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Ian Davies

I have extensive UK and international experience with lectures and workshops delivered in many European countries and elsewhere including Canada, China, Japan, Russia, USA, Taiwan. I have co-organized many international conferences on citizenship education. I have been a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, an expert on education for democratic citizenship for the Council of Europe and worked on many funded projects including those funded by the World Bank, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, British Council and others. I was the founding editor of the journal 'Citizenship Teaching and Learning and have published many articles. My most recent books (written with others) include 'Creating Citizenship Communities' (2014), Education, Globalization and the Nation' (2016), Debates in History Teaching (2017), Global Citizenship Education (2018) and The Palgrave Handbook of Global Citizenship Education (2018).

Mark Evans

Mark is Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Mark’s work focuses primarily on citizenship and political education, teacher education, and curriculum and pedagogical orientations in their many representations in schooling systems and contexts worldwide. Interwoven into his work are particular themes and issues related to curriculum design, classroom and school culture, pedagogical practice, assessment and evaluation, equity and inclusion, and professional inquiry and learning.

Mark publishes widely and has been involved in a variety of curriculum reform initiatives, teacher education projects, and research studies provincially, nationally, and internationally, including China, England, France, India, Japan, Pakistan, Russia. Mark has taught a variety of courses in the Initial Teacher, Graduate, and Continuing Education Programs and is recipient of the University of Toronto Teaching Award, OISE’s Professor of the Year Award, and different awards for teaching excellence. He has served on a variety of administrative, advisory, and editorial councils, committees and boards.

Mark has served as Associate Dean, Teacher Education (2006, 2008-2011), Director of the Secondary Teacher Education Program (2001-2005), founding Coordinator of the Alternative III Teacher Education ‘School, Community, and Global Connections’ Program (1997-2000) and is affiliated with the Comparative and International Development Education Centre. View Mark's profile.

Márta Fülöp

Márta Fülöp is scientific consultant and head of the Social and Cultural Psychology Research Group in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and professor of social psychology and head of the Social Interaction: Competition and Cooperation Research Group in the Faculty of Psychology and Education of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. She was member of the Executive Committee of the Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe SOCRATES Academic Network between 2000 and 2013 and chaired the annual Research Student Conferences between 2006 and 2013. She is currently member of the Executive Committee of the Jean Monnet Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Network. She is Research and Publication Officer of the Children’s Identity and Citizenship: European Association. She is associate editor of the journal Citizenship, Teaching, Learning and was guest editor of the 2013 special issue on Cooperative Competitive Citizenship.

She has significant international experiences as guest researcher, visiting professor, invited speaker (Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences, Stanford, USA; researcher of Japan Foundation in Sendai, Japan; Kansai University, Osaka, Japan; University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China, among others). She was the chair of several international conferences, e.g. the conference of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) held in Budapest in 2003. She was the chair between 2008 and 2012 of the international committee of the Harry and Pola Triandis Doctoral Dissertation Award of IACCP. She was elected to be Secretary General of IACCP (2016-2020).

She has participated in several research projects related to citizenship e.g. supported by the British Council and the Hungarian Scholarship Board (1999-2002), the British Academy, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Slovenian Academy of Sciences (2002-2005), the Social Reform Operative Programme (2010-2012).

Dina Kiwan

Dina Kiwan is Reader in Comparative Education, University of Birmingham, UK, having joined the department in January 2017. In 2015-16, she was the Centre for Lebanese Studies Fellow at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and Associate Professor in Sociology, at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, since 2012. Previously she was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Citizenship Studies, at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK (2006-2012).

Her research programme focuses on citizenship and inclusion, and is interdisciplinary and comparative in scope. Her interests centre around sociological and politico-philosophical examinations of inclusive citizenship through the lens of education policy, naturalization policy and migration policy, in particular in the context of pluralist / multicultural societies, and also societies in conflict. Her work engages with the inter-relationships between theory, research, policy and practice. Her interests in critical policy analysis are complemented by an interest in how those deemed to be ‘marginalised’ and vulnerable’ constitute themselves as political actors. She has extensive and long-standing experience and networks in the UK and internationally, in the field of citizenship. Policy and consulting experience includes co-authoring the UNESCO curriculum framework for global citizenship education (2015), appointment to the UK’s Home Office ‘Life in the UK’ Advisory Group by Home Secretary, David Blunkett (2002); commissioned to co-author Diversity and Citizenship review for UK government’s Department of Education (2007); a member of experts’ advisory board for Carnegie Middle East Center ‘Education for Citizenship in Arab Countries’ research project, consulting the Lebanese government on teacher-training for religious diversity management, (2013) and regional manager for the Middle East for a large-scale research project on Democracy (Varieties of Democracy – V-Dem; 2013-ongoing)

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson is Professor of Civic and Moral Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, and Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of South Australia. He has published widely in the fields of civic and moral education – including youth activism/participation, and is co-editor of the Journal of Philosophy in Schools. He is book reviews editor for the British Journal of Educational Studies and handling editor for Citizenship Teaching and Learning. His latest books are Civics and Citizenship Education in Australia: Challenges, Practices and International Perspectives (co-edited with Libby Tudball; Bloomsbury); The Palgrave International Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Social Justice (co-edited with Robert Hattam, Michalinos Zembylas and James Arthur; Palgrave); and Compassion and Education: Cultivating Compassionate Children, Schools and Communities (Palgrave).

Jasmine B-Y Sim

Jasmine B-Y Sim is Associate Professor in the Curriculum Teaching and Learning Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She received her PhD (Education Policy and Practice) from the University of Sydney, Master of Education (Learning and Teaching) from Harvard University, and Bachelor of Arts (Upper Class Honours) in History from the Victoria University of Wellington.

Jasmine researches in civics and citizenship education, social studies education and curriculum development. In 2013, Jasmine received the World Cultural Council Special Recognition Award, an honour bestowed to a select number of talented researchers who have had international impact through their research early in their careers. Jasmine has published widely in top tier journals, and her article ‘Notions of criticality: Singaporean teachers’ perspectives of critical thinking in social studies’ was awarded the Cambridge Journal of Education Best Article Prize in 2010. Jasmine has held several competitive research grants to inquire into citizenship practices and social studies curriculum in Singapore and comparative settings. She has been the Principal Investigator and collaborator of two international research grants (Hong Kong and UK).

Advisory group

Our advisory group provide support in terms of advising about key ideas and policy-related developments:

  • Professor James Arthur 
    Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Staffing) at the University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Wei Shin Leong 
    Assistant Professor at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Professor Antal Orkeny 
    Professor of Sociology at the Social Sciences Faculty, Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest, Hungary
  • Dr Alan Sears 
    Faculty of Education Professor at the University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • Dr Maha Shuayb 
    Director, Centre for Lebanese Studies, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dr James Sloam 
    Reader at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
  • Professor Lynn Staeheli 
    Professor of Human Geography at Durham University, UK
  • Dr Libby Tudball
    Associate Professor of Monash University, Australia


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