Principal Investigator | University College London
Tristan McCowan is Professor of International Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. His work focuses on higher education and international development, particularly in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, including issues of access, quality, innovation and impact. His latest book is Higher Education for and beyond the Sustainable Development Goals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), and he is editor of Compare – a Journal of International and Comparative Education. He is the principal investigator for the Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate research project.
Co-Investigator, WP1 | University College London
Caine Rolleston is Associate Professor in Education and International Development at UCL Institute of Education. He has worked on education and international development in a range of countries including Ghana, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Peru, India and Sri Lanka, and is currently Senior Education Associate for the Young Lives comparative international study of childhood poverty, based at the University of Oxford. For Young Lives, he leads the development of school surveys and research on school effectiveness. His research interests include issues in the economics of education in developing countries, educational access and equity, privatisation, learning metrics and trajectories, longitudinal studies in education and development, cognitive and non-cognitive skills development and survey design.
Alexandre Apsan Frediani
Co-Investigator, WP2 | University College London
Dr Alexandre Apsan Frediani is a Principal Researcher at the Human Settlements Group of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Alexandre specialises on issues around human development in cities of the global South. Alexandre’s work explores participatory approaches to planning and design of interventions in informal settlements in cities in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also been conducting research and development projects focusing on the role of knowledge production and translation in advancing a more socially and environmentally just urban development. In his most recent research initiatives, Alexandre is a co-investigator for the research projects Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality and Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate. Alexandre is an expert affiliate of Architecture Sans Frontières-UK, and he is part of the boards of Habitat International Coalition and the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre.
Co-Investigator, WP4 | University College London
Brad Blitz is Professor of International Politics and Policy at the UCL Institute of Education and until June 2019 was Director of the British Academy/DFID Programme on Modern Slavery. His research focuses on displacement, governance and human rights. He is the author of Migration and Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship and Exclusion and recently acted as Principal Investigator for the ESRC-DFID project EVI-MED on refugee reception systems in the Mediterranean and EU project INFORM on access to legal and procedural information for asylum-seekers. He is also Co-Investigator on a £15 million ‘hub’ on Gender, Justice and Security, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF); and Co-Investigator of a new GCRF Cluster project, Life After Deportation, a study of refused and current asylum-seekers returned to Mexico and Guatemala from the USA.
Co-Investigator | University College London
Dr Kaori Kitagawa is a Lecturer at the Institute of Education, University College London. Her research interests have been learning outside of formal education systems, with an application of comparative perspectives. She is currently focused on disaster preparedness, particularly concerning community engagement and participatory approaches. She considers preparedness activities as learning, applying pedagogical perspectives. She is working on three interdisciplinary funded projects, all of which address community engagement.
Research Fellow | University College London
Dr Charlotte Nussey is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Education, University College London. Her research focuses on education and intersecting inequalities, particularly around gender, climate and violence, and through qualitative research. She has worked as a consultant on a range of education and international development projects, most recently including participatory research into sustainable development in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Zambia. Her most recent publication focuses on the relationship between structural inequalities and discourses around educational exclusion, published in the journal Oxford Development Studies.
Lorena Sánchez Tyson
Researcher Assistant | University College London
Lorena Sánchez Tyson is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Education, University College London and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). Her doctoral research explores the role and meaning of literacy in the context of an Indigenous language education programme for adults in Mexico. She has previously worked in the area of Policy and Strategy at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and in programme management for two NGOs in the United States. Recent publications include an edited special issue for the London Review of Education as well as articles in the journals Changing English, The Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning and Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.
Research Assistant | University College London
Lucy Page is a MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development student at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London. She is currently undertaking research on the relationship between education, wellbeing and climate vulnerability in Ladakh, India. Prior to her MA, Lucy graduated from the University of Warwick with a BASc in Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development.
Research Assistant | University College London
Rachel Gee is a Research Assistant at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London. She is currently working towards an MA in Education, Gender and International Development. Alongside her studies she works as a freelance writer and content director. Recent work includes articles focusing on technology and sustainability, along with a content project for Business Alliance Against Malaria.
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