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Group co-ordinators

Anna Robinson-Pant is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE), School of Education and Lifelong Learning. She has wide experience of educational research, planning and training in South Asia (particularly Nepal), having worked for various international and local development agencies. She won the UNESCO/UIE International Award for Literacy Research for her study of women's literacy and development in Nepal ('Why eat green cucumber at the time of dying? Exploring the link between women's literacy and development, 2001, UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg'). She continued to challenge the dominant instrumental view of ‘literacy for women' through raising the profile of participatory and ethnographic research approaches in the international development arena with her edited volume, Women, Literacy and Development (Routledge, 2004). Email A.Robinson-pant@uea.ac.uk

Nitya Rao is Professor in Gender Analysis and Development, at the School of International Development. Her research in the area of education and development focuses on equity issues in education policies and provisioning. She currently works on the topic of gender differences in migration opportunities and the implications for educational choices and outcomes. She has mainly worked in South Asia, but also has interests in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa. Email N.Rao@uea.ac.uk


Sheila Aikman is Senior Lecturer in Education and Development at the School of International Development. Her research interests include intercultural and basic education (formal and non-formal), indigenous knowledge and learning systems, gender equality and multigrade teaching. Her publications include her widely read and cited 'Intercultural Education and Literacy' (John Benjamins, Amsterdam and Philadelphia). She has carried out research and other work in Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Email: Sheila.Aikman@uea.ac.uk

Bryan Maddox is Senior Lecturer in Education and Development at the School of International Development. He is a social anthropologist working on literacy, language and education in South Asian contexts. He has strong interests in inter-disciplinary work in education linking anthropology and economics. His recent publications include 'What good is literacy? Insights and Implications of the Capabilities Approach, in Journal of Human Development, Vol. 9, July 2008. His current research interests are the links between literacy, human capabilities and wellbeing, and on education and literacy in fishing communities. Email: b.maddox@uea.ac.uk
Alan Rogers is a Visiting Professor in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. He is engaged in a scoping study of adult literacy certification in a number of African countries. His work in Afghanistan on skills development and literacy continues through e-mail and other contacts, and he gave a videoed contribution to UNESCO’s International Literacy Day celebrations in Kabul. He is editing with a number of other people a volume on numeracy as social practice.



Other members

John GordonDr John Gordon is a Senior Lecturer in Education. He is the school's Director of Teaching and Learning and co-ordinates the Secondary English PGCE (M) course. His doctoral research considered teaching and learning with poetry in schools, with particular focus on how children respond to poetry they hear, explored through application of Conversation Analysis. His broader research interests include teacher knowledge and expertise, classroom responses to literature, classroom talk and media education. Email: john.gordon@uea.ac.uk

Sue Cox  Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at UEA where she is involved in teaching and research. She is course director of the MA (Advanced Educational Practice) and teaches on the Primary PGCE course. Both her teaching and research are informed by her background in philosophy of education. She is interested in working with teachers on understanding practice in order to improve it and enhance the educational opportunities of children.Email : s.p.cox@uea.ac.uk

Lucio EspositoLucio's research interests include poverty, wellbeing, inequality and relative deprivation, social/distributive justice, social choice, Sen's capability approach, cross-country studies, measurement and data collection methodologies; Latin America and the Caribbean, Mozambique. Email: lucio.esposito@uea.ac.uk


Spyros ThemelisDr Spyros Themelis is a Senior Lecturer in Education. His main research activities focus on social stratification/social mobility and education, youth movement and Higher Education and the education of Gypsy/Roma/Travellers.


Leticia Yulita Dr Yulita is a Lecturer in Spanish at the School of Language and Communication Studies, where she is involved in teaching Spanish language and intercultural skills to undergraduates. Her research interests lie in the field of language pedagogy and intercultural learning and her doctoral research considered the deconstruction of stereotypes for the development of intercultural competence in language education. Leticia has recently completed a British Council funded project for the integration of intercultural education into the language curriculum in the university sector in Uzbekistan, which was officially implemented nationwide in September 2013.

