Dr Melis Cin

Lecturer 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.