Cluster for Education Research on Identities and Inequalities (CERII)

CERII is the home of education research at ARU. We are committed to developing research on education, identities and inequalities which contributes to knowledge formation and makes a difference to people’s lives and society at large.

Our activities are consistently underpinned by a dual concern for inclusion and excellence, yet are also diverse in terms of epistemological, theoretical and empirical foci. The cluster brings together our expertise in a range of topics related to identities and inequalities in education, including: gender, sexuality and care in education; sustainability in education; early childhood; arts, education and inclusion; critical pedagogies in education; and race, ethnicity and migration in education.

The aims of CERII are to

  • Foster the development of critical, novel and rigorous research in the field of education, identities and inequalities
  • Promote a research environment for staff, research students and partners which is intellectually vibrant and socially inclusive and encourages the development of research-led teaching
  • Critically and collaboratively engage with policies, practices and knowledge formation processes to generate social change through our programme of dissemination and impact activities.

For more information, contact Prof Marie-Pierre Moreau at marie-pierre.moreau@aru.ac.uk

Membership and governance

Director

Prof Marie-Pierre Moreau

marie-pierre.moreau@aru.ac.uk

Prof Marie-Pierre Moreau is Professor in Education and Education Research Lead in the School of Education and Social Care at ARU. A sociologist by training, her interests are located at the nexus of education, work and inequalities.

Her current research concentrates in two key areas: teachers' identities and careers, with specific reference to gender and the 'feminisation thesis’, and the relationship between care and academic work, with specific reference to the way students and academic staff with caring responsibilities are positioned in academic discourses.

She is the author or co-author of over 100 publications, including two monographs and two edited volumes. She is the editor of the Bloomsbury Gender and Education book series (with Prof. Penny Jane Burke, Newcastle, Australia and Prof. Nancy Niemi, Yale, USA). In 2014, she was appointed as an expert to the European Commission to provide advice on its policies and programmes in the fields of research, gender equality and education.

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Research Fellow

Dr Samson Maekele Tsegay

samson.tsegay@aru.ac.uk

Dr Samson Maekele Tsegay is a Research Fellow in the School of Education and Social Care at ARU. He was a program coordinator in the University of Asmara and the National Board for Higher Education in Eritrea for about ten years. Furthermore, he worked as a Visiting Lecturer at Beijing Normal University and University of Roehampton.

He is author or co-author of many book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests focus on comparative education, critical pedagogy, global citizenship education, migration and education, and internationalisation of higher education.

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Advisory Board

Alex Thorpe

alext@serpentinegalleries.org

Alex Thorpe is a curator and educator interested in the potential of the arts for social change. She brings together artists with people to generate collective actions in response to pressing social issues. Currently Education Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, she leads on collaborative programmes with children, young people and families, producing toolkits to share research more widely.

Alex was co-curator of Rights to the City? an international symposium of artists, organisations and practitioners that seeks to explore the place of social and political activity in art making and is currently co-editing a book reflecting on five years of Serpentine community-based projects. Between 2007 and 2014 Alex worked at Manchester Art Gallery developing programmes and spaces with children and families.

Amal Khalaf

amalk@serpentinegalleries.org

Amal Khalaf is a curator and artist, and currently Director of Programmes at Cubitt and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries where she has worked on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. Here and in other contexts she has commissioned and developed residencies, exhibitions, workshops and collaborative research projects at the intersection of arts and social justice.

Through Implicated Theatre (2011-2019) she has developed an arts and migrant justice program using Theatre of the Oppressed methodologies to create interventions, curricula and performances with ESOL teachers, hotel workers, domestic workers and other migrant justice organizers. The projects she commissions look to histories of radical pedagogy to create spaces to work collectively, developing a political practice beyond institutional frameworks.

She is a founding member of artist collective GCC, a trustee for not/no.w.here and Art Night and on the artistic committee for Arts Catalyst. In 2019 she curated Bahrain’s pavilion for Venice and in 2016 she co-directed the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai.

Prof Barbara Krystyna Pierscionek

barbara.pierscionek@aru.ac.uk

Prof Barbara Krystyna Pierscionek is the Deputy Dean (Research & Innovation) in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Barbara is a leading Vision and Eye researcher with expertise in optics, biochemistry, biomechanics, nanotechnology, cell biology and how these apply to the study of eye development, ageing and disease as well as to new technologies for sight improvement. She also has research interests in ethico-legal aspects of Big Data and emerging technologies.

Barbara graduated from Melbourne University in Australia with a PhD on the protein chemistry and optics of the eye lens and was awarded a prestigious NHMRC research fellow (MRC equivalent) shortly after graduating to start an independent research program on the optics of the eye. She was supported by the NHMRC at Monash University and La Trobe University before returning to the UK. She led the Vision Research group in Biomedical Science at Ulster University and worked as the Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing in Kingston University.

Subsequently Barbara held dual roles at Nottingham Trent University: Associate Dean Research in the School of Science and Technology and pan-Institutional Head of Health and Wellbeing. More recently Barbara led research in two Schools as Associate Dean Research in the School of Life Science and Education and in the School of Health and Social Care at Staffordshire University.

In addition to qualifications in science, Barbara has an MBA and legal degrees including an LLM in cybersecurity. She has also worked in the criminal justice system and as a lay judge in employment tribunals. Barbara has published over 150 peer reviewed papers, four book chapters and a book on law and ethics for the eye care practitioner.

