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Personal profile

Biography

I am currently Research Associate with the UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation for the UKRI/GCRF-funded project on Family Literacy, Indigenous Learning and Sustainable Development. I am also Lead Researcher for the commissioned UNV State of the World's Volunteerism Report 2022 coordinating case study research in South and Central Asia, East and West Africa, the Middle East and Latin America and the Carribbean. I recently finished my PhD in education and development exploring the learning and literacy dimension of local volunteering in the Philippines - funded by the UEA UNESCO Chair studentship. I am currently Chair of the British Association for Literacy in Development (BALID) - where I coordinate research on the impact of COVID-19 on Adult Learning and Education (ALE) programmes in Afghanistan, the Philippines and the UK (2020-2021).

I have a joint MA in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management from the Danish School of Education, University of Deusto and UCL Institute of Education where I was a recipient of an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.

I have over 5 years of experience as a professional and volunteer in the Philippine education and development sectors. I worked as a university teacher, a students’ retention specialist, a programme officer for an early grades literacy project of Save the Children Philippines and a volunteer and founder of various community engagement and youth formation programmes. I was also a former intern at the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL) under their research on “Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning”.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

In general terms, my research interests sit at the intersection of adult learning/literacies and international development. I research participation of marginalised communities, for instance, through volunteering and social activism, (particularly in Global South contexts) and how such processes cultivate and/or confine members' learning processes and personal transformation. I employ ethnographic, participatory and participatory action research methods.

Teaching Interests

I have taught at undegraduate and postgraduate levels as lecturer, seminar leader and lead tutor both at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning and the School of Interanational Development. I contribute to the following modules:

  • Global and Digital Perspectives in Education (EDU)
  • Introduction to Development Studies (DEV)
  • Academic Skills Programme for Postgraduate Taught Students (Lead Tutor at DEV)
  • Gender, Diversity and Social Inclusion (DEV)
  • Development in Practice (DEV)

I also work part-time as a research supervisor at the University of Glasgow for its MSc in Education for Sustainable Futures in Adult, Community & Youth Contexts.

External positions

Chair, British Association for Literacy in Development

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