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Group co-ordinators

Anna Robinson-Pant is Professor of Education at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning and holds the UNESCO Chair for Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation.  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). She continues 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. Email A.Robinson-pant@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

Dr Catherine Jere is a Lecturer in Education and Development at the School of International Development. Her research interests centre on exploring how institutional and social barriers to education in developing country contexts are challenged and disrupted. She specialises in mixed-methods designs, participatory and transformative approaches to research. Her work includes non-formal approaches to youth literacy and skills development, inclusion and gender equality, and educational access and learning in communities impacted by HIV/AIDS. She has carried out research in Sub-Saharan Africa, living and working in Malawi for over a decade. Prior to joining UEA she was a researcher with the UNESCO flagship publication, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report. Email C.Jere@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

Alan Rogers is a Visiting Professor in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. He is engaged in a number of studies of adult literacy programmes in Africa in association with academics in a number of African universities and with others in Iran and elsewhere. His work on skills development with literacy continues with a major project in Tanzania, and he is editing with a number of other people a volume on numeracy as social practice.


Other members

Nalini Boodhoo Professor Nalini Boodhoo is a Senior Lecturer 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

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

Rafif A.D Hakiem is an Assistant Professor at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia and Visiting Fellow in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, having graduated with a PhD in 2017. Her research addressed the area of art and Islamic aesthetics within Saudi Higher Education and society, specifically critiquing the phenomenon of academic accreditation. It also demonstrates how the use of participatory visual art based methods can shape research questions and theses in ways one may not have initially considered. She is interedted in the dynamics of gender as well as adult literacy and she continues research within this area. This work may be considered within the context of contributing to Saudi education (and potentially more broadly to society) within the framework of gender and education.  Email: R.Hakim@uea.ac.uk 

Lindsay Howard is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. She has several years’ working with inquiry-based, participatory curriculum and teacher education programmes in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the Caribbean and Hong Kong.  Her main research interest is the impact of educational globalisation on the transfer of knowledge, skills and values across international and therefore cultural borders. This has raised specific interest in indigenous knowledge, skills and values, English as a medium of instruction and the rural-urban resource divide in SSA. She is currently exploring whether messages communicated via visual images vary in interpretation in different linguistic/cultural communities.  Email: L.Howard@uea.ac.uk

In Cheol Jang is a postgraduate researcher in the School of International Development. His research interests of doctoral degree centre on education and development associated with Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In particular, the research focuses on an implementation of ICT in teaching practices from teacher professional development to actual classroom teaching in Ethiopian secondary education. Moreover, it explores roles of international organisations and Chinese private companies which support Ethiopian education and ICT. With regard to work experience, he used to work for the Korean government aid agency, Korea University (teaching and research assistant), and Addis Ababa University (graduate researcher).

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"

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).

Claire Meade (National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education)


PhD students

Burcu Evren graduated with a Master's Degree in Turkey, where she worked as a volunteer teacher, tutor, lecturer and conducted a research project (and published several papers). She recently graduated from University of East Anglia with an MA in Adult Literacy, Lifelong Learning and Development:International Perspectives. Her dissertation research, "Transformation Beyond Livelihood" was about women’s empowerment in a women cooperative in Philippines. In her current PhD research, she wants to explore prison literacy and women’s empowerment, to investigate how literacy programmes empower women prisoners' lives in Turkey.

Christopher Millora is currently a PhD researcher at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning and a recipient of the UNESCO Chair PhD studentship in adult literacy and learning for social transformation. His proposed doctoral study will explore the learning dimension of volunteerism  through ethnographic research on the adult learning practices in volunteer work participated by marginalized youths and adults in the Philippines. Prior to this, he had over 5 years of experience as a professional and volunteer in the Philippine education and development sectors. He is further interested in understanding social processes of marginalized communities that may cultivate or confine the members' learning experiences and personal transformation.