Barbara’s research has been supported by a range of external funders including Research Councils in UK and Australia, British Council, EU (Framework 7 and Horizon 2020), Royal Society, industry and Japanese government. She currently has a prestigious doctoral training centre funded under the EU Marie Sklodowska Curie scheme that covers 15 doctoral trainee on the topic of optics and biomechanics of the eye.

Prof Catherine Lee

catherine.lee@aru.ac.uk

Prof Catherine Lee is Deputy Dean for Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. She has published extensively on the theme of LGBTQ+ inclusion and her articles have attracted national media interest.

Catherine works with teachers, school leaders, academics and students to promote diversity and inclusion in Education, and is a passionate advocate of authentic leadership. In 2019 she was named as one of the top 100 LGBTQ+ people in the UK in the Independent Newspaper’s Pride Power List, and in 2021 became a National Teaching Fellow for her work on inclusive education at ARU.

Jane Robinson

j.robinson@heartsacademy.uk

Jane Robinson has had a long and varied career in education. She began by teaching English & Drama in Inner City secondary schools in London. She was Head of Department from 1996 to 2003. She became a Local Authority Advisory Teachers for Gifted and Talented pupils for the London Borough of Newham from 2003-2010 and during that time she was seconded to London Gifted and Talented and also became a University Tutor for Canterbury University Christchurch. In 2010 she started at Gallions Primary School as a Senior Teacher, then went on to manage North Beckton Teaching School Alliance and New Wave Teaching School Alliance.

Jane is currently the Head of School for Hilltop Infants. In 2017 she became the Teaching Schools Council Regional Representative for the East of England & the Local Lead for North East London. Her other posts include: NPQML and SL facilitator for IOE and Best Practice Network (BPN), Professional Tutor and English Lead for School Centred Initial Teacher Training East London, Stonewall Champion Train the Trainer Facilitator, Subject Matter Expert for BPN and Associate Lecturer at ARU.

Dr Matt Lumb

matt.lumb@newcastle.edu.au

Dr Matt Lumb is Associate Director of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His work focuses on co-developing critical, praxis-based spaces that hold the possibility of challenging hegemonic methodologies constructing policies, practices and evaluative projects of equity and widening participation in higher education.

Matt has been involved in projects of equity research and practice in Higher Education for about ten years, coming to the work from a background in community development and high school teaching. His PhD explored the unintended consequences of a university outreach program he helped to conduct, including the pressure to produce evidence of impact and the worrying ways in which his own white, male, middle class values were shaping evaluative processes.

Prof Nicola Walshe

n.walshe@ucl.ac.uk

Prof Nicola Walshe is Head of the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education. Previously she gained a PhD in Glaciology and taught and worked as Head of Geography in three secondary schools in the UK before going on to lead the Geography PGCE course at Cambridge University. She then became Head of the School of Education and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University, where she had overarching responsibility for the leadership of education, research and knowledge exchange across both education and social work provision.

Nicola is Secretary of the Geography Education Research Collective (GEReCo) and co-convenor of the Environmental and Sustainability Education Research (ESER) network in the European Educational Research Association (EERA). Her research is predominantly in the field of geography education, with a particular focus on high quality teacher education practices in environmental and sustainability education and utilising technology for teacher development.

Recently, she has been exploring pedagogies at the intersection of nature, the arts and wellbeing; her AHRC-funded project, Eco-Capabilities, examines the processes by which creative, nature-based practice supports the wellbeing of primary school children.

Dr Phil Kirkman

phil.kirkman@aru.ac.uk

Dr Phil Kirkman is Associate Professor in Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU.

Dr Sarah Burch

sarah.burch@aru.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Burch is the Director of Research and Research Students in Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU.

Dr Sebastian Rasinger

sebastian.rasinger@aru.ac.uk

Dr Sebastian Rasinger is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and Deputy Head of School of Humanities at ARU. He is interested in bilingualism, migration, ethnic and cultural identities, and intercultural communication, as well as the representation of minority groups in public and media discourse, using methods derived from both corpus linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis.

He has recently edited (with Guido Rings) the multidisciplinary Cambridge Handbook of Intercultural Communication (2020, CUP) and is currently writing (also with Guido Rings) the Cambridge Introduction to Intercultural Communication (forthcoming, CUP).

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Members

Dr Alison Greig

alison.greig@aru.ac.uk

Dr Alison Greig is Director of Education for Sustainability at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Sustainability education
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Transformative learning
  • Systems thinking

Dr Adriana Sandu

adriana.sandu@aru.ac.uk

Dr Adriana Sandu is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Gender, migration, identity and belonging
  • Social justice/inequality
  • Health inequalities, public policy
  • Qualitative methodology with a focus on visual ethnography

Prof Catherine Lee

catherine.lee@aru.ac.uk

Prof Catherine Lee is Deputy Dean for Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Teacher education
  • LGBT teachers and LGBT leadership
  • Experiences of LGBT people in rural communities
  • Widening participation in Higher Education
  • Health and wellbeing

Chinenye Ubah

chinenye.ubah@aru.ac.uk

Chinenye Ubah is Lecturer in Adult Nursing in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Communication
  • Assessment confidence
  • Simulated learning
  • International nurses

Dr Chrissy Mangafa

mailto:magafa.chrysoula@gmail.com

Dr Chrissy Mangafa is an Associate Member of CERII. Her interests include:

  • The potential of mobile technologies in education
  • Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
  • Teachers' Continuing Professional Development
  • Participatory research in education
  • School transition and social mobility
  • Children's and teachers' wellbeing and resilience

Dr Cynthia Okpokiri

Dr Cynthia Okpokiri is an associate member of CERII. Her interests include:

