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Prof Tejendra Pherali
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of Education, Conflict and Peace
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

Originally from Nepal, I studied in Australia, Nepal, the United Kingdom, and the United States and worked in the development sector before starting my career in higher education. Having led the MA in Education and International Development (2013-2016), I have developed research and teaching programmes in the field of education, conflict and international development at UCL. Currently, I lead the MA Education and International Development: Conflict, Emergencies and PeaceI am the Chair of British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) and also chair the Editorial Board of Compare Journal. 

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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 in various conflict-affected contexts including, Afghanistan, Nepal, Lebanon and Somaliland/ Somalia. I co-lead a research project on inclusive education in post-conflict Nepal (2019-2022); a Co-Investigator in the GCRF-funded RELIEF Centre (Refugees, Education, Learning, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship for the Future) (2017-2022; 2022-2027) and have recently completed an ESRC-funded research project that investigates Social Movement Learning in Colombia, Nepal, South Africa and Turkey (2017-2021). 

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. I edit the Education and Conflict Review, an open access peer-reviewed journal.

Countries of interest: South Asia (Nepal), 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 developed and lead the MA Conflict, Emergencies and Peace and designed the specialist modules on Education during Emergency Situations and Education, Conflict and Peace. I also teach on Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues and Learners, Learning and Teaching in the Context of Education for All

I am also engaged in teaching internationally and teach an intensive course on Education, Conflict and International Development annually at Kobe University, Japan. I have been a visiting scholar at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand from December 2018 - June 2019. I am an external examiner for the MA International Education and Development at University of Sussex.  

Doctoral Students (Completed):

  1. Tomoya Sonoda (2020): The Politicisation of Evidence: A Critical Realist Approach to Data-Driven Education Planning, Practice and Exclusion in Syria
  2. Arif Sahar (2021): Education, Violence, and Radicalisation in post-2001 Afghanistan: A Political Economy Analysis
  3. Shalini Bhorkar (2021): Private Tutoring and Mainstream Education Linkages in India: A Political Economy Approach

Doctoral Students (Current):

  1. Laetitia Lemaistre (EdD, 2016 - ): Refugees in Urban Jakarta and Bogor: Exercising Agency in Refugee Education?
  2. Arran Magee (PhD, 2017 - ): Critical Peace Education for Refugee Youth: An Empirical Investigation of Empowerment Education for Syrian Refugee Youth in Jordan
  3. Ganesh Khadka (PhD, 2017 - ): The Role of Higher Education in Conflict and Peacebuilding. A case Study of Nepal.
  4. Vanita Datta (PhD, 2017 - ): Widening the Aperture: The Nexus of Education and Conflict and Avenues for Peace Building
  5. Chawin Pongpajon (PhD, 2019 - ): The role of education in peacebuilding in Southern Thailand
  6. Sadaf Yasir (PhD, 2021 - ): Pukhtun women of Pakistan: peacebuilding through education
  7. Ross Duncan (PhD, 2022 - ): Understanding educational inequalities and system responses in the context of COVID-19 in conflict-affected societies
  8. Anna Hata (PhD, 2022 - ): A social justice approach to inclusive education in Nepal: Participatory action research with girls with disabilities

29-JAN-2021 Departmental Ethics Committee Coordinator Education, Practice and Society UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2017 Research Theme Coordinator Education, Practice and Society UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2012   Doctor of Philosophy Liverpool John Moores University
2011   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow Liverpool John Moores University
2005   Master of Education University of Sydney
2002   Master of Arts (Sociology) Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
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