I am currently Research Associate with the UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation for the UKRI/GCRF-funded project on Family Literacy, Indigenous Learning and Sustainable Development. I am also Lead Researcher for the commissioned UNV State of the World's Volunteerism Report 2022 coordinating case study research in South and Central Asia, East and West Africa, the Middle East and Latin America and the Carribbean. I recently finished my PhD in education and development exploring the learning and literacy dimension of local volunteering in the Philippines - funded by the UEA UNESCO Chair studentship. I am currently Chair of the British Association for Literacy in Development (BALID) - where I coordinate research on the impact of COVID-19 on Adult Learning and Education (ALE) programmes in Afghanistan, the Philippines and the UK (2020-2021).
I have a joint MA in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management from the Danish School of Education, University of Deusto and UCL Institute of Education where I was a recipient of an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.
I have over 5 years of experience as a professional and volunteer in the Philippine education and development sectors. I worked as a university teacher, a students’ retention specialist, a programme officer for an early grades literacy project of Save the Children Philippines and a volunteer and founder of various community engagement and youth formation programmes. I was also a former intern at the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL) under their research on “Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning”.