Dr Melis Cin

Lecturer in Education and Social Justice


My research interests focus on gender justice, education and development. Most of the work I have done analyses issues regarding women’s development through education and the implications of gender, economic, social and political inequalities on education and human development. I also work with marginalised, disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, including refugees and exploring how formal/informal education in such communities can be used to achieve sustainable development. Alongside these issues, I have kept up an interest in methodological issues such as feminist research, online research methods, participatory action research and arts-based research methodologies.

Currently, I am working on three projects:

I am PI on a network project funded by AHRC GCRF. I am collaborating with colleagues within an international network to focus on arts and peacebuilding between Forcefully displaced populations and Host community youth across three contexts: South Africa, Turkey and Uganda, which are among the largest refugee-receiving and hosting countries. The project aims to push forward a new research and impact agenda and conduct a pilot research in each country, exploring how the escalating tensions in LMICs between young FDPs and host communities can be addressed through use of photographs as an intercultural learning tool and photography as an informal learning methodology to understand the everyday inequalities in shared public spaces between FDPs and host communities. The network is built on proposing an arts-based methodology for conflict-management and using photographs as educational artefacts to gain local and cultural knowledge. The use of photovoice methodology provides a creative space for expression of identities and encourage refugees to become part of the arts and culture scene.

I am PI on an AHRC GCRF commissioned project ( Street art to promote representation and epistemic justice among marginalized rural Zimbabwean youth) from AHRC CTS Network Grant. This project focuses on rural Binga, a significantly underdeveloped rural district in Zimbabwe, and seeks to document marginalisation, social violence and exclusion through participatory street art with the aim of encouraging social cohesion, making their experiences and knowledge visible, and contributing to epistemic justice.

I am also running an EU funded Jean Monnet project (2017-2020: Women’s Development and Europeanisation of Gender Policies) which critically engages with the literature on Europeanisation, the EU gender policies, and develops a feminist rationale and theory for sustainable gender equality policy making.