Basma Hajir
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Research interests

My research interests lie in Education and International Development, Education and Conflict, Education in Emergencies (EiE), Higher Education, Refugee Education, and Peacebuilding.

I draw largely on post-colonial and decolonial thinking, engage in reflexivity about dynamics of power and marginalisation and promote a greater interdisciplinary collaboration so that the multidimensionality of human embodied experience and its interrelationship with oppressive structures can be adequately understood and addressed.

Philosophically speaking, I am drawn to the ontological and epistemological orientation of Critical Realism (CR) for its consistency with critical-emancipatory social science traditions and its alignment with decolonial studies and other counter-hegemonic projects. I am interested in exploring the potential of CR to advance more critical nuanced decolonial engagements.

I am open to supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Education and International Development (Topics grappling with education's humanitarian or developmental role in the Global South. This could include: education access, provision, quality, inequalities..etc.)
  • Education in Conflict Settings and Emergencies
  • Education for Peacebuilding and Post-conflict Recovery
  • Decolonising HE in the Global North and Global South
  • The Role of Education for Social Change
  • Peace Education/ Global citizenship education

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Education, Conflict and Peacebuilding, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge


Award Date: 13 Feb 2023

MPhil in Education, Globalisation and International Development, Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge


MA in Education (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), University of Birmingham


External positions

Peacebuilding Education Consultant, International Alert


Chief Editor of Cambridge Educational Research e-Journal, University of Cambridge


Chair of Cambridge Peace and Education Research Group, University of Cambridge



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