CIER’s international research and consultancy has focussed mainly on developing countries and those countries in conflict, post-conflict or other situations of fragility.
Research skills include the sensitive use of qualitative methodologies in such contexts, employing interviews, participant observation, focus group activities and other forms of democratic engagement which respect the rights of participants. CIER has developed particular skills in working with young people in schools and other arenas to engage them fully in the research process. Consultancy skills also draw on such expertise and sensitivity in the conduct of evaluations or needs analyses, as well as in subsequent report writing. Experience in quantitative methods can also be drawn upon, for example in survey work and the use of large scale secondary data sets. Our comparative work has also meant engagement in various European and North American contexts.
Main research interests
Michele Schweisfurth (Director of CIER) - democratic education and university internationalisation.
Danielle Beswick - post conflict reconstruction, in particular in Rwanda
Tom Bischoff - school marketing, financial and project management
Marion Bowl - the adult community, post-compulsory education and non-formal approaches to education.
Laura Day-Ashley - the study of the private sector and non-state actions in education, particularly in developing countries
Lynn Davies - education and conflict, as well as education and extremism
Clive Harber - the role of education in democratisation and the creation of cultures and systems of peaceful conflict resolution.
Paul Lynch - the educational inclusion of children with visual impairment in developing countries.