Anna Magyar A member of the Centre for Applied Research and Education (CARE) and currently a part time tutor and PhD supervisor in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning.  Although she has been involved in several areas of educational and sociolinguistic research, in recent years her focus has been in the area of academic writing in higher education, particularly in the context of the increasing internationalisation of higher education.  She draws on an academic literacies approach and is particularly interested in addressing inequalities in academia, including between north and south. She facilitates an academic writing for publication programme sponsored by the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE).

Nalini Boodhoo Dr Nalini Boodhoo is a Senior Lecturer and Head of School in Education with responsibility for Modern Foreign Languages within the Secondary PGCE programme. Nalini has overall responsibility for the academic management of the assessment process for the secondary PGCE. Before joining UEA she taught in secondary schools in Manchester, Sussex and Kent and has been a Head of Department, New Teacher Induction Coordinator and a School Governor. She is particularly interested in language teaching methodology and the changing role of MFL teachers in the context of the whole school curriculum. She also has research interests within the area of education in developing countries, especially school effectiveness and school improvement initiatives in secondary schools. Email: n.boodhoo@uea.ac.uk
Claire Meade (National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education)

Brian Street (Honorary Professor, School of Education and LLL UEA) 

Lindsay Howard (INTO) Lindsay is currently teaching academic English to international students pursuing postgraduate studies in International Development and Business in INTO UEA. Her research interests, which arise from her development work in curriculum and teacher education mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, lie in the interplay of languages and literacies within different socio-cultural contexts both formal and informal. Her conference paper publications include : "People cannot be developed; they can only develop themselves" - transforming rural primary schools in the Eastern Cape, South Africa; Communication,  Literacies and Development and  Is a river living? Is there a role for indigenous knowledge in African national curricula? Email: L.Howard@uea.ac.uk


PhD students

Camilla Addey is a PhD student in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, now writing up her thesis on the role of international literacy assessments for policy in Laos and Mongolia. Her present research interests include PIAAC (Adult Literacy Survey) and the OECD's skills agenda, and PISA for Development. She coordinates the Laboratory of Research and Innovation in International Assessment.

Rafif Hakiem is a postgraduate research student in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. Her main interest is in the area of Spirituality and Sociology of Art. In her research she draws on participatory methods Art -based, particularly around the issue of Literacy in developing countries. Her other interest is in the gender studies.  

Fusheng Jia is currently a PhD research student in School of EDU with his research interests being adults' literacy, education and development and  research topic  "Continuing education and development: An ethnographic study of the young migrant workers in the Pearl River Delta of China." He had a variety of teaching and research experiences in China's universities, and has long been concerned about the historical phenomenon of the internal migration in China.
Eleni Konidari is a research student working on the provisional title of a thesis: "The journey to tertiary education: exploring the meanings and experiences of minority students in Western Thrace, Greece"
Ahmmardouh Mjaya is a PhD student in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. His interest is in adult literacy and development. His provisional research title is: Beyond Literacy Figures: Exploring Literacy Practices among the National Adult Literacy Programme Learners in Malawi.
Jo Nair is a visiting fellow in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, having graduated with a PhD in July 2015. Her research was an ethnographic case study exploration into the shifting and multiple understandings of development and of wellbeing held by the members of a rural hill community of Far West Nepal.
Hamissou Ousseini is a postgraduate research student within the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. His research focuses on possibilities and practicality of action research in developing countries, particularly within the teacher education program of Niger. Hamissou is also interested in issues of World Englishes and other democratic trends in education.

Demelash Zenebe Woldu is a PhD student in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, and his research focuses on "The Current Education System: Its Implication on the Construction of Cultural and Linguistic Identity of Minority Groups in Ethiopia". He has diverse professional experiences as a teacher and head teacher of primary and secondary schools, and manager and coordinator of development programs (mainly Non-formal Education, Girls' Education and Gender) in International NGOs and UNESCO in Ethiopia.