A great first year, more to follow

The Network for Research in Education, Conflict and Emergencies was set up in December 2013 as a space for researchers and practitioners to interact about education in conflict-affected contexts and other humanitarian crises. At the end of our first year, we reflect on what has been achieved in 2013/2014 and look ahead to our plans for 2014/2015.


Seminar Series:

A major success of the past year was the seminar series hosted at the Institute of Education (IOE) in London. We had five great sessions, with Dr Jenny Parkes  (IOE), Professor Mario Novelli (University of Sussex), Imogen Wall (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance), Dr Mieke Lopes Cardozo (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Robin Shields (University of Bath) and Dr Julia Paulson (Bath Spa University) covering a wide range of topics; violence against girls in schools, the merging of security and development in the education sector, the humanitarian system in 2014, education and peacebuilding in post conflict and post tsunami Aceh and an analysis of armed conflict and fragility on school enrolment.

Critical Space

We created a ‘critical space’ for scholars to engage critically with the field of education, conflict and peacebuilding, launched in Toronto in March 2014 at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference with a day long workshop attended by nearly 60 delegates.  Subsequently, an open discussion forum was organized at the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) conference in Bath, in September 2014, with over 25 delegates participating in an engaging discussion about the field.

Supporting the INEE 

We have also supported the work of the International Network for Education in Emergencies throughout the year, helping to pilot their draft Conflict Sensitive Education Training materials, hosting a Global Meet Up and contributing to the 2014 INEE Global Consultation.

Education, Conflict and Fragility module

The above activities provided impetus to the process of developing a new MA module on Education, Conflict and Fragility at the Institute of Education. This new module can be studied both as a freestanding course and an optional MA module. It examines the interrelationship between education, conflict and peacebuilding in conflict-affected and fragile environments. Current debates about education in emergencies are also considered. Please contact Dr Tejendra Pherali (t.pherali@ioe.ac.uk) if you would like further information.

The year ahead – 2014/2015

Seminar Series

We are really pleased to announce the sessions booked so far for this year’s seminar series. They will take place at the Institute of Education in London, and are free to attend. We invite you all to attend, and encourage you to register a place through the eventbrite links on the events page of the NRECE blog:

Thursday 30 October 2014, 17.30 – 19.00 (Room 802)
‘Education and Ethno-politics: The role of Identity in the Iraqi school system’
Dr Kelsey Shanks (UNICEF Consultant)

Thursday 20 November 2014, 17.30 – 19.00 (Room 728)
‘Improving learning outcomes in humanitarian and protracted crises’
Dr Chris Berry (DFID)

Thursday 11 December 2014, 17.30 – 19.00 (Room 802)
‘Don’t talk about peace; principles of using media as a peacebuilding tool’
Francis Rolt (Director Radio for Peace Building)

Wednesday 28 January 2015, 17.30 – 19.00 (Nunn Hall)
‘The role of education in building peaceful societies: lessons from Somalia’
Prof Frank Hardman (University of York )

Wednesday 25 February 2015, 17.30 – 19.00 (Nunn Hall)
‘Planning education for safety, resilience and social cohesion’
Dr Lyndsay Bird (IIEP)

Wednesday 25 March 2015, 17.30 – 19.00 (Nunn Hall)
‘Education in emergency and conflict contexts; examples and lessons learned from Save the Children’s current responses and programmes with a focus on the implementation of girls’ education in conflict-affected and fragile contexts’
Charlotte Balfour-Poole (Senior Humanitarian Education Adviser, Save the Children)

April 2015

Wednesday 27 May 2015, 17.30-1900
‘Researching emergencies: high tech strategies in low tech settings’
Dr Chris Williams (Visiting Fellow, Institute of Education)


Please keep an eye out for future events.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!