Dr Preeti Dagar

  • Lecturer in Education Policy (School of Education)


Preeti is a Lecturer in Education Policy at the School of Education. She has an interdisciplinary PhD in Education and Urban Studies from the University of Glasgow. 

She has worked as a postdoctoral Research Associate on the ESRC-funded international research project – Gendered Journeys: the trajectories of STEM students through Higher Education and into Employment in India, Rwanda and the UK. She contributed to a multidisciplinary GCRF (£7m) project, Sustainable Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), with partners in Education, Urban Studies, and Health departments in seven countries across Africa and Asia. Her doctoral research focused on the complex interaction of international and national refugee education and livelihood policies with lived realities of five distinct refugee communities: Afghan, Rohingya, Somali, Chin and Tibetan. Prior to that, she worked with indigenous groups in India. 

Preeti’s research focuses on skills development, sustainable livelihoods, decent work, and social inclusion opportunities for different marginalised populations in the Global South. She is a co-investigator on a study, ‘Decolonising Higher Education’, that analyses a master’s programme from a postcolonial lens. 

Preeti has worked with various international and local organisations such as UNIDO (Austria), UNESCO UIL (Germany), grassroots-level NGOs in India, and refugee organisations. 


Research interests

  • Refugee education and migration 
  • International development 
  • Adult education 
  • Gender inequalities in education and employment 
  • Postcolonial perspectives


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University of Glasgow College of Social Sciences Research Fund
Awarded to analyse a master's programme from a decolonial lens. The research contributes to the global discourse on decolonising higher education.

GCRF-SHLC College of Social Sciences PhD Scholarship
University of Glasgow, 2018-2021

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Scholarship by European Union's Education, Culture and Audiovisual Executive Agency (EACEA)
International Master in Adult Education for Social Change (IMAESC), 2016-2018