  • Children, parenting and family dynamics
  • Social work practice education
  • Well-being, equality, and social justice
  • Migration, difference, and group dynamics
  • Alternative epistemologies, knowledges, and methodologies

Dr Daniela Mangione

daniela.mangione@aru.ac.uk

Dr Daniela Mangione is a Senior Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education and Course Leader of the FdA Early Years and Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Teaching and learning in higher education
  • Drama learning spaces for adults
  • Work-based learning as a teaching and learning practice
  • Professionalism in education
  • Outdoor education

Dr David Smith

david.smith1@aru.ac.uk

Dr David Smith is a Reader in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. His interests include:

  • Social inclusion and social policy
  • Health inequalities
  • BAME migrant populations
  • Gypsy, Roma and Travellers
  • Social theory

Prof Debbie Epstein

debbie.epstein@aru.ac.uk

Prof Debbie Epstein is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Social/feminist theory
  • In/equality: Sex/gender, class and racism
  • Southern Africa
  • Education

Prof Denise Hawkes

denise.hawkes@aru.ac.uk

Prof Denise Hawkes is Head of School of Economics, Finance and Law in the Faculty of Business and Law at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Economics of education
  • Labour economics
  • Education evaluation
  • Pay and progression gaps

Dr Elsa Lee

elsa.lee@aru.ac.uk

Dr Elsa Lee is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Environmental Sustainability Education
  • Education and environmental justice
  • Arts-based research methods
  • Ethnography
  • Place-based pedagogy
  • Nature connectedness
  • Global Citizenship
  • Posthumanism

Dr Emma Miles

emma.miles@aru.ac.uk

Dr Emma Miles is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Theatre for children
  • The pedagogy of arts and cultural experiences for children
  • Museum learning
  • Collaborative and arts-based qualitative methodological approaches

Dr Fanny Froehlich

fanny.froehlich@aru.ac.uk

Dr Fanny Froehlich is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Youth Co-Researcher in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Feminist research on social inequalities and identities
  • Social justice, social transformation and linkages to gendered social norms
  • Transnational and cross-cultural development policy and practice
  • Co-production of knowledge
  • Participatory feminist research methods

Dr Hazel Wright

hazel.wright@aru.ac.uk

Dr Hazel Wright is a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Life stories and narrative research
  • Women in society
  • Children, families and communities
  • Adult, higher and early childhood education
  • Diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Sustainability and the natural world

Irine Mano

irine.mano@aru.ac.uk

Irine Mano is Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Black/ migrant studies
  • Diversity inclusion and additional needs in social work practice
  • Practice learning in social work
  • Social justice and inequality
  • Black women in leadership positions

Dr Jeannette Baxter

jeannette.baxter@aru.ac.uk

Dr Jeannette Baxter is Research Convenor for English Literature at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Arts-based participatory action research with schools and community groups on issues of refugee migration and sanctuary seeking
  • Developing arts-based research methodologies for child researchers
  • Heritage recovery and preservation through creative practice and storytelling
  • Global citizenship education

Dr Joanna Fox

joanna.fox@aru.ac.uk

Dr Joanna Fox is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • The inclusion of lived experiences in mental health research and practice
  • Service user involvement in social work education
  • Supporting mental health in the workplace
  • Exploring first person narratives in mental health research
  • The role of family carers in mental health recovery

Dr Joanne Bowser-Angermann

joanne.bowser-angermann@aru.ac.uk

Dr Joanne Bowser-Angermann is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for ARU's BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies. Her interests include:

  • Effects of educational policy on teaching and learning, particularly in the FE sector
  • Student engagement and children’s motivation to learn
  • Parent-child separation in military families

John Parkin

john.parkin@aru.ac.uk

John Parkin is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Primary Education at ARU. His interests include:

  • Technology, computing and digital literacy
  • Misinformation/disinformation in education settings
  • Online safety in school contexts

Julia Carr

julia.carr@aru.ac.uk

Julia Carr is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Autism
  • Neurodiversity
  • Social justice
  • Critical disability studies

Dr Kay Aaronricks

kay.aaronricks@aru.ac.uk

Dr Kay Aaronricks is the Deputy Head of School for Education in Chelmsford at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Professional identity of the early years workforce
  • Continuous professional development in early years

Dr Leanne Gray

leanne.gray@aru.ac.uk

Dr Leanne Gray is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Early counting and primary mathematics
  • Early years education
  • Outdoor learning
  • Learners with English as an additional language in mathematics

Lucie Wheeler

lucie.wheeler@aru.ac.uk

Lucie Wheeler is Associate Lecturer and Research Assistant in the School of Education and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Alternative education
  • Child voice and participation
  • Early years education and development
  • Caring responsibilities and flexible working
  • Neuroeducation

Dr Mallika Kanyal

mallika.kanyal@aru.ac.uk

Dr Mallika Kanyal is a Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Children’s voice/participation in early years and primary education
  • Students' voice/participation in Higher Education
  • Participatory research methodology

Prof Margaret Greenfields

margaret.greenfields@aru.ac.uk

Margaret Greenfields is Professor of Social Policy in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Inclusive education, educational access, and widening participation
  • Gypsies, Travellers, Roma, Showmen and Boater communities
  • Innovative assessment regimes
  • Migrant and refugee education
  • LGBTQI+ young people and representation in education
  • Intersectional educational pedagogic practice
  • Educational outcomes of minoritised communities

Prof Nicola Walshe

n.walshe@ucl.ac.uk

Prof Nicola Walshe is an Associate Member of CERII. Her interests include:

  • Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE)
  • Arts-based pedagogies for ESEs
  • Arts-in-nature based practices and the impact on supporting children's wellbeing (Eco-Capabilities project)
  • The use of 360 degree video to support teacher development
  • Geography Education and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Dr Niki Sol

niki.sol@aru.ac.uk

Dr Niki Sol is Senior Lecturer in Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Identity negotiation in study abroad
  • Under-represented students in study abroad
  • Intercultural relations in Higher Education
  • Intersectionality and social justice in Higher Education

Dr Noa Lavi

noa.lavi@aru.ac.uk

Noa Lavi is Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Children, childhood and child development
  • Family relations
  • Teaching and learning
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Marginalized societies and school programs
  • The experience of aid and development initiatives

Dr Paulette Luff

paulette.luff@aru.ac.uk

Dr Paulette Luff is a course leader in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Early childhood pedagogy and practice
  • Arts
  • Sustainability
  • Home-based early learning

Dr Pauline Lane

pauline.lane@aru.ac.uk

Dr Pauline Lane is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Critical race and indigenous theories
  • Gypsy and Traveller communities
  • Refugees and migration
  • Equality
  • Human rights

Dr Phil Kirkman

phil.kirkman@aru.ac.uk

Dr Phil Kirkman is Associate Professor in Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. His interests include:

  • International leadership and development
  • Technology-mediated development
  • Professional knowledge and teacher development
  • Pedagogic discourse and educational inequalities

Dr Poppy Gibson

poppy.gibson@aru.ac.uk

Dr Poppy Gibson is a Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Children’s mental health
  • Supporting children with trauma
  • Animal therapy
  • Impact of social media on children’s wellbeing

Dr Rebecca Clarkson

rebecca.clarkson@aru.ac.uk

Dr Rebecca Clarkson is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Assessment theory and cultures
  • Policies of assessment and exam development
  • Teacher assessment
  • Moderation practices
  • Literacy

Dr Roxana Anghel

roxana.anghel@aru.ac.uk

Dr Roxana Anghel is a Senior Researcher and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Transition/liminality (leaving care, migration)
  • Street level bureaucrats, the gap policy-practice, and participatory solutions
  • The role of discourse in constructing marginalized identities
  • Pedagogy with an explicit orientation towards change and plural leadership
  • Education for sustainability

Ruth Platt

ruth.platt@aru.ac.uk

Ruth Platt is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner and Course Leader in the PGCE in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • The transition to primary school
  • Early years education
  • Belonging, identity and wellbeing in the classroom
  • Trainee and early career teacher identity and development

Dr Sara Spear

sara.spear@aru.ac.uk

Dr Sara Spear is Head of School of Management in ARU's Faculty of Business and Law. Her interests include:

  • Family-school relationships
  • Parental engagement
  • Physical activity
  • Primary schools
  • Special schools

Dr Sarah Burch

sarah.burch@aru.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Burch is the Director of Research and Research Students in Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Ageing and wellbeing
  • Ageing and social inclusion
  • Ageing and technology
  • Caregiving
  • Ageing and gender

Dr Sarah Wall

Dr Sarah Wall is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Supporting social, emotional and mental health in schools (particularly pupils with attachment difficulties)
  • Behavioural presentations in attachment, autism and pathological demand avoidance
  • The role of the Education Mental Health Practitioner
  • Widening participation in HE, for those on the autism spectrum

Dr Sebastian Rasinger

sebastian.rasinger@aru.ac.uk

Dr Sebastian Rasinger is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and Deputy Head of School of Humanities at ARU. His interests include:

  • Bilingualism, migration, ethnic and cultural identities
  • Intercultural communication
  • Representation of minority groups in public and media discourse

Stacy Randall

stacy.randall@aru.ac.uk

Stacy Randall is a Senior Lecturer and FdA Course Leader in the Early Childhood Studies in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:

  • Early years and education
  • Leadership
  • Safeguarding children in education
  • The Reggio approach and learning
  • Continuous Professional Development

Dr Steve Connolly

steve.connolly@aru.ac.uk

Dr Steve Connolly is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. His interests include:

  • Media education and media literacy
  • Curriculum and curriculum theory
  • Teacher education
  • Epistemologies of school subjects
  • Literacies
  • The teaching of writing
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Student Members

Amanda Anderson

aaa394@pgr.aru.ac.uk

Amanda Anderson is a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU.

Thesis: Ethnographies of environmental sustainability education providers

Supervisors: Dr Paulette Luff, Dr Elsa Lee and Prof Nicola Walshe

Folu Ajiboye

ab1981@pgr.aru.ac.uk

Folu Ajiboye is a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU.

Thesis: Teaching conceptions and teaching practice: the perspective of architectural lectures in Nigeria

Supervisors: Prof Marie-Pierre Moreau and Dr Adriana Sandu

Katie Reynolds

klr146@pgr.aru.ac.uk

Katie Reynolds is a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU.

Thesis: Exploring how LGBTQ teachers construct leadership within heteronormative and/or cisnormative cultures (working title)

Supervisors: Prof Catherine Lee, Prof Daragh McDermott

Sarah Terry

spt122@pgr.aru.ac.uk

Sarah Terry is a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU.

Thesis: A study of 5- and 6-year olds formation of a science identity and the role of science capital and gender in this experience

Supervisors: Prof Marie-Pierre Moreau and Dr Emma Miles

Valerie Freestone

vaf109@pgr.aru.ac.uk

Valerie Frestone is a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU.

