Non-formal Inter-communal Education in Birmingham (NICE-B)

This project works with a network of non-formal educators in Birmingham’s cultural and community sectors to co-produce innovative learning and teaching resources that help to foster greater understanding, empathy and relations between Birmingham’s diverse communities. 

It also makes the expertise of non-formal educators and educational researchers available to schools in the city, supporting the development of new pedagogic and curricular approaches and improving education for everyone.

The Research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Research team

Dr Reza Gholami (PI)

Reza is a Reader in Sociology of Education. He is also Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Education. He earned his PhD in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London, where he also conducted post-doctoral research funded by the AHRC.

His research interests are:

  1. Impact of transnationality and diversity on education practice and policy;
  2. Inequalities/inequities in education access and outcomes (especially related to Islamophobia and secularism)
  3. Educational responses to extremism;
  4. Innovative models of (citizenship) education for the future. 

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Dr Reza Gholami

Giada Costantini (Research Assistant) 

Giada is a second year PhD student in the School of Education working on the project Disability Under Siege. Her research is focused on the lived experiences of disabled Syrian refugee children in accessing education and learning space in Lebanon. Giada holds a Master’s degree in International Education and Development from the University of Sussex where her research investigated the impact of family wealth on students’ learning outcomes in Jordan.  

giada costantini


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