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Emma Jackson


  • BA in Social Sciences with Politics at The Open University from 2008 – 2012
  • MA in Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, UCL University from 2017 – 2018


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

Presentation & Prizes


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

Departmental Roles, Teaching & Other Professional Experience

Teaching experience

2018-2020 – GTA  Research Methods

2021 – present day – Associate Lecturer Open University – Comparative studies in primary education


Departmental Roles

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

Contact details

Emma Jackson
PhD Researcher (PhD in Education)
Department of Education