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Dr Simone Datzberger
Room 829b
Bedford Way 20
London
WC1H0AL
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Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

I am a political scientist by training, engaging in large and small multi-disciplinary research projects and collaborations combining the fields of: international development, education, political science, peace and conflict studies, African studies, and recently also public health. Since 2018 my research mainly focuses on violence against children and youth from an interdisciplinary angle.

I currently act as a senior (qualitative) lead researcher for CoVAC (Contexts of Violence in Adolescence Cohort Study). I am also the PI of a pilot study VACCC (How does Violence against Children intersect with Climate Change?).


I am the Co-Programme Leader for the MA: Education and International Development.


Before I joined the UCL, I was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (2016-2018). From 2014-2016, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the UNESCO-Centre (Ulster University), where I was part of a research consortium on education and peacebuilding in partnership with UNICEF. I obtained my PhD from the London School of Political Science (2010-2014) and previously worked for the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (2007-2010).

Research Summary


My research revolves around the following themes:


  • The politics of education in low-income and conflict-affected contexts
  • The interplay of education, gender and political agency
  • Gender, violence and education
  • Violence against children and youth
  • Civil society & political and social agency in conflict affected contexts


Across these themes I have a strong focus on sub-Saharan Africa (predominately Uganda and Sierra Leone). Occasionally, I also conduct research on countries outside that region.

Teaching Summary

I am the MA Module Leader for:

  • African Studies and Education


I also teach in the MA Modules:

  • Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
  • Gender, Education and Development
  • Education, Conflict and Fragility
  • Education during Emergency Situations
  • Dissertation with Integrated Research Teaching

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