Future Education


Dr Elaine Chase - UCL Institute of Education


Dr Elaine Chase is Senior Lecturer in Education, Health Promotion and International Development at UCL's Institute of Education. Her research focuses on the wellbeing outcomes of young people and communities, particularly those most likely to experience disadvantage and marginalisation. Elaine is Principal Investigator on an ESRC-funded study 'Becoming Adult' (www.becomingadult.net), exploring the wellbeing outcomes of former unaccompanied migrant young people after turning 18, and CoInvestigator on an international ESRC-DFID funded study examining ways to reduce stigma in antipoverty policies.

Dr Eileen Kennedy - UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education

Senior Research Associate

Dr Eileen Kennedy specialises in ways of enhancing and sharing practice in online and blended learning. This involves developing learning design tools (with Diana Laurillard), creating teacher communities online (e.g. through MOOCs) and researching the experience of learning online. In addition to her role with RELIEF, she is also a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Global Higher Education at UCL Institute of Education, where she works on the transformative potential of digital technologies in higher education.

Professor Diana Laurillard - UCL Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education


Professor Diana Laurillard is Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab at the Institute of Education. Professor Laurillard's research projects include: Developing in the Learning Designer suite of tools and online community for teachers and trainers, adaptive games apps for learners with low numeracy and dyscalculia and the use of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for professional development courses, and as a research tool.


Dr Mai Abu Moghli - UCL Institute of Education

Research Associate

Dr Mai Abu Moghli specialises in human rights education, education in refugee contexts and emergencies with a particular focus on the MENA region. In addition to her role as a research associate with RELIEF, Mai is a researcher on the Adult Education as a Means to Active Participatory Citizenship project (EduMap) focusing on adult education among adults at risk of social exclusion. She also manages the Active Citizenship Strand which is part of the UCL Global Citizenship Progarmme.


Dr Tejendra Pherali - UCL Institute of Education


Dr Tejendra Pherali is Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development at the UCL Institute of Education. His research and teaching focus mainly on interactions between education and conflict and the role of education in peace-building in fragile environments. Currently, he is leading research on higher education development in conflict-affected Somalia and educational innovations in refugee situations in Lebanon. He also leads a Masters course on Education, Conflict and Fragility at UCL Institute of Education.


Dr Maha Shuayb - Centre for Lebanese Studies


Dr Maha Shuayb is the Director of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, a visiting fellow at the Faculty of Education at the University of Oxford and the president of the Lebanese Association for History. Dr Shuayb's research focuses on the sociology and politics of education. Her research areas include education and social cohesion, refugee eduction, citizenship education and history education.