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Research interests

My research focuses on education, peace and conflict. It explores the ways that educational transformation might contribute towards peace by seeking to repair past injustices and the educational legacies of conflict and violence.

I focus on the relationships between education and transitional justice, education and memory production, and conduct research on education about difficult pasts, history education and peace education. I have worked for several years on education and truth commissions, conducting (with Michelle J. Bellino) a review of twenty truth commission final reports published between 1980 and 2015 and the ways that they engage with education. I also publish on knowledge production and the ethics of collaborative research in education in emergencies.

My current collaborative research projects include:

  • Education Justice and Memory Network (EDJAM): I lead this £2million Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funded network that explores creative approaches to teaching about past violence and injustice and their legacies inside and outside of classrooms. EdJAM works with civil society partners and research collaborators in 13 countries, commissioning research and working to understand the features of reparative pedagogies.

  • JustED: Education as and for Environmental, Epistemic and Transitional Justice to Enable Sustainable Development: This £1.4million GCRF project is led by Lizzi Milligan (University of Bath) and explores how educational policy, pedagogy and lived experiences enable (or not) understandings and enactments of forms of justice in collaboration with colleagues in Nepal, Peru and Uganda.
  • MEMPAZ: An Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)/Newton/Colciencias project led by Matthew Brown, Fabio Lopez de la Roche, Maria Teresa Pinto Ocampo and I, which works with grassroots partners in Colombia to connect creative community-based memory initiatives with national level transitional justice processes like the truth commission and education sector. 

  • Teaching peace in a charged landscape: A Spencer funded project led by Michelle J. Bellino (University of Michigan) which explores the ways in which Bogotá schools, teachers and students engage with peace education policy and displacement, including integrating children whose families arrived in Bogotá due to Colombia’s conflict or due to the crisis in Venezuela.

I am the editor of the books Education and Reconciliation (Bloomsbury, 2011) and Education, Conflict and Development (Symposium, 2011) as well author of journal articles and book chapters on the themes described above. I am a member of the Editorial Boards of Compare,  Research in International and Comparative Education and Global Social Challenges. I have done research consultancy work for ICTJ, INEE, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNEVOC and the World Bank.

In the School of Education at the University of Bristol, I was the first Director of Undergraduate Programmes as we introduced two new BSc courses. I am Co-Director of the Centre Comparative and International Research in Education and teach on the Masters in Policy and International Development and on our BSc in Education Studies and supervise doctoral researchers.


External positions

ESRC Peer Review College

Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E cubed) Advisory Panel

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • SoE Educational Futures Network
  • SoE Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education


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