Education Policy.

Wiley-Blackwell

pp. 241-259

ISBN 978-1-118-46805-0

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Aikman, S., Robinson-Pant, A., McGrath, S., Jere, C., Cheffy, I., Themelis, S., Rogers, A.

(2016)

Challenging deficit discourses in international education and development,

in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

46

(2)

pp. 314-334

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Benavot, A., Antoninis, M., Bella, N., Delprato, M., Jere, C., Joshi, P., Köseleci Blanchy, N., Longlands, H., McWilliam, A., Zubairi, A.

(2015)

Education for All 2000–2015: Review and Perspectives,

in ZEP

38

(2)

pp. 10-16

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Jukes, M. C. H., Jere, C. M., Pridmore, P.

(2014)

Evaluating the provision of flexible learning for children at risk of primary school dropout in Malawi,

in International Journal of Educational Development

39

pp. 181-192

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Jere, C. M.

(2012)

Improving educational access of vulnerable children in high HIV prevalence communities of Malawi: The potential of open and flexible learning strategies,

in International Journal of Educational Development

32

(6)

pp. 756-763

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Jere, C. M.

(2012)

Alternative approaches to education provision for out-of-school youth in Malawi: The case of Complementary Basic Education,

UNESCO

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Pridmore, P., Jere, C.

(2011)

Disrupting patterns of educational inequality and disadvantage in Malawi,

in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

41

(4)

pp. 513-531

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Jere, C. M.

(2011)

Developing, implementing and evaluating the SOFIE model: Supporting increased educational access for vulnerable pupils in rural Malawi,

Institute of Education

ISBN 978-1-906648-16-9

(Other report)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Researching issues of educational access, learinng and exclusion amongst HIV-affected children and youth in rural Malawi. Including DFID-ESRC Joint Scheme multi-country research Strengthening Open, Distance and Flexible Learning for improved Access to Education in high HIV prevalence SADC countries (SOFIE) (RES-167-25-0217), Partnership between UCL Institute of Education, University of Malawi, National University of Lesotho, South African Institute for Distance Education (2007-2010). Details and publications available on the SOFIE project and The Impact Initiative websites.

A key area of research and action is that of School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV), from early research into the prevalence, support and reporting mechanisms under the USAID-funded Safe Schools Program, to policy-related research and advocacy, including policy briefs, blogs and membership of the Global Working Group to End SRGBV. 

 

 

Research Group Membership

Literacy and Development Group