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Dr Laila Kadiwal
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom
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  • Lecturer in Education and International Development
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

Laila Kadiwal is a Lecturer in Education and International Development at the UCL Institute of Education. 

Dr Kadiwal works on the intersections of identity and education in conflict-affected settings. She has researched in India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and the UK. Dr Kadiwal has specialist interests in the role of education in Muslim contexts. 

Dr Kadiwal also co-directs Best Foot Music (https://www.bestfootmusic.net/), an intercultural music and arts organisation. It connects refugee and marginalised musicians with extensive music networks and communities in the UK. 

Dr Kadiwal was awarded her DPhil at the University of Sussex. She received MSc Higher Education from the University of Oxford. Dr Kadiwal has also studied the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities offered in collaboration between SOAS University of London and the Institute of Ismaili Studies (London).

Research Summary

Dr Kadiwal's research focuses on exploring the relationship between education, nation-state and identity in a variety of contexts including India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and the UAE. Most of her research projects apply an interdisciplinary approach. She has used a variety of research methods such as semi-structured in-depth interviews, participatory approaches, classroom observations, narratives, multi-media texts, photographs, visual representations, and conceptual and textual analysis.


Areas of specialisation

·       nationality, citizenship, identity;

·       education, post-conflict, peacebuilding

·       teachers, youth, educational policy

·       inequities, social justice, international development 

·       qualitative and participatory research methods

Teaching Summary

Dr Kadiwal is a module leader for two MA modules: 'Education and Development in Asia' and 'Education in Muslim Communities'. She also leads the BA module on 'Religion, Education and State: Historical and contemporary perspectives'.

Dr Kadiwal also teaches on several BA and MA courses in Education and International Development at UCL:  

  1. Education and International Development: Concepts, theories and issues 
  2. Education and Development in Asia 
  3. Education in Muslim Communities 
  4. Education, Conflict and Fragility 
  5. Education and Development in Asia 
  6. Minorities, Refugees, and Migrants in National Education Systems 
  7. The Teacher in Policy and Research 


Dr Kadiwal is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Sussex, University of Brighton, King’s College and Institute of Education, and in universities abroad. International experience includes teaching at: Soderton University, Sweden and Beijing Normal University in the Peoples’ Republic of China.

Prior to moving to the UK, Dr Kadiwal has taught for nearly 12 years in India in both rural and urban areas. 

To date, Dr Kadiwal has supervised at least 400+ master’s students and nearly 150 undergraduate students from at least 46 different countries.


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