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BERA Conference 2024 and WERA Focal Meeting

8 September 2024 to 12 September 2024University of Manchester

WERA Presidential Address

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Liesel Ebersöhn, Professor

University of Pretoria

Liesel Ebersöhn, (Director: Centre for the Study of Resilience, Full Professor: Department of Educational Psychology, University of Pretoria), a registered educational psychologist and expert on social dimensions of resilience, draws on...

BERA Presidential Address

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Marlon Moncrieffe, Dr

President Elect at British Educational Research Association

Dr Marlon Moncrieffe is a council member of the British Educational Research Association, and Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. He is an award-winning international interdisciplinary researcher and author, and teacher-educator.

Keynote Speakers

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Tim Soutphommasane, Professor

University of Oxford

Tim Soutphommasane is Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Oxford and Professor of Practice in Human Rights and Political Theory. He is Senior Research Fellow at Balliol College and also holds a professorial appointment at the University...

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Kris D. Gutiérrez, Professor

University of California, Berkeley

Kris D. Gutiérrez is the Carol Liu Chair and Distinguished Professor and former Associate Dean at the Berkeley School of Education, University of California, Berkeley. Gutiérrez’s expertise is in the learning sciences, literacy, policy, and...

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Michele Schweisfurth, Professor

Professor of Comparative and International Education at University of Glasgow

Michele Schweisfurth is Professor of Comparative and International Education at the University of Glasgow, and President 2023-24 of the British Association for International and Comparative Education. Her primary research interest is pedagogy,...

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Stephan Huber, Professor

Linz School of Education, Johannes Kepler University Linz

Stephan Huber has been a professor at different universities in various countries in Europe and held honorary professorships in Asia and Australia since 2004. For 12 years, he was vice president of a university of teacher education (head for...

Keynote Panel Discussion

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Yuwei Xu, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Nottingham

Dr Yuwei Xu is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education at the University of Nottingham. Previously he has held academic positions at University College London (UCL) and the University of Portsmouth. With a PhD in gender and early...

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Liesel Ebersöhn, Professor

University of Pretoria

Liesel Ebersöhn, (Director: Centre for the Study of Resilience, Full Professor: Department of Educational Psychology, University of Pretoria), a registered educational psychologist and expert on social dimensions of resilience, draws on...

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Ee-gyeong Kim, Dr

Dean at Chung-Ang University

Dr. Ee-gyeong Kim is a distinguished professor at Chung-Ang University's College of Education in South Korea, where she also serves as the Dean of the Graduate School after her tenure as the Dean of the College of Education. Her commitment to the...

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Andrea English, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Edinburgh

Dr Andrea English is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Philosophy of Education at the University of Edinburgh. For more than two decades, her research has developed the ideas of ‘uncertainty’ and ‘productive struggle’ in...

Workshop Leads

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Patricia Alexander, Dr

Distinguished University Professor at University of Maryland, College Park

Patricia Alexander is the Jean Mullan Professor of Literacy and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, a Fellow of the American Educational Research...

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P. Karen Murphy, Professor

Distinguished Professor of Education at Pennsylvania State University

P. Karen Murphy (Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1998) is Distinguished Professor of Education and Department Head at The Pennsylvania State University where she holds appointments in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and...

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David Osher, Dr

Vice President & Institute Fellow at American Institutes for Research

David Osher is Vice President and Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research. Osher’s expertise includes the science of learning and development, the conditions for learning and school climate, social and emotional learning, youth...

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Julie Stirrup, Dr

Lecturer at Loughborough University

Julie is a lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy at Loughborough University. Julie’s research centres on Physical Education, physical development and its role within young people lives from the early years through to secondary...

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Tom Quarmby, Dr

Reader at Leeds Beckett University

Tom is a Reader in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy in the Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University. Broadly, his research explores the role and value of Physical Education, physical activity and sport for youth from socially...

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Ash Casey, Professor

Professor of Physical Education and Pedagogy at Loughborough University

As Professor of Physical Education and Pedagogy at Loughborough University, I've dedicated my career to enhancing the educational landscape of physical education, underpinned by the persistent pursuit of pedagogical innovation and excellence....

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Shrehan Lynch, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of East London

Dr Shrehan Lynch is a Senior Lecturer in Sport at the University of East London. She has over 15 years’ experience in education, Shrehan is currently the Course Leader for the Sport Foundation Degree at the University of East London. Her...

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Mabel Encinas, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at London Metropolitan University

Mabel has a strong commitment and passion for equality, diversity, and social inclusion. She is a Senior Lecturer in Education at London Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on creative strategies for learning and teaching, including...

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Louise Kay, Dr

Lecturer at University of Sheffield

Louise Kay is a lecturer in early childhood in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. She is a qualified teacher and has worked across all three primary key stages, with the majority of her career spent teaching in the early...

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Carrie Birch, Dr

Independent Researcher at N/A

As an independent researcher/practitioner Carrie’s work in community and school settings with adults, under-fives, families, and organisations supports her interests in social justice, and researching perspectives of those whose voices are...

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Barbara Schneider

Michigan State University

Barbara Schneider is the John A. Hannah Chair University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She has used a sociological lens to understand societal conditions and...

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Katariina Salmela-Aro, Professor

University of Helsinki

Katariina Salmela-Aro Professor of Educational sciences and Psychology, University of Helsinki, Finland. Visiting Professor in the Institute of Education in University College London and School of Education in Michigan State University and School...

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Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin


Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, Ph.D, is a Senior Analyst, Project Leader and Deputy Head of Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Directorate for Education and Skills). He works for the OECD Centre for Education...

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Ingrid Gogolin, Professor

Senior Professor at Universität Hamburg

Dr. Ingrid Gogolin is Professor for International comparative and intercultural education research at the University of Hamburg and director of the Research Center “LiDS – Literacy in Diversity Settings”. Her research is focussed on the...

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Irina Usanova

University of Hamburg

Dr. Irina Usanova is the director of the research program “MARE – Multiliteracy as a Labour Market Resource” at the University of Hamburg, Germany. The program is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research from 2021 to...

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Una O’Connor, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Ulster University

Dr Una O’Connor is a senior lecturer, based in the UNESCO Centre, School of Education, Ulster University. Her teaching and research focus on improving educational outcomes for children and young people, with a particular emphasis on social...

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Daniel Muijs, Professor

Professor at Queen's University Belfast

Daniel Muijs is Head of the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and Professor of Education at Queen’s University Belfast. He is an acknowledged expert in the fields of educational and teacher effectiveness, school improvement...

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Rebekah Ackroyd, Dr

Lecturer in Education at University of Cumbria

Rebekah Ackroyd is the Early Career Researcher Network Regional Rep for the North of England. Rebekah is a lecturer in education at the University of Cumbria working on postgraduate provision. Her PhD research examined how teachers of Religious...

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Sin-Wang Chong, Professor

Director of Impact and Innovation at University of St Andrews

Sin Wang (Ph.D., SFHEA, FRSA) is Director of Impact and Innovation at the International Education Institute, University of St Andrews. Concurrently, he is Professor, Head of Evidence Synthesis, and Chair of Research Ethics at the National...

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Louis Major, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Digital Education at The University of Manchester

Dr Louis Major is a senior lecturer in Digital Education at the University of Manchester. Working in the Manchester Institute of Education, he co-leads the Digital Technologies, Communication and Education (DTCE) Research and Scholarship group....

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Elizabeth Hidson, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Sunderland

Dr Elizabeth Hidson’s education career began with teaching computing, then school senior leadership and strategic regional secondments. After 14 years in secondary schools, she moved into higher education. She has been a researcher on a range...