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Dr Lucy Atkinson



University of East Anglia
BA - International Relations and Modern History
Post Graduate Certificate - Person Centred Counselling Skills

Cambridge CELTA

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
MA - International Community Development - Glocal

University of York
PhD - Post War Recovery Studies
‘Refugee Teachers, Pedagogy and Professional Development: The Pursuit of Quality Education in UNRWA, Jordan'

During my undergraduate studies in International Relations and Modern History, I felt detached from the events and consequences. This lead to me to volunteering with refugee communities in Norwich alongside my degree, where I felt I was able to practically see the result of global actions.

Following my undergraduate degree, I worked at the British Red Cross (BRC) in a number of roles. During this time, with the Youth and Schools team, I created an effective partnership between the British Red Cross and the UEA Law School. This project trained students and peer educators in International Humanitarian Law to support citizenship education in local schools. My final role at the BRC was as the Service Manager for Refugee and Tracing in East Anglia, delivering emergency services to over 900 Refugees and Asylum Seekers across the region.

In 2013, I moved to Jerusalem for my MA study. Here I became passionate about the classroom and the role of teachers in complex environments. These experiences have since inspired my PhD study. I have also enjoyed building on my passion for teachers and the classroom with experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Education here at York.

I am looking forward to further working with teachers and understanding the classroom in my role in the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG).

Departmental roles

  • Research Fellow in Education


Research group(s)

External activities


  • British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)

Invited talks and conferences

September 2018 - ‘Teacher Professional Development in Refugee Contexts – A Case Study of Palestine Refugees in Amman, Jordan’ - British Association of International and Comparative Education 2018, University of York, (Recipient of the Edmund King Award)

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +441904323472