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Elizabeth (Liz) Maber


University Lecturer in Sociology of Education

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  • PhD Education and International Development (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • MSc Transatlantic Studies (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • MA (Hons) Modern Languages and Classics (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Member of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)
  • Member of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) and the Education, Conflict and Emergencies Special Interest Group (ECE SIG)
  • Member of the Interagency Network on Education in Emergencies (INEE)

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Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Maber’s teaching and research explores the relationship between education, social justice and building peace in international contexts particularly in relation to gender and intersectional experiences of social inequalities.

Liz previously worked as a teacher, curriculum writer and consultant in international education and development (including in Tunisia, Chile, Myanmar and Thailand) and since 2009 has worked particularly with women-led civil society organisations in situations of conflict and displacement. Through her academic research she examines the multi-scalar influences at play in formal and non-formal education practices and the opportunities for education to contribute to socially just peacebuilding in conflict affected contexts. In recent work she has explored cross-border movements, women-led community education practices and female citizenship constructions in times of transition.

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Research Topics

  • Education for social justice, inclusion and peacebuilding
  • Feminism, gender and intersectionality
  • Education in emergencies, conflict and crises
  • Cross-border movements and transitions, including issues in refugee education and resettlement
  • International and national educational policy and reforms, including inclusive approaches to policy, planning and implementation
  • Qualitative research and ethnographic methods

Previous Research Project(s)

  • Researcher: BACKUP Education in Africa Impact Study (partnership with GIZ)
  • Researcher & Fieldwork Co-ordinator (Yangon): Research Consortium on Education & Peacebuilding (partnership with the University of Amsterdam, University of Sussex, Ulster University and UNICEF)

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  • Postgraduate
    • Route coordinator for MPhil Knowledge, Power and Politics in Education
    • Teaching in MPhil Education, Globalisation and International Development
  • Undergraduate
    • Track Manager for Education Tripos – Education, Policy and International Development (EPID)
    • Teaching in EPID (Education, Global Inequalities and Social Justice; International Issues in Inclusion and Diversity; Critical Debates in Education, Policy and International Development), Sociology of Education, Designing Educational Research.

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Principal and Recent Publications

Lopes Cardozo, M.T.A and Maber, E.J.T. (eds.) (2019) Sustainable Peacebuilding and Social Justice in Times of Transition: Findings on the Role of Education in Myanmar. Springer.

Maber, E.J.T. (2018) Undoing exclusions / expanding inclusion: conceptualising spaces for gendered learning and citizenship constructions in Myanmar's transition. Curriculum Inquiry. 48:5, 560-579.

Maber, E.J.T. and Pyo Let Han (2018) Challenging gender inequalities through education: exploring the work of women's organisations in Myanmar's transition. pp. 268-280, in Women of Asia: Globalization, Development, and Social Change, edited by L. Lindsey and M. Najafizadeh. Routledge.

Maber, E.J.T. (2016) Finding feminism, finding voice? Mobilising community education to build women's participation in Myanmar's political transition. Gender and Education, 28:3, 416-430.

Maber, E.J.T. (2016) Cross-border transitions: navigating conflict and political change through community education practices in Myanmar and the Thai border. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 14:3, 374-389.

Maber, E. (2014) (In)Equality & Action: the role of women’s training initiatives in promoting women’s leadership opportunities in Myanmar. Gender and Development, 22:1, 141-156.

Elizabeth (Liz) Maber

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