Professor Bonnie Slade
- Professor of Adult Education for Social Change (People, Place & Social Change)
I am the Programme Leader for the International Master in Adult Education for Social Change (Erasmus Mundus):
I am interested in how adult education, across a variety of contexts (workplace, higher education, community) can work as a tool for social change and individual empowerment.
I sit on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Lifelong Education, the European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults (RELA), and the Malta Review of Educational Research. I am the Reviews Editor for the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education.
From 2020 to 2023 I am serving as the Chair of the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults.
I am a proud member of Promoting, Interrogating and Mobilising Adult Learning and Education (PIMA).
I completed my Ph.d. at the University of Toronto in 2008, and was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Post Doctoral Research Fellow at York University (Canada) from 2008 to 2010. My interdisciplinary research draws on adult education, labour studies, migration studies, women’s studies and arts-informed research traditions to explore issues related to informal learning, migration and the labour market. Since 2001 I have presented my research at more than sixty national and international conferences, and have published my work in academic journals and edited books. I am the co-author of the book, “About Canada: Immigration” (Fernwood Publishers, 2011). My SSHRC-funded doctoral research examined how “Canadian work experience” requirements function to regulate immigrant professionals access to the labour market and contribute to the racialisation of the labour market; racialised immigrants are over represented in low skilled, low paid jobs despite their often superior educational credentials and international work experience. My interest in these issues has grown out of my experience working as an Electronics Engineering Technician at a global electronics manufacturing company.
Gendered Journeys: The trajectories of STEM students and graduates through higher education and into employment, in multiple global south contexts.
Funded by UKRI - Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)
International Master in Adult Education for Social Change (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree)
2015-2023 (current funding period)
Evaluating Learner-Centred Education as a Tool for Social Change in Adult Education: A European Comparative Study of Programmes for Migrants
Open University of Cyprus, University of Malta, Tallinn University, University of Glasgow
2016 - 2020
Migrating Medical Professional Knowledge: Learning to Regulate a Profession
British Academy / Leverhulme
Identity, Insecurity and Opportunity in Glasgow's East End: Perceptions of Regeneration and its Legacy' Project
University of Glasgow - Research Development Programme 2014/15
Supervisor; Gokben Demirbas, Research Assistant
Meeting of the Minds Fellow
British Education Research Association
I supervise Doctoral and Masters students across a wide range of areas:
- adult education and social justice
- professional learning
- gender and adult education
- transnational migration and adult education
I currently supervise the following doctoral students:
- Tahsina Akbar: Gendered Interpretations of Curriculum Texts in Bangladesh in the Context of UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals for Women’s ‘Empowerment
- Abdulkadir Alamu: A Study of the Challenges Facing Open and Distance Education and Stakeholders’ Perceptions on the Quality of ODE Programme in Nigeria
- Nicola Dickson: Use of art and creativity to empower, educate and enable vulnerable women
- Lauren Gatting: Reviewing the presentation of cancer in static visual narratives
- Keith Griffioen: How Do Working-Class Musicians Transition to Different Social and Cultural Contexts Throughout Their Careers?
- Lindsay Knox: Studying abroad: choosing a university
- Rika Yorozu Kurata: Understanding career development and aspirations of female community education specialists in Japan
- Emily Thompson: Gender and Care Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland
- Siobhan Whelan: Towards developing an understanding of creative schools in the Irish primary education system
- Liying Zhang: Transnational Migration in China
- Adamu, Abdulkadir
OPEN AND DISTANCE EDUCATION (ODE) IN NIGERIAN HIGHER EDUCATION: CHALLENGES AND RESPONSES
- Gatting, Lauren
- Lynch, Gary
- Whelan, Siobhan
- Zhang, Liying
A case study of students’ socio-cultural experiences within transnational branch campus in China
I have supervised the following graduates!
- Dr. Chris Colebrook: An interdisciplinary solution orientated coaching approach with applied theatre techniques: developing learning tools for effective group work and individual well-being in higher education
- Dr. Rosalie Doherty: Mirror, mirror: an exploration of female health promotion practitioners' understanding and experience of gender and how it connects with their practice in the promotion of women's health
- Dr. Rodolfo Farlan: Intensive care medicine’s resident-as-teacher workshops' impact on resident’s perception of their teaching skills
- Dr. Archibald Fulton: To what extent can participating in drug and alcohol education at university trigger transformative change? - with a focus on students whose beliefs are rooted with a lived experience of alcohol or drug problems
- Dr. Samir Halliru: Examining the Extent to which Skills Acquisition Training Develops Young Adults Lifelong Learning Attributes in Nigeria
- Dr. Louise Hastie: Training in a highly regulated industry: An examination of a certified nuclear operator training programme in Ontario
- Dr. Chris McAllister: Learning to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered in Scotland: the power of older adults’ voices for reinterpreting adult and Lifelong Learning theory, research and practice
- Dr. Lorna Reid: The social organisation of exclusion, “abandonment” and compulsory advance care planning conversations: How ruling concepts and practices about death, dying and the do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation form entered, organised and ruled the working practices of senior social care workers in a residential care home in Scotland: An institutional ethnography. (at Edinburgh Napier University, UK)
- Dr. Cherie Woolmer: Evaluating the impact of staff and students co-creating curricula in UK Higher Education
- Introduction to Adult Education for Social Change
- Adult Learning Placement
- Curriculum Development in Adult Education
- Introduction to Adult Education for Social Change
- International Issues in Adult Education
- IMAESC Dissertation Coordinator
- Psychology of Adult Learning
- Ed.D Open Studies 1 and 2
- Introduction to Research Methods for Community Development