Dr. Stephen O Brien, School of Education, University College Cork

Dr. Stephen O' Brien

Dr Stephen O BrienDr Stephen O’Brien is a lecturer in the School of Education, University College Cork, Ireland.  He is a graduate of Cork, London and Bristol Universities.  He was a teacher of some 10 years in multicultural school settings in England, teaching mathematics and serving as Head of First Year. 

He has published widely on adult education; educational inclusion; educational policy; curriculum and assessment; and learning theory. 

He has just completed a four-year critical ethnography on learning in different school settings – the study, published by Routledge (2016), is entitled Inside Education – exploring the art of good learning.


Keynote Speakers

Critical Pedagogy
Professor Ivor Goodson, School of Education, University of Brighton

Prof Ivor Goodson

Ivor GoodsonBiography

Ivor Goodson, the General Editor of the The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History, is Professor of Learning Theory at the University of Brighton and International Research Professor at the University of Tallinn. He has worked in a number of countries: as Accord Research Professor at the University of Western Ontario, as Frederica Warner Professor at the University of Rochester, USA, and as a Visiting Scholar at: the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Sciences Po in Paris and the University of Barcelona and Stanford University, USA.  He is founding Editor of the Journal of Education Policy.


Dr. Tim Rudd, School of Education, University of Brighton

Dr Tim Rudd

tim RuddTim is a Principal Lecturer in the Education Research Centre, University of Brighton. He works on various projects reflecting his research interests in the sociology of education; educational technology; the politics and ideology of education and alternative education systems.

He currently leads the ‘Resisting Neo Liberal’ research group and has also led the ‘Critical Perspectives on Educational Technology’ programme. He also recently worked on RIAIPE3 – ‘An Inter-University Framework Programme for Equity and Social Cohesion Policies in Higher Education’. He also teaches and supervises doctoral students and is co-lead of the Narrative and Biographical Methods research cluster at the University of Brighton.

Tim is also founder of Livelab, a research and development organisation and has worked on numerous national and international projects and programmes. Currently he is Head of Research on the Teachers First Programme in Egypt, a professional development programme utilising NFC technology to support professional practice. He has also recently led on the development of Digital Literacy professional development assets for the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme, and was also the principal investigator for the ‘Whole School ICT Development (WSID)’ programme in Brunei

Tim was previously Senior Researcher at Futurelab, an educational technology charity, and prior to that he was Head of Evidence and Research at the British Educational and Communications Technology Agency (Becta).

Development Education
Dr. Fionnuala Waldron, Head of Education, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra

Dr Fionnual WaldonDr. Fionnuala Waldron is Head of Education in St Patrick’s College and Dean of the Faculty of Education. Fionnuala began her career in education as a primary teacher before becoming a teacher educator with a specialisation in history education in 1999. Since then, her research interests have grown to include teacher education (policy and practice), human rights and citizenship education and global citizenship education.

In 2005, Fionnuala established the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education in collaboration with colleagues in St Patrick's College and with Amnesty (Ireland).

In 2012, Fionnuala initiated a doctoral strand in teacher education as part of the Doctorate in Education (EdD) in St Patrick’s College.

In 2014, Fionnuala was awarded a Cregan Professorship.

In 2015, she was appointed Interim Executive Dean of the DCU Institute of Education.

Dr. Vanessa Andreotti, University of British Colombia

vanessaMy research examines historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence and global change. My publications in this field include analyses of political economies of knowledge production, discussions of the ethics of international development, and critical comparisons of ideals of globalism and internationalization in education and in global activism, with an emphasis on representations of and relationships with marginalized communities. My work in teacher education conceptualizes education as an expansion of frames of reference and of fields of signification with a view to expanding possibilities for ethical solidarities. My academic work is committed to protecting the public role of the university as critic and conscience of society and as a space of independent, multi-voiced, critically informed and socially accountable debates about alternative futures.

I am also a research fellow at the University of Oulu, where I was chair of global education from 2010 to 2013. I am also a research fellow at the Centre for Global Citizenship Education at the University of Alberta.