Jo is a member of the Centre for International Education at the University and the Centre for Teaching & Learning.  Her research interests focus on:

Reading and comprehension in multilingual contexts; Multiliteracies; Wider Reading for Adolescents; Inclusive & Alternative Pedagogies internationally, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Policy; Qualitative methods; Ethnography; Mixed Methods; Literature Reviews.


Funded Research

2018-19 - Evaluation of the quality of the teaching & learning in the Second Chance programme for Out Of School Children in Liberia; PI, funded by Dubai Cares

2016-21 - Inclusive Education Teacher Training in Uganda: International Consultancy/Research Services with Sightsavers UK and Uganda

2015-17 The Long-Term Benefits of Accelerated Learning:  Evaluation of the Speed Schools Programme in Ethiopia funded by Geneva Global (PI Prof Kwame Akyeampong).  Researcher on SpeedSchool curriculum & pedagogy in collaboration with the University of Hawassa.

2014-16 Sussex Research Development Funding on Developing Secondary Students’ Reading Comprehension in Sussex and Brighton & Hove, Co-Applicant with Professor Jane Oakhill, PI Dr Julia Sutherland

2014-2019 -  Member of the Reading To Learn Network of researchers and practitioners studying how young children learn to read in two or more languages from home to Early Childhood Education setting to Primary 1 and 3 in a cross-country comparison of Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, funded by the British Academy International Mobility & Partnership Fund

2012-14 Rigorous Literature Review on 'Pedagogy, Curriculum, Teaching Practice and Teacher Education in Developing Countries' (PI) Department for International Development, UK  

2011-12   Systematic Review: ‘What are the impacts and cost effectiveness of strategies to improve classroom performance of untrained and under-trained teachers in developing countries?’(Co-PI)  Australian Agency for International Development:

2011 Dissemination and conference financing for TPA lead researchers funded by the Hewlett Foundation.  Lead PI.

2009-2011 Teacher Preparation and Continuing Professional Development in Africa (TPA) funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to investigate how primary school teachers are trained to teach early reading and maths in Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda (one of three PIs). Funding secured:


2016 - Participant at 'Thought-Leaders meeting on‘Enabling Teachers, Enabling Youth: Strengthening Teacher Quality in Secondary Schools in Sub-­‚ÄźSaharan Africa’ funded by Mastercard Foundation in collaboration with the University of Bristol, Kigali, Rwanda 

2015 International consultant for Transforming Teacher Education & Learning in Ghana with Cambridge Education, developing National Teaching Standards for all teachers in Ghana

2005-2007 British Council Link Programme between University of Sussex and the Institute for Education and Research, University of Peshawar  (as a team member from the Centre for International Education)