Dr Jennifer Jomafuvwe Agbaire is a Research Associate at the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies in The Open University, UK, where she is managing and researching on the Ibali Network AHRC-funded project on storytelling and the educational inclusion of young people in Nigeria, South Africa and the UK. She is also an independent Research Associate on an IDRC-funded multi-country project on school leaders’ resilience using the Improvement Science approach and working with development partner organisations in Uganda, Kenya, Chile and the Philippines. Her research interests are around social inequalities and justice, educational equity and inclusion as well as innovative, creative and participatory research methods. Her work and experience span access, policy, leadership, teacher education and the teaching profession across all levels of education and with a greater focus on the Global South.
Jennifer has worked with the School of Education at the University of Bristol as Research Associate on education projects in Iraq, India and Nepal, and with the Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education at Bristol on a IIEP-UNESCO conceptual project on systems leadership in times of crisis for inclusive education, drawing on case studies of Jordan, Burkina Faso and Kenya. Jennifer has also worked with the Centre for International Education at the University of Sussex as Teaching Fellow and on a on a collaborative project on youth identities in Pakistan, Nigeria, Lebanon and Senegal. She also co-facilitated the Education and Social Work First-Year PhD support group at Sussex. Earlier, Jennifer had been leading the curriculum development and teaching of Comparative Education as Lecturer at the University of Benin, Nigeria. She also convened and taught separate undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Sociology of Education, Educational Philosophy and the history of education.
Jennifer is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). She holds a B.A(Ed) degree in English and Literature Education with First Class Honours from the University of Benin, an M.Ed in Comparative Education from the University of Lagos, and a PG.Cert. in Social Research Methods from the University of Sussex, where she also obtained her PhD researching Nigerian higher education policy for fair access.
Jennifer has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE) at the University of Bristol since January 2022.
Affiliation: Open University, UK
BAICE Role: Secretary
Conference 2022 Role: Theme Co-convenor: Experiencing education partnerships