International Research

We are eager to collaborate with International partners, as well as PhD students both here and abroad (please see MaSPP). If you have any interesting research propositions, then please do get in touch with us on our Contact page.

We would love to hear from you!

Current Research

Civic Engagement and the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon

Academic Leads: Dr Claudia Sampaio and Dr Ornette D Clennon

Dr Ornette D Clennon (Visiting Professor of the Federal University of the Amazon) and Professor Lawthom (MMU) are currently working with Dr Cláudia Sampaio  (Federal University of the Amazon) on a Federal University of the Amazon funded research project that will examine how participative arts methodologies that use performative social science research, decolonial community psychology and critical race studies can facilitate processes of civic engagement for indigenous rural communities living in the Amazon area.

For more details, here.

Linked to Research: Project Mali, Manchester

Decoloniality in the Grassroots and The Re-emergence of the Black Organic Intellectual: The Key to Social Justice?

Comparative study of pedagogy between African and Caribbean teachers working in Namibia and the United Kingdom

Academic Lead: Amber Abisai

In partnership with the University of Namibia, Amber will be conducting research into the pedagogical practices of Namibian teachers and supplementary school teachers in the UK. The research will aim to uncover the similarities and differences between pedagogies in terms of the use culture and heritage as tools of motivational engagement, as it uncovers the localised versions of Ubuntu that underpin their respective teaching practices.

Linked to Research: Making Education a Priority (MEaP)

Decoloniality in the Grassroots and The Re-emergence of the Black Organic Intellectual: The Key to Social Justice?

Archived Research

Researching the African Philosophical Approach to Education as central pedagogy for African and Caribbean-led supplementary education

Academic Leads: Amber Abisai and Dr Ornette D Clennon

In partnership with Professor Yusef Waghid of Stellenbosh University, South Africa, we are exploring the application of an African Philosophical Approach to Education in a European context. The research will be led by Making Education a Priority (MEaP) and will involve examining the impact of a social justice-led pedagogy (Ubuntu) on African and Caribbean pupil attainment.

Linked to Research: Making Education a Priority (MEaP)

Underneath Blackness

Academic Leads: Dr Deanne Bell,  Dr Christopher Sonn and Dr Ornette D Clennon

Five black researchers explore what it means to be made black in contemporary Australia, Jamaica, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Together, we are attempting to critically interrogate blackness transnationally, recognizing its relationship to whiteness and the challenges that exist to uncouple one from the other.

For more details, here.

Linked to Research:

Keeping it Real? Applied Critical theory research and Community arts activism

Making Education a Priority (MEaP)

Project Mali, Manchester