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Dr Yana Manyukhina
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
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  • Senior Research Fellow
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

I come from an interdisciplinary educational background, having studied Politics and International Relations (BA), Mass Communications and Media (MA), and Sociology and Social Policy (PhD) at different points throughout my learning journey. My most recent educational undertaking has been a CertHE in Philosophy (Birkbeck, University of London), inspired by a deep interest in philosophical thought, particularly in the domains of moral philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.

I am currently Senior Researcher at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy 0-11 years (HHCP). My academic interests revolve around moral and ethical issues in education and are inspired by a firm commitment to promoting equity, justice, and fairness in educational contexts. Among the core five themes of the HHCP, I associate most strongly with Children’s Agency and Life Chances.

My commitment to promoting education for all finds expression in my work with the Brilliant Club, a charity that exists to support under-represented students in accessing and succeeding in higher education.

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My area of expertise cuts across the fields of education, the philosophy of critical realism, and moral philosophy. My first book, "Ethical Consumption: Practices and Identities. A Realist Approach", is a critical realist account of ethical consumption seeking to illuminate how moral identities develop and motivate behaviours, and how those are influenced by social contexts. At present, the main focus of my research is centred on children’s rights, voice, and agency within and beyond formal education. Methodologically, I am committed to qualitative research designs and have a particular interest in ethnography. 

Teaching Summary

I am Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) with experience of teaching a range of face-to-face and online modules, lectures, and seminars. Prior to joining the HHCP, I co-taught a course in critical realism to Master’s and doctoral students at the UCL Institute of Education (2016 - 2018). At present, I am a Module Leader for a postgraduate distance learning module Values, Vision and Moral Purpose in educational leadership, alongside supervising MA and PhD dissertations in Early Years and Primary Education. My teaching experience includes designing and delivering a range of philosophy courses to primary and secondary pupils as part of my work with the Brilliant Club. 

28-JUL-2021 Senior Researcher Department of Learning and Leadership UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
09-JAN-2018 – 28-JUL-2021 Research Fellow Department of Learning and Leadership UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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