Thesis: Can an understanding of the lived experience of Black African student mental health nurses help practice assessors to develop culturally-centred pedagogies? A phenomenological study

Supervisors: Dr Pauline Lane and Dr Cynthia Okpokiri

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Key research themes

Our research activity concentrates in three domains in which we have significant expertise and a critical mass of researchers. These are: social justice in education, education for sustainability, and early childhood. These areas are closely aligned with the research priority areas identified in the ARU’s Research and Innovation Strategy 2018-2022.

Social justice in education

Our research in this area encompasses a broad range of educational inequalities in schools, colleges and universities. Some of our recent research in this area looks at LGBT teachers negotiating heteronormative school cultures, gender issues in the teaching profession, and HE students and academics with caring responsibilities.

Our work in this area has attracted multiple awards and been funded by a broad range of funders including the European Commission, the DfE, the British Academy, Advance HE, the SRHE, Norfolk County Council, and European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

Social justice in education also represents a strong feature of our programme of research events. We run several events related to this theme every year, reflecting our deep commitment to engaging with practitioners, policymakers and the wider public.

Environmental and sustainability education

Environmental and sustainability education is another thriving area of research activity, with strong research connections, for example, with the European Educational Research Association Environmental and Sustainability Education Research Network.

Current work includes an AHRC-funded large-scale study of the link between art, outdoor learning and children’s wellbeing. We are also lead partners in the establishment of an ongoing network of individuals interested in sustainability in primary education, working with a group of 20 stakeholders across Cambridgeshire and London to explore how we can make a more sustained impact on environmental and sustainability education across our region.

Staff working under this stream regularly share their research at events attended by the wider public, including as part of the Festival of Ideas and the National Creativity and Wellbeing week.

Early childhood

We have expertise in the professional learning of early childhood practitioners; pedagogies and practice in early childhood education and care (with a current focus upon home-based childcare, outdoor learning and Montessori education); and the Rights of the Child. We have strong local, national and international research connections. In particular, we maintain some close relationships with education providers across the east and south east of England and internationally.

The work of the Early Childhood Research Group (ECRG) is central to our activities in this area. ECRG welcomes other international early childhood specialists from various parts of the world as visiting scholars who contribute to our research and teaching activities. ECRG maintains close links and organises annual research visits with Erasmus exchange partners, including the Universities of Bologna, Padua, Rome, Venice (Italy) and Sofia (Bulgaria). ECRG also runs an annual series of research seminars and summer writing groups for academic staff and postgraduate students.

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Research projects

Read more about research projects.

Policy briefing papers

Research degree programme

CERII welcomes applications from prospective doctoral students who are interested in developing research on education, identities and inequalities through our PhD or EdD route.

Particular areas of expertise within CERII include: gender, sexuality and care in education; sustainability in education; early childhood pedagogies and practice; children’s rights; arts, education and inclusion; critical pedagogies in education; and race, ethnicity and migration in education. Contact philip.howlett@aru.ac.uk (EdD route) or marie-pierre.moreau@aru.ac.uk (PhD route) for more information.

Events

Check the ARU community events listing for our upcoming events.

We offer a stimulating and inclusive programme of research activities. Our activities include:

  • An external seminar series. The Education Research Seminar Series was launched on 30 April 2019. Our seminars take place once a term and are open to all, including the wider public.
  • The Write It Now (WIN) workshops, launched on 13 February 2019. These workshops provide a space for colleagues and doctoral students who wish to discuss their work in progress in a critical but supportive environment.
  • A collective research mentoring group for all academic members, particularly Early Career Researchers. The group is currently run by Prof Debbie Epstein, Visiting Professor in CERII.
  • Regular events open to all, including book launches and national and international conferences.

Please contact Dr Samson Maekele Tsegay at samson.tsegay@aru.ac.uk if you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive information about our programme of events.

Key publications

2022

Alam J., Ashraf M. A., Tsegay S. M., Shabnam N., 2022. Early Childhood between a Rock and a Hard Place: Early Childhood Education and Students’ Disruption in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(8), 4486. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19084486

Green, B., Connolly, S., 2022. English teaching and media education: the (lost) legacies of Cultural Studies. Continuum Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. doi: 10.1080/10304312.2022.2053503

Lee, C., 2022. Coming out in the university workplace: a case study of LGBTQ + staff visibility. Higher Education. doi: 10.1007/s10734-022-00884-y

Mano, I., 2022. A scoping review to explore what is known about black African social work students who have additional support needs in England. Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 18(3), pp. 67-86.

Nyathi, N., 2022. A synthesis of contextual safeguarding and commonly used child safeguarding theoretical models and approaches. Journal of Children's Services. doi: 10.1108/JCS-02-2022-0008

Pardhan, S., Parkin, J., Trott, M., Driscoll, R., 2022. Risks of digital screen time and recommendations for mitigating adverse outcomes in children and adolescents. Journal of School Health. doi: 10.1111/josh.13170

Tsegay, S. M., Ashraf, M. A., Perveen, S., Zegergish, M. Z., 2022. Online Teaching during COVID-19 Pandemic: Teachers’ Experiences from a Chinese University. Sustainability, 14(1), p. 568. doi: 10.3390/su14010568

Walshe, N., Moula, Z., Lee, E., 2022. Eco-Capabilities as a Pathway to Wellbeing and Sustainability. Sustainability,14(6), 3582. doi: 10.3390/su14063582

