Gihan Ismail

Gihan Ismail


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Research interests

I am an Associate Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University and a teaching assistant in Education at the University of Bath. I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Education and my study explores the experiences of international doctoral students in UK universities, using a framework that draws on the theories of Critical Pedagogy and Critical Race and Capabilities Approach. My focus is on the complex relationship between knowledge, power and ethics. 

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I teach and co-convene multiple modules at the Departments of Education, Sociology and Social and Policy Sciences.  

Research interests:

  • Race and ethnicity in higher education 
  • Social and epistemic justice 
  • Higher education critical pedagogies 
  • Knowledge politics 

I am also engaged in a number of academic and research activities: 

  • BERA ECR convenor 
  • Assistant book editor for the Journal of Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL) 
  • Reviewer for the European Conference of Educational Research (ECER) - Research in Higher Education group 
  • Member of the Western Widening Participation Research Cluster (WWPREC)

External positions

Associate Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

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