Dr Yulia Nesterova
- Lecturer in International and Comparative Education (School of Education)
I am Lecturer in International and Comparative Education based in the School of Education.
My other current roles include:
- Associate Editor of the journal Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education
- Academic Lead of the Low and Middle Income Countries Research Network
- Conference Chair of the 2023 conference of the UK Education and Development Forum (UKFIET) on the topic of "Education for Social and Environmental Justice: Diversity, Sustainability, Responsibility."
My research interests centre around (1) inequalities and injustices in education, (2) education for peace and justice, and (3) how partnerships and youth and community engagement can address and redress inequalities and injustices, and help establish lasting and just peace.
I joined Glasgow in January 2020 and until December 2021 I was Research Associate in Education and International Development, working on a large multi-country project at the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), University of Glasgow, funded via UK Research and Innovation as part of the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund. We worked with partners in seven countries (Bangladesh, China, India, Rwanda, the Philippines, South Africa, and Tanzania) investigating inequalities in education, health, and livelihoods created by rapid urbanisation. As part of SHLC, I continue to co-lead a project on educational planning to achieve Education 2030 with partners in Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Rwanda, in partnership with UNESCO IIEP (2021-ongoing).
I am also co-leading an ESRC-funded project on building capacities of international actors for youth inclusive peace processes and leading two projects on (1) multiculturalism and teacher education and (2) peace education in Scotland.
We recently completed an ESRC-funded project on youth engagement in peace processes, the report for which can be found here as well as a GCRF-funded project on lifelong learning with partners in Benin, Kenya, Rwanda and a British Academy-funded project on local and place-based approaches to peacebuilding, the reports for which will be available soon.
I have a wide-ranging and varied professional experience in research, policy development, curriculum design, and programme and project management with education institutions, governments, multi-laterals, and foundations/NGOs across the world. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow in January 2020, I worked as a consultant on peace and sustainability in Asia-Pacific for UNESCO Bangkok, in partnership with the Governments of Japan and Thailand, and a consultant on prevention of violent extremism for UNESCO MGIEP, in partnership with the Australian Government. My other key research projects and publications have focused on the rights, education, and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, ethnic and religious minorities, women in complex and sensitive contexts, and other vulnerable populations. I have conducted extensive research in Taiwan, Ethiopia, Hong Kong S.A.R., Russia, and Brazil, and worked with UNESCO’s Member States in Asia and the Pacific.
PhD (Education), University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R.
MA (Education and Globalisation), University of Oulu, Finland
MA (History/African Studies), Dalarna University, Sweden
Education, Development, and Peace in general.
- Addressing inequalities/injustices faced by minority groups (Indigenous, religious, and ethnic) in and through education/learning
- The role of education in peacebuilding, reconciliation, and conflict transformation
- Adult and youth lifelong learning (life skills, continuing training, citizenship learning) for development and peacebuilding
- Gender, education/learning, and health in conflict and post-conflict areas
- Local, place-based, community-driven solutions and programming for development
- Ethical and effective engagement of marginalised (unreachable) populations in peacebuilding and development
- Evidence-based and transformational education policy and policymaking
- Meaningful youth engagement for peace and security: Building capacities of international partners for youth inclusive peace processes. (Co-I, Economic and Social Research Council, Impact Acceleration Account, 2021-2023)
- Local challenges, global imperatives: cities at the forefront to achieve Education 2030. (PI, SHLC Capacity Development Acceleration Fund, 2021-2022)
- Local, place-based, and community-driven approaches to peacebuilding. (PI, British Academy/Leverhulme grant, 2020-2021)
- Developing inclusive lifelong learning policies and practices in the Global South. (PI, Global Challenges Research Fund grant, 2020-2021)
- Youth-led peace: inclusion of youth in peace processes. (Co-I, Economic and Social Research Council, Impact Acceleration Account, 2020-2021)
- Preparing teachers for inclusive education. (PI, Kazan Federal University Fund, Innovative Research in Education, 2020)
- Experiences of local research postgraduate students at the University of Hong Kong. (Co-I, University of Hong Kong Teaching Development Grant, 2019-2021)
- Teacher perceptions of Indigenous learners in Taiwan. (PI, Universitas21, 2018-2019)
- Experiences of international research postgraduate students at the University of Hong Kong. (Co-I, University of Hong Kong Teaching Development Grant, 2016-2018)
Learning for global health in cities - Community resilience and the strengthening of learning systems. (with Mike Osborne and Ramjee Bhandari, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2021)
- National and subnational approaches to regulating private technical and vocational education and training: comparative insights from Asia and Africa. (with Queralt Capsada-Munsech, UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report, 2020-2021)
- Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing for a sustainable living. (with Sarah Jane Moore, UNESCO Futures of Education, 2020)
- The UNESCO Together for Peace T4P Initiative: A shared commitment to building a peaceful and sustainable future in Asia-Pacific. (Consultant, UNESCO Office Bangkok and Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific, 2019)
- #YouthWagingPeace - Prevention of violent extremism through education. (Consultant, UNESCO MGIEP, 2016-2018)
Knowledge Exchange Grants:
Visions of peace’: Arts-based workshops for youth and community members (Co-lead, Economic and Social Research Council, Festival of Social Sciences, 2022 and A Celebration of Learning for Life @ ARCadia, 2022)
- "Neighbourhood matters" virtual event (Co-lead, Economic and Social Research Council, Festival of Social Sciences, 2020)
I am currently only able to accept new applications for supervision if the focus of your research is on peace education, peacebuilding, and/or education in conflict environments.