2021

Ashraf, M., Cagliesi, G., Hawkes, D., Rab, M., 2021. Tackling the gender biases in higher education careers in Pakistan: potential online opportunities post COVID-19. Emerald Open Research, 3(13). doi: 10.35241/emeraldopenres.14256.1

Bodenhorn, B., Lee, E., 2021. What Animates Place for Children? A Comparative Analysis. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 12409. doi: 10.1111/aeq.12409

Anghel, R., 2021. From ‘the New Man’ to care‐leaver activists - Communist and contemporary discourses shaping 50 years of leaving care in Romania. Child & Family Social Work, 26(2), pp. 258-269. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12819

Ashraf, M. A., Tsegay, S. M., Meijia, Y., 2021. Blended learning for diverse classrooms: Qualitative experimental study with in-service teachers. Sage Open, 11(3), 21582440211030623. doi: 10.1177/21582440211030623

Ashraf, M. A., Tsegay, S. M., Ning, J., 2021. Teaching Global Citizenship in a Muslim-Majority Country: Perspectives of Teachers from the Religious, National, and International Education Sectors in Pakistan. Religions, 12(5), pp. 1-14. doi: 10.3390/rel12050348

Bodenhorn, B., Lee, E., 2021. What Animates Place for Children? A Comparative Analysis. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, pp. 1-18. doi: 10.1111/aeq.12409

Casa-Nova, M. J., Smith, D., 2021. Introduction: beyond nation states? Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 29(1), pp. 1-8. doi: 10.1080/14782804.2020.1815680

Connolly, S., 2021. The Changing Role of Media in the English Curriculum: Returning to Nowhere (Abingdon: Routledge). doi: 10.4324/9781003047308

Lane, P., Smith, D., 2021. Mid-term review-UK Roma national integration strategy: Roma at the intersection of ethnic-inclusive, post-racial and hyper-ethnic policies. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 29(1), pp. 73-83. doi: 10.1080/14782804.2019.1626226

Lee, C., 2021. How do male and female Headteachers evaluate their authenticity as school leaders? Management in Education, 0892020621999675. doi: 10.1177/0892020621999675

Lee, C., 2021. Inclusive relationships, sex and health education: Why the moral panic? Management in Education, 08920206211016453. doi: 10.1177/08920206211016453

Lee, C., 2021. Promoting diversity in university leadership: the argument for LGBTQ+ specific leadership programmes in higher education. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 25(3), pp. 91-99. doi: 10.1080/13603108.2021.1877205

Moreau, M. P., Galman, S. C., 2021. Writing/drawing care-based equity into practice: A research-and art-based collaboration about caring responsibilities in academia. Access: Critical explorations of equity in higher education, 9(1), pp. 40-52.

Moula, Z., Walshe, N., Lee, E., 2021. Making nature explicit in children’s drawings of wellbeing and happy spaces. Child Indicators Research, 14(4), pp. 1653-1675. doi: 10.1007/s12187-021-09811-6

Okpokiri, C., 2021. Parenting in fear: Child welfare micro strategies of Nigerian parents in Britain. The British Journal of Social Work, 51(2), pp. 427-444. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcaa205

Osaiyuwu, A., Burch, S., Sandu, A., 2021. Acceptance, obedience and resistance: Children's perceptions of street trading in Nigeria. Children & Society, 36(1), pp. 36-51. doi: 10.1111/chso.12482

Smith, D. M., Gillin, N., 2021. Filipino nurse migration to the UK: Understanding migration choices from an ontological security-seeking perspective. Social Science & Medicine, 276, 113881. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113881

Spear, S., Parkin, J., van Steen, T., Goodall, J., 2021. Fostering “parental participation in schooling”: primary school teachers’ insights from the COVID-19 school closures. Educational Review, pp. 1-20. doi: 10.1080/00131911.2021.2007054

Spear, S., Spotswood, F., Goodall, J. and Warren, S., 2021. Reimagining parental engagement in special schools–a practice theoretical approach. Educational Review, pp. 1-21. doi: 10.1080/00131911.2021.1874307

Spear, S., Tapp, A., Morey, Y., 2021. End of life choices and storytelling–exploring preferences and conflicts. Storytelling, Self, Society.

Spotswood, F., Wiltshire, G., Spear, S., Makris, A., 2021. Disrupting social marketing through a practice-oriented approach. RAUSP Management Journal, 56(3), pp. 334-347. doi: 10.1108/RAUSP-10-2020-0231

Thomason, M., Connolly, S., 2021. What Does Engagement Look Like in a Media Studies Classroom? Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 18(2), pp. 356-373.

Tsegay, S. M., 2021. A reflection on my academic journey: The struggle to shape my destiny. Access: Critical explorations of equity in higher education, 9(1), pp. 69-77.

Tsegay, S. M., 2021. Gender and Family Relations: Experiences of Highly Educated Eritrean Migrants in the UK. Global Social Welfare, pp. 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s40609-021-00217-4

Tsegay, S. M., 2021. Hope Springs Eternal: Exploring the Early Settlement Experiences of Highly Educated Eritrean Refugees in the UK. Journal of International Migration and Integration, pp. 1-21. doi: 10.1007/s12134-021-00883-5

Tsegay, S. M., 2021. Raising children in Exile: Experiences of highly educated Eritrean Migrants in the UK. International Studies in Sociology of Education, pp. 1-21. doi: 10.1080/09620214.2021.1930569

Wall, S., 2021. ‘A little whisper in the ear’: how developing relationships between pupils with attachment difficulties and key adults can improve the former’s social, emotional and behavioural skills and support inclusion. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 26(4), pp. 394-411. doi: 10.1080/13632752.2021.1979322

Kenway, J., Epstein, D., 2021. The Covid-19 conjuncture: rearticulating the school/home/work nexus. International Studies in Sociology of Education, pp. 1-26. doi: 10.1080/09620214.2021.1888145

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2020

Durrant, P., Brenchley, M., Clarkson, R., 2020. Syntactic development across genres in children’s writing: the case of adverbial clauses. Journal of Writing Research, 12(2), pp. 419-452.

