Education and Development seminars, meetings and reports Education and Development seminars, meetings and reports

The School of Education and Lifelong Learning, School of International Development and School of Language and Communication Studies run a joint research seminar series in the Autumn and Spring semesters. The seminars are open to all staff, students and members of the public who are interested in the fields of education and international development, and comparative education. See below for our current programme of seminars. We also hold an informal discussion group – please contact for further details.

2016 - 2017 Seminars on Education and Development

2015 - 2016

Upcoming meetings and events 2015


We invite you to join our online discussion (e-Forum) on issues surrounding adult literacy learning, and women's literacy learning in particular. We aim to explore the gaps in communicating and constructing knowledge between literacy policy makers, academic researchers and practitioners, in order to inform future sustainable development of practice in adult literacy.

We are delighted that the following facilitators from around the world have agreed to join the e-Forum:

Dr. Sushan Acharya - Associate Professor, Central Department of Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Dr. Jan Eldred - Senior Research Fellow, The National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE), United Kingdom

Ms. Malini Ghose - Founder member, Nirantar, India

Dr. Rafat Nabi - Director of Education, Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan

Dr. M. Ehsanur Rahman - Executive Director, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Bangladesh

Prof. Anna Robinson-Pant -  Professor of Education, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom and UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation (forthcoming)

Ms. Cecilia (Thea) Soriano - Programmes and Operations Coordinator, Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), Philippines

Ms. Mari Yasunaga - Programme Specialist, Section for Youth, Literacy and Skills Development, UNESCO, Paris

From 7th to 14th of November, issues will be raised and posted every day by a different facilitator. This event is FREE and available to anyone who wishes to participate. Please find attached advertisement for details. 

To join the e-Forum, please contact: BAICE Support Officer:

Recent events

One of the events that was organised by the Literacy and Development Group recently took place at the UKFIET international conference in Oxford on September 15thLDG members Gina Lontoc, Fusheng Jia, Anna Robinson-Pant, Clare Meade and Brian Street  presented at our first event (Quickfire discussion session ).This is part of our new BAICE-funded ‘Bridging the Gap’ project (focusing on women’s literacy).


Please contact Miriam McGregor to register for these events (BAICE SupportOfficer We have some funding to cover travel costs for doctoral students.

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Download the Stimulus Paper and the Full Report

Challenging deficit discourses in international education and development (BAICE Thematic Forum): Two one-day seminars were held on 22nd. April (at Leeds University) and 6th. May (at UEA).

Research and policy in international education has often been framed in terms of a deficit discourse. For instance, policy debates on women’s literacy and education have begun by positioning women as a group who need to ‘catch up’ on certain skills in order to become more active in development. Rather than recognising the skills and knowledge that participants already have and practise in their everyday lives, researchers who adopt this deficit perspective on learning and education may find that the research agenda and questions will already be shaped to a large extent by the providers’/policy makers’ standpoint. 

This BAICE thematic forum, organised by LDG with Caroline Dyer from the University of Leeds, aimed to deepen understanding around how deficit discourses have shaped the questions and objectives of international educational research. As well as deconstructing and gaining greater knowledge into why and how these dominant deficit discourses have influenced the research agenda, we also investigated and proposed alternative conceptual models through the two linked seminars. Our purpose in these seminars is to explore how deficit discourses are perpetuated and communicated today and what they mean for researchers, policy makers and the wider public. We explored how researchers today are challenging such discourses and providing alternative lenses for analysis, in order to promote new insights and understandings into questions of marginalisation – with regard to specific groups and to how certain educational themes are framed.

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International Conference

In July 2015, LDG members contributed to the International Conference: Gender Relations and Rising Inequalities 6-8 July 2015 being organised by the School of International Development, UEA. Nitya Rao convened the overall conference and a panel on ‘Feminist mobilisation and policy change’. Sheila Aikman and Anna Robinson-Pant convened the sub-panel on ‘Education/learning and gendered aspirations’. See further details on: