CERII is the home of education research at Anglia Ruskin University. 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
For more information, contact Prof Marie-Pierre Moreau at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Dr Samson Maekele Tsegay is a Research Facilitator 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Ruth Sapsed is the Director of Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI), an arts and well-being charity that cultivates creative communities in Cambridgeshire and beyond.
Representing a network of artists, educators, researchers and professionals, we share a passion for how the arts can transform lives and a belief in the power of democratic forms of community activism. CCI projects involve people of all ages and backgrounds in order to open up spaces where difference, curiosity and imagination. Our practice enables everyone to flourish, participating as active citizens who can create and share new ideas and discover ways of being together both now and in the future.
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).
Dr Alison Greig is Director of Education for Sustainability at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr Catherine Lee is Deputy Dean for Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr Chrissy Mangafa is a Lecturer in Education at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr David Smith is a Reader in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. His interests include:
Professor Debbie Epstein is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr Elsa Lee is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr Emma Miles is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr Hazel Wright is a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr Jeannette Baxter is Research Convenor for English Literature at ARU. Her interests include:
John Parkin is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Primary Education at ARU. His interests include:
Dr Kay Aaronricks is the Deputy Head of School for Education in Chelmsford at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr Leanne Gray is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:
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:
Dr Nhlanganiso Nyathi is Principal Lecturer and Course Leader (Social Work) in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. His interests include:
Dr Nicola Walshe is the Head of School for Education and Social Care in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr Niki Sol is Senior Lecturer in Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr Paulette Luff is a course leader in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr Phil Kirkman is Associate Professor in Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. His interests include:
Dr Roxana Anghel is Senior Researcher and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:
Dr Sara Spear is Head of School of Management in ARU's Faculty of Business and Law. Her interests include:
Dr Sarah Wall is Senior Lecturer Practitioner in the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at ARU. Her interests include:
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.
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 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.
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.
In 2019, we launched the Policy Briefing paper series to provide specific guidelines and recommendations to policymakers in our areas of expertise. Each paper is informed by our recent research and designed in consultation with the relevant stakeholders.
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 email@example.com (EdD route) or firstname.lastname@example.org (PhD route) for more information.
We offer a stimulating and inclusive programme of research activities. Our activities include:
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