Meet the Team

UK Team

Barbara Read is a sociologist of education and is currently a Reader in Gender and Social Inequalities within the School of Education, University of Glasgow. She was previously PI for the ESRC funded research network, Examining Gender in Higher Education: STEM and Beyond. A UK-African countries network, with colleagues in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, and the Gambia. Her publications include the co-authored book with Carole Leathwood, Gender and the Changing Face of Higher Education: A Feminised Future? London: SRHE & Open University Press (2008).

Srabani Maitra is a Professor in Sociology of Adult and Vocational Education wiithin the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. She is interested in issues of adult learning, skill, racial and class relations, transnational migration, lifelong learning, vocational education and education policy. She is the co-author with S. Guo of Decolonising Lifelong Learning in the Age of Transnational Migration, London: Routledge (2020).

Srabani is also currently on another project, Exploring Initial School Integration among Syrian Refugee Children (PI Prof. Yan Guo, University of Calgary). This project is informed by a critical policy sociology approach, and focuses on newcomer Syrian refugee children’s school transition policies and aims to bring new voices of immigrant as well as refugee parents and children into the educational policy process in Canada.

Bonnie Slade is the Programme Leader for the International Master in Adult Education for Social Change (Erasmus Mundus) within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. She is interested in how adult education, across a variety of contexts (workplace, higher education, community) can work as a tool for social change and individual empowerment. Her publications include a co-authored book with Nupur Gogia called, About Canada: Immigration, Fernwood: Halifax (2011).

Bonnie currently sits on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Lifelong Education, the European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults (RELA), and the Malta Review of Educational Research.  She is also the Reviews Editor for the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, and is serving as the Chair of the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults until 2023.

Catherine Lido is a Professor in Psychology and Adult Learning within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. She is currently co-investigator on several research projects including the Urban Big Data Centre and the Virtual In Situ Networking for Engineering Training (VisNET).

Professor Lido’s research interests are mainly within the social psychology of education and particularly in using novel methods to capture inequalities in all forms of learning. She is passionate about inclusion, prejudice-reduction and widening participation into higher education, and making adult learning more inclusive in formal and less formal settings. 

Zyra Evangelista is a PhD researcher, Research Associate, and Associate Tutor at the University of Glasgow. Their primary research interest is in LGBT+ psychology, particularly in understanding anti-LGBT+ prejudice and its impact on LGBT+ identity development and well-being. Zy’s PhD project is supported by a Newton Fund grant and involves a mixed-method, cross-country comparative assessment of the campus climate for LGBT+ university students in the UK and Philippines. The work that Zy has completed has led to them being selected as one of the University of Glasgow Future World Changers and being Highly Commended for the PsyPAG Rising Researcher Award (2020). Zy is currently the PsyPAG representative for the British Psychological Society Psychology of Sexualities Section and British Psychological Society Education and Training Board, inaugural PsyPAG Workshops Subcommittee Chair, and Book Review Editor for the Psychology of Sexualities Review.

Dr. Preeti Dagar is a Research Associate at the School of Education, University of Glasgow. Preeti holds a PhD in Education and Urban Studies and a Masters in Adult Education for Social Change from the University of Glasgow.  Preeti has worked with various international and local organisations such as UNIDO (Austria), UNESCO UIL (Germany), grassroots level NGOs in India, and refugee organisations. As a multidisciplinary researcher, her interests lie in migration, international development, gender issues, adult education, and postcolonial perspectives.

Daniel Leyton is a political sociologist of education, with a PhD in Education from the University of Sussex, and Master of Arts in Sociological Research from the University of Essex. He is currently a research associate at the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. Previously he was a Lecturer in at the Department of Education Policy, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile. His work has been focused on class, gender, racial and epistemic inequalities and power within higher education, internationalisation, and academics.

India Team

Manish Thakur is a Professor at the Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata. He is the author of two books – Indian Village: A Conceptual History (Rawat, Delhi, 2014) and The Quest for Indian Sociology (IIAS, Shimla, 2014) – and has co-edited two volumes – Management Education in India: Perspectives and Practices (Springer, 2017) and Doing Theory: Locations, Hierarchies and Disjunctions (Orient BlackSwan, 2018).

Saikat Maitra is Assistant Professor at the Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management – Calcutta, Kolkata. He has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published in the area of labour and urban studies. His current research interests include the history of vocational education in India and India’s current ‘Skill Mission’.

Rwanda Team

Jane Umutoni is an Assistant Lecturer and Researcher within the College of Arts and Social Sciences – Centre for Gender Studies (CGS) at the University of Rwanda. She is also currently a PhD candidate at SLU, Sweden.

Josephine Malonza is an enthusiastic and curious architect and urban designer keen on the dialectical relations between Architecture and Society, particularly passionate about quality of life in urban areas. She is the founding dean, of the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, in the University of Rwanda, where she has been substantially involved in teaching, research and community engagement for the last eleven years. Her work inspired by the unique concept of cultivating learning environments that are participatory, reflective, action-focused and change-oriented.