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Professor Joanne HughesSchool of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
My main research interest is in the role of education in societies divided along ethno/religious lines. My work is concerned with exploring the nature of intergroup relations and the effectiveness of interventions designed to promote social cohesion. Current research projects examine the impact of shared education in societies where parallel school systems exist for different groups.
This research has particular relevance to wider debates on separate education, and on the contribution that education can make to promoting local and global citizenship. The objective of the research activity is to maximise the potential for education to contribute towards the development of more peaceful societies.
Open to PhD applications in:
- Intergroup relations in divided societies
- The role of schools in promoting intergroup relations in divided societies
Public outreach & key achievements
UNESCO Chair on Globalising a Shared Education Model for Improving Intergroup Relations in Divided Societies
Research in NI informed the Shared Education Act (2016), and in the Republic of Macedonia, the establishment of a state-wide Interethnic Integration in Education Programme.
Recent (2016-present) expert advisor roles include, British Academy, ‘Education in Conflict and Protracted Crises’; Academy of Social Sciences, ‘Making the Case for Education in the UK’- subsequently launched in the House of Lords (2017); Salzburg Global Session 605, ‘Climate Change, Conflict, Health and Education’; Research Review of mid-Sweden University - Chair of the Education Panel.
|Years of study||2018-2021|
|Name||Abbie Leigh Kewley|
|Years of study||2016-2020|
Alumni: Where are they now
|PhD area||Citizenship Education in Northern Ireland and Israel within an Education Rights Framework|
|Name||Dr Helen Hanna|
|Years of study||2010-2014|
|Quote||Getting the opportunity to do a PhD with Joanne opened up a new world of opportunity to me. I had never considered academia as a career before, but very soon after I started I realised that research was my passion. Joanne cultivated this sense of passion but also allowed me a great deal of independence to pursue my interests and to grow as a researcher. She set an example as a woman in academia, and as someone pursuing impactful research and being active on an international scale, that I wish to follow.|
|Current Position||Associate Research Fellow, Institute of International and Comparative Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai (2019-Ongoing). Formerly Lecturer in Education Studies, Institute of Childhood and Education, Leeds Trinity University (2014-2019).|
- Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
- Centre for Shared Education
- Mitchell Institute