Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusive Development
Dr. Mieke Lopes Cardozo is senior lecturer (tenured) at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam, and part of the Governance and Inclusive Development Research Group. Associate Fellow at the University of Sussex, Centre for International Education. Her academic research and teaching focuses on the role of education in processes of peacebuilding, social justice and transformation in the contexts of Sri Lanka, Aceh/Indonesia, Bolivia, Myanmar and inclusive higher education in the Netherlands. She recently co-directed the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding in collaboration with the University of Sussex, Ulster University and UNICEF. Appointed as Advisor for the Security Council mandated Progress Study on Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security (2016-2018). She was awarded the 2017 Comenius Teaching Fellowship to implement an education innovation project called Critical Development and Diversity Explorations. Chair of the Comenius Network Tracé Inclusive Higher Education of the KNAW (Royal Dutch Society for Science). Mieke is committed to work from a regenerative development perspective and is training with Regenesis since 2016. She connects this work, as well as her background and work as a certified yoga teacher, into her academic research and teaching.
Background and Research
Mieke has an academic background in International Relations, Conflict Studies, Latin American Studies (University of Utrecht) and International Development Studies (University of Amsterdam). She formerly worked at UNICEF in the Netherlands at the communications and education/youth department. She joined the UvA in 2007 for her doctoral research on Bolivia and between 2011-2016 she coordinated the ‘IS-Academie’ co-funded research project of the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also led a Research Consortium on Education, Social Justice and Peacebuilding in collaboration with the University of Sussex and the University of Ulster and co-directed the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding (2014-2016), a partnership with UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) programme, together with prof. Mario Novelli (University of Sussex), and prof. Alan Smith (University of Ulster). Mieke is also a certified yoga teacher.
Mieke conducted doctoral research on teachers and social change in Bolivia (2007-2011). Other research areas include the role of (non)formal peace education in Sri Lanka, peacebuilding education and female education leaders in the Islamic context of Aceh/ Indonesia, the relation between education policy, teachers roles’ and young people’s agency in Myanmar and teaching innovations for social justice and inclusivity in higher education.
Teaching - fostering the transformative potential of education
Mieke supervises a number of post-doc and PhD researchers and (Research) Master students in International Development Studies working on similar research topics. She also lectures in several BA and MA courses within the International Development Studies programme at the University of Amsterdam. She was involved in GLOBED, an EU Erasmus Mundus Plus-funded joint Masters on Education Policies for Global Development (2014-2018). She is associate fellow at the University of Sussex and has guest lectured at Sussex (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2020), LSE Institute of Education (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017), University of Malta (2014, 2017), Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (2014, 2015, 2016), University of Auckland (2013), Hogeschool Rotterdam (2010), UMSA La Paz (Bolivia, 2008, 2012), CEDLA (2011), Teachers College Columbia University (2016), University of Maastricht (2016), University of Groningen (2017), University of Minho, Portugal (2017), University of Oxford (2017).
Connecting a passion for research and teaching that focuses on social justice and transformation, the recently awarded Comenius Fellowship allows her to implement the Critical Development and Diversity Explorations innovation project in close collaboration with students. Through a co-created course with Research Master students from the International Development Studies Programme, we work on developing critical reflective skills to 1) recognise and unlearn deeply rooted, embodied and societal structures of othering, discrimination and exclusion; and 2) explore new, more socially just and transformative ways of relating to the world as a development-scholars/practitioners, by drawing on a range of alternative pedagogies.
Education for Transformation, Inclusive Development, Social and Gender Justice, Peacebuilding, Youth and Teacher Agency, Teacher Education, co-created and inclusive learning
For open access PDFs or links to recent publications please visit the Education and Development Webpage: http://educationanddevelopment.wordpress.com/members/mieke-lopes-cardozo/