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 and participatory arts.
Currently, I am working on four projects:
I am leading a British Academy project that looks at developing gender-responsive peacebuilding framework to understand the factors, structures and mechanisms that can enable women as peacebuilders in their own communities within the context of Syria and Turkey.
AHRC GCRF Network Plus Grant, Decolonising Peace Education in Africa: I am a Co-I on this four-year-long project (2020-2024) that seeks to widen access to quality peace education by developing context and gender-sensitive pedagogic content and design of delivery for use among young people across Africa.
AHRC GCRF Project, Youth agency, civic engagement, and sustainable development: Ideas for Southern Africa (Co-I). This project aims to establish and strengthen channels of engagement between youth, CSOs, NGOs, and other stakeholders within the region of Southern Africa. Using Zimbabwe and South Africa as case study countries, we reconcile lessons learnt from the Changing the Story projects led in these countries.
I am also 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.
Before coming to Lancaster, I worked at the Open University, UK, Istanbul Ticaret University, Turkey, and the University of Free State, South Africa (visiting research fellow). I hold a PhD in Gender, Education and International Development from the University of Nottingham. I did my MA at the University of Dublin, Trinity College and completed a BA in Education at Gazi University, Ankara.
My research interests include gender, international development and peacebuilding in education. I use participatory art methods and feminist theories to address injustices faced by communities (such as refugees, conflict-stricken groups or ethnic minorities) and to understand how formal peace education can be developed using appropriate pedagogies.
AHRC GCRF Network Plus - Decolonising Peace Education in Africa (2020-2024)
AHRC GCRF -Youth agency, civic engagement, and sustainable development: Ideas for Southern Africa (2020-2021)
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 PhD projects in the following areas of research: International Development and Education; Gender and Education; Refugee Education; Gender and Social Justice related research in Sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey and the Middle East.
Gender-responsive Peacebuilding for Intercommunal Conflict Transformation
26/01/2020 → 25/01/2021
GCRF Development Award: Contextualising peace education
01/08/2019 → 31/07/2020
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