Dr Melis CinLecturer in Education and Social Justice
I am a feminist researcher with a particular interest in exploring the relationship between education and international development. I also investigate how education can be used as a peacebuilding tool in conflict zones and use socially engaged art interventions as a way to understand the local meanings of peace in formal and informal education settings. 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 leading a British Academy project that looks at developing gender-responsive peacebuilding framework to understand the enabling factors, structures and mechanisms that can enable women as peacebuilders in their own communities within the context of Syria and Turkey.
I am co-leading an AHRC GCRF project on contextualising and gendering peace education in Zimbabwe and Nigeria through arts based intervention. The project uncovers community-centred approaches to peace to explore their potential for informing contextualised gender-sensitive peace education materials. In doing so, we aim to support peace educators to develop context-sensitive pedagogic content for higher education through innovations in the curriculum.
I am also principal investigator on 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 policymaking.
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)
British Academy – Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding for Intercommunal Conflict Transformation (2020-2021)
AHRC GCRF - Contextualising Peace Education in Nigeria and Zimbabwe: Networking as a Method (2019-2020)
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
Contextualising Peace Education in Nigeria and Zimbabwe: Networking as a Method
01/01/1900 → …
- Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education