Biography

Anna Robinson-Pant is Professor of Education at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, and holds the UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation (https://www.uea.ac.uk/education/research/areas/literacy-and-development/unesco-chair).  She began her career in Nepal, working in adult literacy and development with a range of NGO and Government programmes. Her ethnographic research in Nepal - Why eat green cucumber at the time of dying? Exploring the link between women’s literacy and development - received the UNESCO International Award for Literacy Research in 2001. She has since collaborated with UNESCO and other international development agencies on research and policy initiatives in the Global South. Within UK higher education, she has been active in developing methodological approaches to researching across languages and cultures, and received the BMW Group Award for Intercultural Learning (Theory Category) 2007 for her contribution to this field. Her current research focuses on adult literacy, gender and sustainable development; the geopolitics of academic writing and the internationalisation of higher education. In recognition of her research in international education, she was invited to be President of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE) for 2018-19.  As former editor of the journal Compare, she set up the BAICE/Compare Writing for Publication Programme and is still developing this initiative in new directions.  She is a trustee of the UK Forum for International Education and Training and serves on the editorial boards for Compare, International Journal of Educational Development and Studies in the Education of Adults.  

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