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Tristan McCowan

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.

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Caine Rolleston

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.

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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.

Brad Blitz

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.

Kaori Kitagawa

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.

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Charlotte Nussey

Research Associate | University College London 

Dr Charlotte Nussey is a Research Associate at the Institute of Education, University College London. Her doctorate focused on the interconnections in rural South Africa between education, gender and violence in the context of 'integrated and indivisible' approaches to the Sustainable Development Goals. 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.

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