School of Education and Social Work

Centre for International Education (CIE)

Education and development in the Global South and the diaspora is the main focus of CIE. Our aim is to undertake research and provide a knowledge hub, insights and findings related to the concerns of lower income countries in different parts of the world seeking to enhance their development. Over the last 20 years, CIE has grown to become one of the largest and most highly rated academic groups of its kind in the UK, with a reputation as a leader in its fields of study and as a centre of excellence.

CIE offers a friendly, supportive and challenging environment in which to debate development issues, theoretical perspectives and methodological positions related to education and development. Its staff support the International Education and Development MA and approximately 30 doctoral candidates on the Education PhD course.

Undergraduates may want to consider complementing their studies with additional 'elective' modules (15 credits each) or 'pathways' (60 credits) in International Education and Development. Details can be found under Customise your course.

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Date: Tuesday 15 October 2019
Time: 1-3pm
Venue: Room 2D10, Pevensey 1
Speaker: Ratish Shah, Senior Lecturer of Comparative of International Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Title: Same, same but different?  A comparative cultural political economy analysis of educational responses to the Syrian crisis



Date: Thursday 17 October 2019 
Time: 5-6.30pm
Venue: Chowen Lecture Theatre, Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Mamunur Rahman, IDS alum, was awarded the Entrepreneurialism prize for his innovation that transforms leftover clothing material into sanitary towels. ‘Ella Pads’ support more than 50,000 women with improved health, hygiene and employment opportunities as the pads are made by women for women.

Réjane Woodroffe, who studied an MSc in Development Economics in 2004/2005 at the University of Sussex, won the Social Impact Award at the British Council’s global Study UK Alumni Awards for her work as the Director and co-founder of the award-winning Bulungula Incubator.

Title: Building Successful Social Enterprises to Tackle Global Challenges




Date: Thursday 24 October 2019
Time: 1.30-2.30pm
Venue: Room 3.07A, Medical School
Speakers: International Education & Development MA students Jennifer Agbaire, Su'ur Su'eddie Vershima Agema and Juhi Kumari
Title: The Debate Journal


Details of more events can be viewed on our Seminars web page.

CIE Annual Report 2019 coverWondering what on earth CIE has been doing over the last 12 months? It's all here in the new CIE Annual Report 2019.

Decolonising Education

Decolonising Education presenters: Sept 2019The Centre for International Education presented a symposium entitled Struggles For Inclusion: spatial analysis of education in Africa at the UKFIET conference on Education and Development at the University of Oxford (17-19 September). The symposium comprised six papers that used a spatial lens to engage with the way that education in postcolonial Africa continues to be framed by colonial discourses of development. Referring to research in Zambia, Benin, Nigeria, Madagascar, Ghana and Senegal, the papers explored the intersections of the local and the global at a time when decolonising education has become a key priority for equity and inclusion. Presenters included Professor Máiréad Dunne, Dr Barbara Crossouard and doctoral researchers Agness Mumba, Eva Bulgrin, Jennifer Agbaire and Daniella Rabino. The symposium discussant was Professor Leon Tikly from University of Bristol.

Within the conference, CIE was strongly represented with presentations from Professor Mario Novelli, Dr Jo Westbrook, Dr Linda Morrice, Dr Marcos Delprato, Professor Keith Lewin and Esi Fenyiwa Amonoo-Kuofi on topics related to Education in conflict, Refugees, Secondary schooling, Teachers, pedagogies and curriculum. Professor Kwame Akyeampong was Chair of the Conference Committee.

The conference provided a venue and an opportunity for current CIE member to be reunited with former CIE faculty and students working in multiple international contexts.

Key Issues in Teacher Education – A sourcebook for Teacher Educators

There is a dearth of evidence-based scholarly resources for training teacher educators in developing countries. This book is a response to this gap.  Written by Janet Stuart, Kwame Akyeampong and Alison Croft, it grew out of the experience and insights they gained while working on the Centre for International Education (CIE) Multi-Site Teacher Education Research (MUSTER) project between 1997 and 2001. As a sourcebook, it is designed to be a resource for people involved in teacher education, especially in the global south, and can be downloaded for personal use or as training material for teacher educators.

I had never thought that I would work in Albania before I started my Master's at Sussex

Read about Ryoko Endo's journey from Sussex Masters to Albania and how the International Education and Development MA course "changed my life completely".

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CIE Director
Professor Mario Novelli
T +44 (0)1273 678639

CIE Deputy Director
Professor Kwame Akyeampong
T +44 (0)1273 877051

CIE Research Fellow
Farzana Bardai

Centre for International Education
Department of Education
School of Education and Social Work
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