In August 2015 I contributed to the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) conference

Building the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community

Towards a common identity: Learning from the European Union’s Experience

This is organised by ASEAN and the EU Delegation to Vietnam


I also spoke at the

University of Humanities and Social Sciences Hanoi

University of Social Sciences and Humanities  (Vietnam National University) Ho Chi Minh City


Şcoală de didactică universitară şi cercetare ştiinţifică avantsată

The Univeritaria project in Romania

I’m working with a team from London Metropolian University that is collaborating with five higher education institutions in Romania to develop research and teaching capacity.  The Universitaria project is supported by the European Commission.


Universitatea de Vest din Timișoara

Academia de Studii Economice, cu sediul în Piața, București

Universitatea Lucian Blaga din Sibiu

Unitatea Executivă pentru Finanțarea Învățământului Superior, București

Institutul de Știinte ale Educației, București

Over the past year we have been working with Romanian colleaguyes on this programme.  My role has been to contribute to the final conferences, in București, Timișoara and Sibiu.  In September to November 2015 my colleagues (Professor Sonia Mackay and Professor  John Gabriel) and I will be visiting these institutions to talk on aspects of higher education teaching and learning and about research.

My contributions will be on

  • The Nature of qualitative research 
  • Young people constructing identities in the new Europe
  • Aspects of PhD supervision

other current projects

Citizenship Education for Hard to Reach Learners in Europe

I’m co-editing this volume, with Michalis Kakos (Leeds Beckett University, UK) and Christoph Müller-Hofstede (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Germany).   

This volume is to be published in 2016.  It’s the work of the ‘Hard to Reach’ groupo of the Network for European Citizenship Education (NECE).   

The NECE has a variety of activities within its framework to encourage the organisation of contacts, co-operation and synergies in the field of citizenship education. NECE is not an institutionalised network, but a forum that allows the spectrum of stakeholders involved in citizenship education to interact with one another. The initiative´s chief goal is to promote the Europeanisation of citizenship education, and to contribute to the creation of a European general public.

The idea for this particular publication has been conceived within the framework of the NECE Hard to Reach Focus Group, which works as an open network of European scholars and practitioners.


The volume will aim to explore, understand and problematize different aspects of the efforts made to develop opportunities for citizenship education for marginalised groups. Our endeavour is to respond to the phenomenon of growing social exclusion in Europe, and to develop a better understanding of its association with political disengagement and radicalism.

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