Walshe, N., Lee, E., Smith, M. J., 2020. Supporting Children’s Well-being with Art in Nature: Artist Pedagogue Perceptions. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 14(1), pp. 98-112. doi: 10.1177/0973408220930708

Anghel, R., Grierson, J., 2020. Addressing needs in a liminal space: the citizen volunteer experience and decision-making in the unofficial Calais migrant camp–insights for social work. European Journal of Social Work, 23(3), pp. 486-499. doi: 10.1080/13691457.2019.1709158

Gillin, N., Smith, D., 2020. Overseas recruitment activities of NHS Trusts 2015–2018: Findings from FOI requests to 19 Acute NHS Trusts in England. Nursing Inquiry, 27(1), e12320. doi: 10.1111/nin.12320

Healy, G., Walshe, N., 2020. Real-world geographers and geography students using GIS: relevance, everyday applications and the development of geographical knowledge. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 29(2), pp. 178-196. doi: 10.1080/10382046.2019.1661125

Healy, G., Walshe, N., Dunphy, A., 2020. How is geography rendered visible as an object of concern in written lesson observation feedback? The Curriculum Journal, 31(1), pp. 7-26. doi: 10.1002/curj.1

Hughes, S., Burch, S., 2020. ‘I'm not just a number on a sheet, I’m a person’: Domiciliary care, self and getting older. Health & Social Care in the Community, 28(3), pp. 903-912. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12921

Kirkman, P., Brownhill, S., 2020. Refining professional knowing as a creative practice: towards a framework for Self-Reflective Shapes and a novel approach to reflection. Reflective Practice, 21(1), pp. 94-109. doi: 10.1080/14623943.2020.1712195

Mangione, D., Norton, L., 2020. Problematising the notion of ‘the excellent teacher’: daring to be vulnerable in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education, pp. 1-16. doi: 10.1080/13562517.2020.1812565

McCleeary, M., Sol, N., 2020. Moving through Autonomy toward Interdependence: A Framework for Examining Student Perceptions of Development in a Hybrid Model Study Abroad Program. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 32(3), pp. 99-125. doi: 10.36366/frontiers.v32i3.581

Moreau, M. P., 2020. A matter of time? Gender equality in the teaching profession through a cross-national comparative lens. Gender and Education, 32(6), pp. 820-837. doi: 10.1080/09540253.2018.1533918

Smith, D., Newton, P., Berlin, J., Barrett, S., 2020. A community approach to engaging Gypsy and Travellers in cancer services. Health Promotion International, 35(5), pp. 1094-1105. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daz103

Spear, S., Morey, Y., Van Steen, T., 2021. Academics’ perceptions and experiences of working with students with mental health problems: insights from across the UK higher education sector. Higher Education Research & Development, 40(5), pp. 1117-1130. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2020.1798887

van Breda, A. D., Munro, E. R., Gilligan, R., Anghel, R., Harder, A., Incarnato, M., Mann-Feder, V., Refaeli, T., Stohler, R., Storø, J., 2020. Extended care: Global dialogue on policy, practice and research. Children and Youth Services Review, 119, 105596. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105596

Walshe, N., Lee, E., Smith, M. J., 2020. Supporting children’s well-being with art in nature: Artist pedagogue perceptions. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 14(1), pp. 98-112. doi: 10.1177/0973408220930708

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2019

Hawkes, D., Grianza, A., 2019. A systematic literature review of economic benefits of doctorates in the UK. Work Based Learning e-Journal International, 8(2), pp. 1-27.

Lee, C., 2019. How do lesbian, gay and bisexual teachers experience UK rural school communities? Social Sciences, 8(9), pp. 1-14. doi: 10.3390/socsci8090249

Lee, C., 2019. Keeping Lily Safe: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Human-Animal Attachment during Adversity. Social Sciences, 8(7), pp. 1-14. doi: 10.3390/socsci8070217

Lee, C., 2019. Capturing the personal through the lens of the professional: The use of external data sources in autoethnography. Methodological Innovations, 12(1), 2059799119825576. doi: 10.1177/2059799119825576

Lee, C., 2019. Fifteen years on: the legacy of section 28 for LGBT+ teachers in English schools. Sex Education, 19(6), pp. 675-690. doi: 10.1080/14681811.2019.1585800

Herodotou, C., Hlosta, M., Boroowa, A., Rienties, B., Zdrahal, Z., Mangafa, C., 2019. Empowering online teachers through predictive learning analytics. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50(6), pp. 3064-3079. doi: 10.1111/bjet.12853

Newton, P., Smith, D., 2019. Learning from patients’ experiences: the case of Travellers and their experiences of using health services for skin complaints. British Journal of Dermatology, 180(6), pp. 1290-1291. doi: 10.1111/bjd.17913

Greenfields, M., Smith, D. M., 2019. “NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN”: Romany Gypsies, Travellers and their entwined historical relationships with London working-class communities. International Journal of Roma Studies, 1(1), pp. 5-34. doi: 10.17583/ijrs.2019.2957

