Charles Anderson is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, University of Edinburgh. His research interests have focused on learning and teaching in higher education; and language and literacy in secondary school education. Work that is particularly pertinent to CERES’ objectives has been the investigation with colleagues of the implementation of critical literacies in secondary schooling; and current projects that are exploring the experience and needs of EAL learners in UK secondary schools, and how best to respond to these needs.
Alison Closs was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies in the University of Edinburgh until her retirement in 2004. Since then she was worked as a freelance educational consultant, primarily with government and non-governmental organisations in the Western Balkans (emergent countries of former Yugoslavia, Albania and Turkey) in which she has had long-term interests. Her interest, research and teaching throughout her career has been focussed on ensuring the educational entitlements of children at potential risk of marginalisation in, or exclusion from, school and on inclusive approaches to teaching and learning.
Dr. Susan Gair
Susan is a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences at the James Cook University, Australia. She is a social worker with more than two decades of recognised teaching, research, writing and practice in her discipline. Her research, practice, teaching and community service have focused on the advancement of social justice and reconciliation, and improved social policy and social work practice. Her key areas of research have been adoption practice, and working respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Her additional research and teaching interests include recognition of prior learning (RPL), promoting empathy for improved social work practice, and advancing writing skills in her profession and in the community. She offered leadership to the professional body the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Professor Vicky Gunn
Vicky is Head of Learning and Teaching at the Glasgow School of Art. She has a particular interest in how equality and diversity issues are addressed and mainstreamed in Higher Education learning environments and church history in queer theology.
Professor Peter Hopkins
Peter is Postgraduate Director of Research for the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology. His research interests include geographies of race, ethnicity and religion, young people’s geographies and the intersections between masculinities, ethnicities and place. He has been involved in numerous projects in Scotland that draw attention to issues of racial equality and diversity in the everyday lives of young people. Some of his key projects and contributions include research with young Muslim men, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, Sikh youth and young people growing up in areas of social deprivation. He is an editorial board member of Children’s Geographies and Contemporary Islam and is one of the Book Review Editors for Gender, Place and Culture.
Professor Constant Leung
Constant Leung is Professor of Educational Linguistics in the Centre for Language Discourse and Communication, Department of Education and Professional Studies at King’s College London. He also serves as Deputy Head of Department. He was the founding chair of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC), a national subject association for teachers of English as an Additional Language in UK. His research interests include additional/second language curriculum, language assessment, language policy, and teacher professional development. He is Associate Editor for Language Assessment Quarterly and Editor of Research Issues for TESOL Quarterly.
Dr. Philomena de Lima
Philomena is the Director of the Centre for Remote and Rural Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness, Scotland. Her research interests include equalities and social justice issues with a particular focus on a range of groups in rural communities and cross-national comparisons. She has applied her interests in the following areas: demographic changes, migration and labour market strategies, ethnicity and belonging, poverty and environmental impacts and responses to changes.
Professor Alison Phipps
Alison Phipps is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, and Co-Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNET) at the University of Glasgow where she teaches languages, Religious Studies, Anthropology and Intercultural Education. Her research interests focus on languages and intercultural studies, with a particular critical concern for the different ways in which people learn to live and communicate together by stepping outside comfortable or familiar contexts. Her work is interdisciplinary and draws on the resources of social and cultural anthropology, theatre and cultural studies, theology, law, modern languages and education. Professor Phipps is also a Senior Adviser to the British Council and to the World Council of Churches on intercultural learning.
Dr. Gurchathen Sanghera
Gurchathen is a Pro-Dean (Undergraduate) for the Faculty of Arts and a lecturer at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews. His research includes the ‘politics’ of race and ethnicity in contemporary Britain, particularly post- 9/11 and 7/7: the theory and politics of racism, racial equality, multiculturalism and secularism; ethnic identities, national identities and the ‘second generation’; the politics of being Muslim in the West; social capital, cultural capital and mobility; and media constructions and depictions of minority ethnic and religious groups.
Dr. Katherine Botterill
Katherine is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Edinburgh Napier University and Associate Fellow at the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. Her research interests span political and social geography focusing on international migration, identity and the lifecourse, with particular concern for the socio-spatial inequalities embedded in human mobility. Her projects include a doctoral thesis entitled ‘Polish Mobilities and the Re-making of Self, Family and Community’ (Newcastle University, 2008-12), and postdoctoral projects on ‘Lifestyle Migration in East Asia’ (Loughborough University, 2012-13; with Karen O Reilly, Rob Stones and Maggie Lee), and ‘Young Peoples Everyday Geopolitics in Scotland’ (Newcastle and Edinburgh University, 2013-16; with Peter Hopkins, Rowena Arshad and Gurchathen Sanghera).