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Dr Tejendra Pherali
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
  • Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

Originally from Nepal, I studied in Australia, Nepal, the United Kingdom, the United States  and worked in the development sector before starting my career in higher education. I was a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at Liverpool John Moores University for 6 years before moving to UCL Institute of Education. I was the Programme Leader for the MA in Education and International Development (2013-2016) and have developed research and teaching programmes in the field of education, conflict and international development at the Centre for Education and International Development. I enjoy teaching and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. 

Research Summary

My research, teaching and consultancy focus mainly on interactions between education and conflict and post-conflict peacebuilding in fragile environments. I am broadly interested in critical debates on international development with a particular focus on education in emergencies, post-conflict educational reforms, the role of education in peacebuilding, political movements and social change, political economy of education and critical pedagogies. 

I lead the 'Education, Conflict and Peacebuilding' research theme within the Centre for Education and International Development. My research focuses on education, conflict and international development in various conflict-affected contexts including, Afghanistan, Nepal, Lebanon and Somaliland/ Somalia. I am the Principal Investigator for a research project that explores the role of higher education in peacebuilding and social transformation in Somalia/ Somaliland and also a Co-Investigator in the GCRF-funded RELIEF (Refugees, Education, Learning, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship for the Future) Centre and an ESRC-funded research project that investigates Social Movement Learning in Colombia, Nepal, South Africa and Turkey. 

In 2013, I led the initiative to establish a Network for Research in Education, Conflict and Emergencies (NFREC), a multi-institutional network that hosts various scholarly activities including, an annual seminar series on Education in Conflict and Emergencies at UCL Institute of Education. 

Countries of interest: South Asia (Nepal, India and Pakistan), South-East Asia (Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand), MENA (Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine) and Horn of Africa (Somalia and Somaliland).

I would be happy to supervise doctoral students with research interests in education, conflict and peacebuilding.   

Teaching Summary

Currently, I lead a popular MA course on Education, Conflict and Fragility and also teach on Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues; Education and Development in Asia and Learners, Learning and Teaching in the Context of Education for All

I am also engaged in teaching internationally particularly, through Erasmus staff exchange and teach an intensive course on Education, Conflict and International Development annually at Kobe University, Japan. I am a visiting academic University of Chester where I deliver annual guest lectures on educational challenges in conflict-affected contexts. I am an external examiner for MA International Education and Development at University of Sussex.  

Current doctoral students:

Arif Sahar (PhD, 2015 - ): A political economy analysis of education in Afghanistan  

Tomoya Sonoda (EdD, 2014 - ): Power analysis in evidence-based decisions: Why and how are children in cross-line areas excluded from humanitarian education response in Syria? 

Sue Wiebe (EdD, 2015 - ): Non-formal education in conflict-affected environments: A case of Afghanistan 

Laetitia Lemaistre (EdD, 2016 - ): An examination of refugee education policies and practices in Europe: Honouring commitments of Incheon

Arran Magee (PhD, 2017 - ): Critical Peace Education for Refugee Youth: An Empirical Investigation of Empowerment Education for Syrian Refugee Youth in Jordan

Ganesh Khadka (PhD, 2017 - ): The Role of Higher Education in Conflict and Peacebuilding. A case Study of Nepal.

Vanita Datta (PhD, 2017 - ): Widening the Aperture: The Nexus of Education and Conflict and Avenues for Peace Building

Shalini Bhorkar (PhD, 2017 - ): Educational Quality and Equity: Dynamics of Shadow Education in Rural Maharashtra, India

Academic Background
2012 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Academic studies in Education Liverpool John Moores University
2011 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Academic studies in Higher Education Liverpool John Moores University
2005 MEd Master of Education – Education and Social Science University of Sydney
2002 MA (Soc) Master of Arts (Sociology) – Sociology Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
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