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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.

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 Hakiem is a visiting fellow in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, having graduated with a PhD in 2016. Her research addressed the area of art and Islamic aesthetics within Saudi education and society, also demonstrating how the use of participatory visual art based methods can shape research questions and thesis in ways one may not have initially considered. She is interested in the dynamics of gender as well as adult literacy and plans to continue to 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.   

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

 

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"

 

Gina Lontoc is a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines and a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia where she completed her PhD. Her doctoral research focused on English as a Second Language (ESL) writing and identity. Her other research interests include second language acquisition, language teaching and assessment, visual participatory methods, inclusive education and gender mainstreaming. Her involvement in the education of young people from marginalised communities motivated her to explore issues of gender inequalities in education, internal displacement, sustainable livelihoods and indigenous peoples' education and community participation.

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)

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Hang Thi Thu Nguyen is a PhD research student in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. Her research focuses on EFL pre-service teachers’ process of learning to teach in the practicum. Besides being an EFL teacher trainer, Hang had experience working in several education projects for UNESCO Vietnam. She is interested in the field of Education for Sustainable Development, particularly education for the disadvantaged and/or the marginalized.

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.