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Meet our visiting scholars


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Professor Kaori Tsukazaki

Kaori Tsukazaki (Vice President of National Institute of Technology, Kagoshima College, Japan) joins us as a Visiting Research Professor. She is a graduate of Nagasaki University and Kyushu University and the first female professor in the 56-year history of Kagoshima College. Her academic research focuses on the empowerment of female students in STEM and the cultural contexts of English Language Teaching. Kaori was a Fulbright Scholar and received a prestigious award for her contributions to education from KOSEN National Institute of Technology in Tokyo. Her visit is enabling international research collaboration with SSESW colleagues in Education and Social Sciences.

Luz Bersh

Luz Bersh from Columbus State University joins us as Visiting Research Fellow to work with Allen Thurston on a robotics in schools programme.  Funded through Columbus State University, the project involves MIT and Tufts University in work that draws heavily on peer tutoring/cooperative learning pedagogies.

 Iris Elliott

Iris Elliott is a Visiting Research Fellow developing research projects with SSESW colleagues around the mental health of children and young people. She was formerly with Mental Health Foundation and is now at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Iris also worked with SSESW colleagues and Praxis Care to develop a project exploring interventions to promote physical activity among people with mental health problems. More details of that project are available at DRILL

Tarna Kannisto 

Tarna Kannisto is a Visiting Research Fellow in our Centre for Children’s Rights (CCR). Tarna researches in the area of children’s rights, specifically on cultural issues such as rights for transgender young people. She is a PhD researcher on the philosophy of education in the University of Helsinki, Finland, where she teaches in Philosophy and in Teacher Training.

Patrick Flack

Patrick Flack is a Visiting Research Fellow collaborating with our Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation colleagues on the work of its Innovation Zones. In his role as Impact & Evaluation Officer at Greater Shankill Partnership, Patrick is involved in evaluating the impact of many of the projects that Greater Shankill Partnership is involved with, including the Greater Shankill Children and Young People Zone.

Dr Grace Ese-osa Idahosa

Grace Ese-osa Idahosa (University of Johannesburg) is a Visiting Research Fellow from October 2019 to September 2020. She is working with SSESW academic Dina Zoe Belluigi on a project entitled Mid-level Managers Agency for Transformation in Post-Conflict Higher Education. It explores how university middle-management, who are in key positions to engender social change in the higher education sector in Northern Ireland and South Africa, can be better empowered to enact their agency; and in what ways this is impacted by their gender and social location.