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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

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 am currently leading a research project that explores the role of education in peacebuilding and social transformation in Somalia/ Somaliland. I am also leading an inter-sectoral research study into educational and health response to Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan and Lebanon. Between 2010 and 2013, I was involved in an international collaborative project entitled ‘Education for Peacebuilding’, involving four partner institutions in Cambodia, Nepal and the UK. The purpose of the project was to examine the role of teacher education programmes in peacebuilding in post-conflict Cambodia and Nepal. In both countries, we worked with education authorities and policy makers to facilitate reforms in teacher education. 

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. See our previous seminars: http://mediacentral-stream.ucl.ac.uk/Browse/Tag/Tejendra%20Pherali 

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

I have taught in Higher Education for over ten years and joined UCL Institute of Education in 2013. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. 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 at Liverpool John Moores University and University of Chester where I deliver annual guest lectures on educational challenges in conflict-affected contexts. I am an external examiner for Education Studies programmes at Bath Spa University.  

Current doctoral students:

Harvest Daurelle (PhD, 2014 - ): Education as a transformative tool in post-conflict reconstruction in Kosovo 

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

Emma Godding (PhD, 2013 - ): The role of basic education in peacebuilding in Palestine: The case of West Bank  (University of Chester)

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

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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