CIE is committed to high-quality research that can be used to inform policy and practice at a range of levels and in a wide variety of contexts.
We have a strong history of research excellence in leading large and long-term projects for international agencies, as well as for conducting consultancies with and for national governments, NGOs and other bodies.
- Gender on the Higher Education Agenda Internationally: Co-constructing foundations for equitable futures: Jan 2021 - Dec 2022
Lead Researcher (PI): Dr Tamsin Hinton Smith
Co-Investigators: Professor Olapeju Aiyelaagbe, University of Ibadan, Nigeria / Dr Anna CohenMiller, University of Nazabayev, Kazakhstan / Professor Kholoud Kahime, Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco / Dr Nupur Samuel, OP Jindal University, India
Sponsor: The British Academy
Funding amount: £44,712
Sub-theme: Gender and Education (within the 'Identities: Identities, Citizenship and Youth' research theme)
- Strengthening Rapid Education Responses in Acute Emergencies: Jan - Dec 2021
- Action on Children's Harmful Work in African Agriculture: Jan 2020 - Jan 2027
- Political Economy of Education in Conflict Contexts - The PEER Network: Jan 2020 - Jan 2024
Lead Researcher (PI): Professor Mario Novelli
Co-PI: Professor Kelsey Shanks
Co-Investigators: Professor Naureen Durrani & Professor Azeem Badroodien
Sponsors: UKRI Global Challenge Research Fund Network Plus Grant
Funding amount: £2,000,000
Theme: Education, Conflict and Displacement
- Youth, Gender and Education: Changing landscapes of work in rural sub-Saharan Africa (WE-SAY): March 2020 - November 2022
Lead researcher: Dr Barbara Crossouard
Co-researchers: Professor Máiréad Dunne (Sussex), Professor Relebohile Moletsane (University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa), and Dr Moses Dauda (Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria)
Sponsor: British Academy
Funding amount: £296,000
Theme: Identities: Citizenship, Gender & Youth
- Process Evaluation of the Ongoing Government Adoption of the Second Chance Education Programme in Ethiopia: Feb 2020 - June 2022
- Social Movement, Learning and Knowledge Production in the Struggle for Peace and Social Justice: Jan 2018 - June 2021
- Comparative Study of Teacher Education in India, South Africa and England: March 2018 - May 2021
- Assessment of Education Strategies and Interventions Adopted in Jordan as a Response to the Syrian Crisis: July 2018 - March 2021
A selection of some recently completed projects
- Technical Support for the Inclusive Education Project in Uganda (consultancy): April 2016 - Dec 2020
This inclusive education project has been working on the development of more inclusive classrooms at primary level through a collaboration between the University of Kyambogo, Uganda, Disabled Peoples Organisations and Sightsavers, and in conjunction with the close involvement of the Ministry of Education, Uganda, and the University of Sussex.
As consultants, Jo Westbrook and Jacqui Shepherd work with Kyambogo, the National Union of Disabled People and the National Society for Disabled Children to develop a Certificate Course in Inclusive Education, comprising ten interactive modules for pairs of tutors to take from all 54 Primary Teacher Colleges. Jo taught some of the modules together with Kyambogo staff on two of the three residential training weeks at the specialist SEND PTC of Lira in the North of Uganda in 2017 and 2018. The impact of the Certificate on tutors has been considerable, with many using the word ‘conversion’ to indicate the profound challenge to their prior beliefs about disability and changes made to how they teach and observe their trainees. Several have independently forged links went outside their PTC to work with learners with disabilities in local refugee camps and at a Deaf School.
A second plank of the project was the orientation towards inclusion for all Coordinating Centre tutors who deliver CPD to teachers in the field, Inspectors and District Education Offices, carried out by staff from Kyambogo and Sightsavers.
Some 100 tutors have now graduated with the Certificate who in turn have taught their PTC colleagues through an Abridged Version of the Certificate, also developed by Sussex. The final five months of Sussex involvement focuses on working with Kyambogo to revise the ten modules ready to be slotted into the new B.Ed degree course curriculum with its longer school practicum, incorporating the interactive pedagogic elements used in the face to face teaching.
In working in such a collaborative manner with a variety of relevant in-country stakeholders, this project contributes to CIE’s ways of working with Southern actors, and directly works towards greater social justice at a practice level for tutors, trainees and most importantly learners with disability in mainstream classrooms.
- Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Youth Employment in sub-Saharan Africa - A mixed methods study: April 2017 - March 2020
- Safe and Quality Education for Girls and Boys in Displacement Situations in Ethiopia and Somalia: March 2018 - Feb 2020
- Research into the Curriculum and Pedagogy of the Second Chance Programme in Liberia: Dec 2018 - July 2019
- Education for Out-of-school Children with Disabilities in Jordan (consultancy): 2018-19
- Improving Education for Refugee Background Students: Feb - Sept 2018
- Understanding Complementary Basic Education in Ghana: Sept 2017 - Dec 2018
- Effectiveness and Efficiency of Secondary Education in sub-Saharan Africa: Aug 2017 - June 2018
- Optimising Refugee Resettlement in the UK: July 2014 - Feb 2018
Roundtable Meeting Report on Optimising Refugee Resettlement: March 2019
Integration of Resettled Refugees in the UK: FINAL REPORT
English Language for Resettled Refugees: POLICY BRIEF
Forced Migration Review: Special issue on resettlement (Feb 2017)
- Higher Education, Internationalisation and Mobility: Jan 2015 - Dec 2017
See details on the web pages for this research study.
- Engaging Teachers in Peacebuilding in Post-conflict Contexts: Sept 2014 - Sept 2016
- Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding: 2013-16
- Education Sector Governance, Inequality, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Kenya and South Sudan: Sept 2014- Dec 2015
Lead Researcher: Professor Mario Novelli