#LiteraciesOfDissent is my post-doc project funded by/though the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. Despite facing challenges such as unemployment, precarity and diminishing social services, young people around the world have taken central roles in social movements, with some facing delegitimisation and state violence. This youth-led participatory research project will explore the learning and literacy dimensions of youth activist movements in the Global South, focusing on contrasting contexts of student activism in Ethiopia and HIV/AIDs-related campaigning in the Philippines. By investigating the role of literacies in young people's voices and acts of dissent, it will contribute to critical conceptualisation of the links between youth activism, learning and social change within shrinking civil society spaces.
I am currently Lead Researcher and Author for the commissioned UNV State of the World's Volunteerism Report 2022 coordinating case study research on volunteer-state partnerships in South and Central Asia, East and West Africa, the Middle East and Latin America and the Carribbean. SWVR is UN Volunteers' flagship policy publication providing recommendations to UN member states and other state and non-state actors at various levels.
2019 - present
I am part of a UKRI/GCRF funded project on Family Literacy, Indigenous Learning and Sustainable Development as Research Associate with the UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation at the University of East Anglia (UK). Apart from contributing to the research, I also support teams in Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal and the Philippines on policy engagement activities to translate ethnographic insights into policy action. We also work closely with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg and UNESCO Paris at the international level.
I co-led research into criminalisation of student activism in shrinking civil society spaces drawing from interviews with student activists in Colombia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Thailand, the Philippines and Egypt, Commissioned by SAIH, the report became a basis of the organisation's global campaign on this issue. Click on the title to read the report available in English and Spanish.
I have been involved in several exciting research projects and consultancies both in universities, industry, UN Agencies and international NGOs. As a consultant, I specialise in research (desk-based, qualitative) in a variety of specialisms.
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