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Lizzi Milligan


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Research interests

My research interests focus on issues of social justice and educational quality in low income countries. I particularly explore the disjuncture between policy and practice and the impact this has on inequalities in learning experiences and outcomes. I advocate the use of mixed-methods approaches to enable greater understanding of the impact of policies for teachers, learners and parents in school and community settings. I also have a strong interest in cross-cultural research, particularly regarding researcher positioning and ethics. 

In my current research, I am exploring collobaratively: 

  • The ways that language of instruction may impact on girls' educational experiences and outcomes in English Medium Rwandan basic education. This is funded by an ESRC new investigator award. 
  • The learning outcomes achieved through innovative heritage work with conflict-affected communities in Uganda. This is funded by an AHRC GCRF Network grant. 
  • The transformative potential of history education in conflict affected states. This is funded by a GW4 accelerator grant. 

Previous research includes multilingual learners' strategies in English medium schools in Cameroon; the potential for language supportive learning in English Medium classrooms in Rwanda; the barriers to the effective use of teaching and learning materials in Rwanda and South Africa; local and national perspectives of educational quality in Free Day Secondary Education in Kenya; and the processes of innovation in educational research. 

I am on the editorial board of the journal Compare and have been a member of the executive committee for the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE).

Research interests

  • Social Justice perspectives of education
  • English Medium Instruction
  • Education and International Development
  • Education policies in low income countries
  • Research in cross-cultural contexts

Willing to supervise PhD

I am interested in supervising new PhD students researching topics related to:

  • Education and International Development
  • Educational inequalities
  • Children’s rights and social justice perspectives
  • English Medium Instruction
  • Formal and informal education in conflict-affected states
  • Comparative Education 

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Kenya Social Sciences
secondary education Social Sciences
textbook Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
secondary school Social Sciences
Teaching Social Sciences
curriculum Social Sciences

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Projects 2014 2021

Research Output 2011 2019

Issues of (in)visibility and compromise in academic work in UK universities.

McIntosh, S., McKinley, J., Milligan, L. O. & Mikolajewska, A., 11 Jul 2019, In : Studies in Higher Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Understanding the role of learning and teaching support materials in enabling learning for all

Milligan, L. O., Koornhof, H., Sapire, I. & Tikly, L., 2019, In : Compare : A Journal of Comparative and International Education. 49, 4, p. 529-547 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
pedagogical support

Accessible, engaging textbooks could improve children’s learning

Milligan, L. O., 3 Dec 2017, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

A configurative review of textbook analysis research into history education about recent conflict

Paulson, J. & Milligan, L. O., 2017, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Latin America
1 Citation (Scopus)
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Open Access