Millan, M., Smith, D., 2019. A comparative sociology of Gypsy Traveller health in the UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(3), pp. 1-13. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16030379

Wall, K., Cassidy, C., Robinson, C., Hall, E., Beaton, M., Kanyal, M., Mitra, D., 2019. Look who’s talking: Factors for considering the facilitation of very young children’s voices. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 17(4), pp. 263-278. doi: 10.1177/1476718X19875767

Henderson, E. F., Moreau, M. P., 2020. Carefree conferences? Academics with caring responsibilities performing mobile academic subjectivities. Gender and Education, 32(1), pp. 70-85. doi: 10.1080/09540253.2019.1685654

Moreau, M. P., Robertson, M., 2019. ‘You Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours’? Support to Academics Who Are Carers in Higher Education. Social Sciences, 8(6), pp. 1-12. doi: 10.3390/socsci8060164

Moreau, M. P., 2019. Teachers, gender and the feminisation debate (Abingdon: Routledge). doi: 10.4324/9781315201436

Nyathi, N., 2018. Child protection decision-making: social workers’ perceptions. Journal of Social Work Practice, 32(2), pp. 189-203. doi: 10.1080/02650533.2018.1448768

Walshe, N., Tait, V., 2019. Making connections: a conference approach to developing transformative environmental and sustainability education within initial teacher education. Environmental Education Research, 25(12), pp. 1731-1750. doi: 10.1080/13504622.2019.1677858

Walshe, N., Driver, P., 2019. Developing reflective trainee teacher practice with 360-degree video. Teaching and Teacher Education, 78, pp. 97-105. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2018.11.009

Frezghi, T. G., Tsegay, S. M., 2019. Internationalisation of higher education in China: A critical analysis. Social Change, 49(4), pp. 643-658. doi: 10.1177/0049085719886693

Spotswood, F., Wiltshire, G., Spear, S., Morey, Y., Harris, J., 2021. A practice theory approach to primary school physical activity: opportunities and challenges for intervention. Critical Public Health, 31(4), pp. 392-403. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2019.1695746

Hodges, K., Burch, S., 2019. Multiple and Intersecting Experiences of Women in Prostitution: Improving Access to Helping Services. Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence, 4(2), pp. 1-22. doi: 10.23860/dignity.2019.04.02.03

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2018

Hawkes, D., Yerrabati, S., Taylor, S. J., 2018. The EdD at 20: Lessons learned from professional doctorates. London Review of Education, 16(1), pp. 1-3. doi: 10.18546/LRE.16.1.01

Hawkes, D., Yerrabati, S., 2018. A systematic review of research on professional doctorates. London Review of Education, 16(1), pp. 10-27. doi: 10.18546/LRE.16.1.03

Asztalos Morell, I., Greenfields, M., Smith, D. M., 2018. Governing underprivileged Roma migrations within the EU: Receiving country responses and Roma resilience. Local Economy, 33(2), pp. 123-126. doi: 10.1177/0269094218767329

Berlin, J., Smith, D., Newton, P., 2018. “It's because it's cancer, not because you're a Traveller” - exploring lay understanding of cancer in English Romany Gypsy and Irish Traveller communities. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 34, pp. 49-54. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2018.02.010

Burch, S., Preston, C., Bateup, S., 2018. True technology-enabled mental health care: trust, agency and ageing. Mhealth, 4(30), pp. 1-3. doi: 10.21037/mhealth.2018.08.02

Donley, T., King, D. M., Nyathi, N., Okafor, A., Mbizo, J., 2018. Socioeconomic status, family functioning and delayed care among children with special needs. Social Work in Public Health, 33(6), pp. 366-381. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2018.1504703

Luff, P., 2018. Early childhood education for sustainability: origins and inspirations in the work of John Dewey. Education, 3-13, 46(4), pp. 447-455. doi: 10.1080/03004279.2018.1445484

Miles, E., 2018. Bus journeys, sandwiches and play: young children and the theatre event. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 23(1), pp. 20-39. doi: 10.1080/13569783.2017.1396889

Nyathi, N., 2018. Child protection decision-making: social workers’ perceptions. Journal of Social Work Practice, 32(2), pp. 189-203. doi: 10.1080/02650533.2018.1448768

Preston, C., Burch, S., 2018. Dementia buddying as a vehicle for person-centred care? The performance of a volunteer-led pilot on two hospital wards. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 23(3), pp. 139-147. doi: 10.1177/1355819618767944

Smith, D., 2018. Roma migration, anti-migrant sentiment and social integration: A case study in South-east England. Local Economy, 33(2), pp. 187-206. doi: 10.1177/0269094218766456

Tsegay, S. M., Zegergish, M. Z., Ashraf, M. A., 2018. Pedagogical practices and students’ experiences in Eritrean higher education institutions. Higher Education for the Future, 5(1), pp. 89-103. doi: 10.1177/2347631117738653

Tsegay, S. M., Zegergish, M. Z., Ashraf, M.A., 2018. Socio-cultural adjustment experiences of international students in Chinese higher education institutions. Millennial Asia, 9(2), pp. 183-202. doi: 10.1177/0976399618786342

Kenway, J., Fahey, J., Epstein, D., Koh, A., McCarthy, C., Rizvi, F., 2018. Multi‐sited Global Ethnography and Elite Schools: A Methodological Entrée. In: Beach, D., Bagley, C., Marques Da Silva, S. (Eds.), 2018. The Wiley Handbook of Ethnography of Education (New Jersey: Wiley), pp. 423-442. doi: 10.1002/9781118933732.ch18

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