Professor Keri Facer

B.A.(Cantab.), M.Litt.(Strath.), D.Phil(Bristol)

  • BS8 1JA

  • School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square

    BS8 1JA Bristol

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

My overarching research interest is in understanding how to create the conditions for ecologically sustainable and socially just futures and in developing the roles of education and informal learning in these processes. I am particularly interested in developing more democratic, critical and participatory processes for imagining and negotiating routes to sustainable futures.

My public work is focused on supporting Unesco's Futures of Education Commission and developing inclusive Futures practice. As Editor in Chief of the Journal Futures I am also particularly interested in developing the field of 'futures literacy', and putting this into productive dialogue with ideas and practices drawing on critical race theory and decolonisation theory. My empirical research is usually collaborative and covers a number of futures-oriented areas: at present, this includes work on elite discourses of the future in relation to climate change and broader sustainability goals; developing new educational practices in universities and schools that respond to fundamentally new ideas of the human as interdependent with the planet and with the tools we are developing; and continuing my long-standing work on the role of technology in educational futures thinking and practice. My theoretical focus at present, is on questions of time in education and research methods, looking at how developing more critical and reflexive understanding of time and temporality can open up new educational and research practices.

My research draws on ethnographic, design, discourse analysis, creative and participatory approaches and is informed by traditions from anthropology, sociology, literature and cultural studies. This diversity of approaches is essential to understanding the interactions between discourses of futures, the sociomateriality of everyday practice and longstanding questions of justice. I welcome applications for PhD study from students interested in taking creative, critical and reflexive approaches to their work, in any area that relates to educational futures, climate justice, social justice and educational change. In particular, I welcome applications in relation to:

  • Education and Climate Change
  • University futures - in particular the 'civic university' and changing university-public relationships to address change
  • Informal learning and learning cities
  • Engaged and co-produced research - in particular critical reflections on these methods in terms of their implications for research quality and enabling wider social change
  • Digital Cultures - I am interested in the role of the digital as a potential impediment and resource in facilitating adaptive responses to environmental change

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • WUNeducation
  • Urban Research Cluster
  • Cabot Institute City Futures Research

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