Department of Education
I started my PhD in 2018, my research focus in higher education and marginalised groups and the protection of knowledge. I also have an interest in decolonising methodologies, collaborative research approaches and digital storytelling. I am also a Research Associate at the Centre of Applied Human Rights at the University of York, and I have been the BAICE student representative since December 2020.
An exploration of the role of indigenous knowledge in mainstream education
My research aims to explore how students, academics and an indigenous community in South Africa perceives the relationship between their indigenous knowledge and higher education. Higher education in South Africa has been strongly influenced by colonialism, the apartheid vision and neoliberal pressures. Colonialism and apartheid systematically marginalised traditional and indigenous ways of producing knowledge. The end of apartheid brought with it a move away from segregated education, and new policy emerged to increase access to higher education; including calls to decolonise or transform higher education. My research explores the lived experience of students, academics and indigenous communities of higher education and the knowledge it includes, through in depth interviews and digital storytelling.
Dr Eleanor Brown
An exploration of indigenous knowledge and higher education in South Africa – Durham Castle Conference, 2021
An exploration of indigenous knowledge and higher education in South Africa – UKFIET conference, 2021
BAICE fieldwork grant
2018-2020 – GTA Research Methods
2021 – present day – Associate Lecturer Open University – Comparative studies in primary education
Coordinator for the CRESJ seminar series – 2018 – 2022
Other professional experience
September 2019: Co-convened the BAICE conference, University of York
2020 – present day – BAICE student representation