I work in the field of education and international development with a particular focus on indigenous rights, gender equality and social justice, language diversity and interculturalism, drawing on approaches from critical theory, post-structuralism and anthropology and human development. I have a background in both academic research and teaching have been a Lecturer in Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, University of London and also experience in development practice, having worked with a wide range of NGOs from community-based and regional federations of indigenous peoples in South America to international NGOs such as the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, Copenhagen, and Oxfam GB where I held the post of Global Education Policy Adviser prior to joining UEA and DEV in March 2008.

Academic Background

My PhD, from the Institute of Education, University of London, was in the field of education and international development and my doctoral thesis was an ethnographic study of Intercultural Education and Harakmbut language and Identity in the SE Peruvian Amazon. I have an MA from the Institute of Education in Education and International Development, an MA (hons) from the University of Edinburgh in Archaeology (with sociology and anthropology), and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) from the Lady Spencer Churchill College (now Oxford Brookes University). I have held a Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship with the National Academy of Education, USA.  In April 2018 I retired from teaching and am now a Research Associate in the School of International Development. 



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