Dr Melis CinLecturer 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.
Before coming to Lancaster, I worked at the Open University, UK, Istanbul Ticaret University, Turkey, and University of Free State, South Africa (visiting research fellow) and before that I spent five years at the University of Nottingham pursuing a PhD on human development, gender justice and education. Prior to Nottingham, I did my MA at University of Dublin, Trinity College and BA in Education at Gazi University, Ankara.
Melis' research interests include gender, development and peacebuilding and conflict in education. She particularly works on Africa and Turkey. She uses arts (photography, street art) to address injustices faced by communities (such as refugees, conflict-stricken groups or ethnic minorities) and to understand how a formal peace education can be developed using appropriate pedagogies.
EU Jean Monnet - Women's Development and Europeanisation of Gender Policies (2017-2020)
AHRC GCRF Network - PhotoVoice as an educational tool for intercultural learning and peacebuilding between Forcefully Displaced Populations and Host community youth in South Africa, Turkey , Uganda (2019-2020)
AHRC GCRF - Street art to promote representation and epistemic justice among marginalised rural Zimbabwean youth - 2019
I am currently teaching Researching Social Justice (PhD), Promoting Social Justice through Education (PhD), and Challenging Educational Inequalities (MA).
PhD Supervision Interests
I am interested in supervising Ph.D. projects in the following areas of research: Gender Equality/Justice in Education; Refugee Education; Forcefully Displaced Populations (FDP); Projects including participatory or arts-based methodologies; Human Development and Education; Education, FDP and Gender related research based in Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Africa, Turkey and Middle East.
Gender-responsive Peacebuilding for Intercommunal Conflict Transformation
26/01/2020 → 25/01/2021
GCRF: Street art to promote representation and epistemic justice among marginalized rural Zimbabwean youth
01/03/2019 → 30/11/2019
Women's Development and Europeanisation of Gender Policies
01/09/2017 → 01/09/2020
Facilitating equitable access and quality education for development: South African International Distance Education
01/11/2016 → 30/04/2019
- Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education