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Focus of our research

Global Education and Society is researching contextualised and comprehensive internationalised education that enables a local-global perspective on teaching and learning practices, strategies, pedagogies, and policies, importantly including universities’ connected engagement with society (Hudzik, 2011).

We recognise the importance of cultural humility, co-creation, equity, and creativity in partnership work for mutual understanding and promotion of mutual learning which requires reflecting on our practices, positionalities, situatedness and concerns.

Our values include being aspirational, inclusive, and ethical.

Drawing on our research plans, we aim to embed impact throughout our work, that is: 

  • Enriching: research that serves to influence education practices, cultural enrichment, quality of life and wellbeing; improving educational experiences, equalities, and inclusion for diverse and marginalised communities. 
  • Conceptual: transforming evidence-based policy in practice and influencing practitioners and professional practice, contributing to increasing public awareness and understanding of social and cultural educational issues. 
  • Influential: contributing towards evidence-based educational policy making and influencing public policies at a local, national, and international level, supporting positive change within organisational cultures and educational practices.

If you wish to find out more about this theme, please get in contact with Professor Katherine Wimpenny.

Our research has three distinct clusters:

Key researchers

Name Title Email
Professor Katherine Wimpenny Theme Lead
Dr Dimitar Angelov Assistant Professor
Dr Farzana Aslam Associate
Dr QueAnh Dang Assistant Professor
Dr Alun DeWinter Research Fellow
Dr Virginia King Research Fellow
Dr Luca Morini Assistant Professor
Professor Marina Orsini Professor
Ken Fero Assistant Professor

Project spotlight

The interest of our research goes beyond the influence of the classroom to consider a diversity of learning spaces which interweave to impact on educational opportunities and outcomes.

Current projects

Project partners from Walter Sisulu, Stellenbosch, and Coventry University

British Council UK-SA Project

In collaboration with Walter Sisulu University and Stellenbosch University, this project focuses on enhancing staff doctoral capacity training and expertise for underrepresented groups in South Africa.

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UK-SEA Partnerships and Exchanges Baseline Research (UK-SEA PEER)

Developing a greater understanding of policies, practices, emerging priorities and concepts of higher education internationalisation in the UK and East Asia.

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Transforming curricula in South Africa through internationalisation and virtual exchange.

Archive projects

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Enhancing Engineering Education Project

Enhancing staff capacity building for knowledge exchange in engineering education, with Walter Sisulu University and University of Stellenbosch.

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Offering virtual innovative teaching and learning opportunities to university students and marginalised groups in Jordan.

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Teaching educators how to produce digitally-supported learning experiences, with a focus on fostering collaborative learning and enhanced student engagement.

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Exploring intercultural learning through open education practices across the Mediterranean.

PhD opportunities

Our research team represents colleagues from across diverse disciplines with a united focus on education. Our collective research areas consider issues of the local and the global; digital, face2face, blended formal and informal learning; social justice frameworks; (inter-cross and trans) disciplinarity; cultural diversity; peace education; planetary citizenship; and policies and practical implications for education reform.

We invite self-funded or sponsored applications in the following areas:

  • International curriculum transformation, bringing together comprehensive internationalisation at the interface of decolonisation of education practices [inc. decolonising epistemologies, methodologies, spaces; examining coloniality in educational practice].
  • Digital learning ecologies; the impact of digital technologies on education; examining and reimagining educational spaces including Third Space learning and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).
  • Global (graduate) citizenship education facilitated by higher education, not only focused on students and staff, but involving broader societal stakeholders
  • Collaborative transnational pedagogies and research methodologies including co-design and co-creation.
  • The “Post-pandemic University” with focus on academic/professional staff experiences, particularly those newly recruited during the pandemic, and those initiating doctoral study during the pandemic with pre-existing academic/professional roles.
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