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

I am a political scientist , engaging in large and small multi-disciplinary research projects and collaborations combining the fields of: international development, education, 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 Economics and Political Science (2010-2014) and previously worked for the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (2007-2010).

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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 Peace
  • Education during Emergency Situations
  • Dissertation with Integrated Research Teaching

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