Current PhD Supervision
Samuel Ayo-Adepoju, "How does the upbringing of Afro-Caribbean children in the UK impact their adulthood and academic achievements?"
Jingting Gong, "Home-school co-operation in public urban and rural schools in China: A comparative study of remote education opportunities and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic"
Current MSc Supervision
Galina Pelikhova, "Comparative study of language teachers’ experiences of employing intercultural education when working with displaced children and youth in the Netherlands and Germany"
Timothy Dziedzom Amaglo-Mensah, "An exploration of teachers’ perceptions on peace education in secondary schools in Ghana"
Farishta Afzaly, "Impact of one-on-one formal mentorship on Afghan students’ personal growth and academic achievement"
Past PhD Supervision
Dr Rhona Brown, "Perceptions and experiences of urban school, home and neighbourhood learning spaces, and implications for pedagogy in Tanzanian primary schools. A comparative case study" (graduated in 2022)
IntM Education Policies For Global Development (GLOBED) (Erasmus Mundus)
Course leader, International and Comparative Education
International and Comparative Education (ICE) (MSc)
Course leader, Internationalisation of Education
Previously, I contributed to the course Modern Educational Thought (Semester 2, 2022).
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2015-2019: PhD Scholarship (incl. fieldwork, travel grants) (University of Hong Kong)
- 2017: Scholarly Excellence Award (Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia)
- 2017: New Scholar Award (Oceania Comparative and International Education Society)
- 2017: Earnest Fellowship, Human Rights Protection (Common Ground Centre, Kenya)
- 2011: Academic Excellence (University of Oulu Scholarship Foundation)
- 2022 - current: Associate Editor, Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education
- 2020 - 2021: International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives
Professional & learned societies
- 2020 - present: Member, Development Studies Association, Ireland
- 2018 - present: Member, Asia and the Pacific Policy Society
- 2018 - present: Member, Comparative Education Society of Europe
- 2017 - present: Member, Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training
- 2017 - present: Member, Comparative and International Education Society
- 2016 - present: Member, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
- 2015 - present: Member, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
Selected international presentations
- 2019: Comparative and International Education Society (USA)
- 2019: American Educational Research Association (Canada)
- 2018: Comparative and International Education Society (Mexico)
- 2018: Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (New Zealand)
- 2018: Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (New Zealand)
- 2018: Comparative Education Society of Europe (Cyprus)
- 2018: Comparative Education Society of Asia (Cambodia)
- 2017: Comparative and International Education Society (USA)
- 2017: Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (Australia)
- 2017: Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (New Caledonia)
- 2016: Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (Fiji)
- 2016: Comparative Education Society of Asia (Philippines)
- 2016: World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (China)
- 2016: Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (UK)
Non-academic presentations and workshops
- “Belonging” and UNESCO MGIEP’s #YouthWagingPeace – Youth-led guide on prevention of violent extremism through education [with W.Y. Alice Chan]. World Anti-Bullying Forum, Ireland, June 2019.
- It’s not enough to counter violent extremism, we need to prevent it. DefenceIQ’s 17th Annual Countering Violent Extremism Global Event, London, May 2018.
- Workshop for human rights teachers, scholars, and activists: UNESCO MGIEP Youth-led Guide on Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education [with Carolyn Nash]. 8th International Conference on Human Rights Education, Canada, December 2017.
- Training for teachers and school administrators: Exploring Push and Pull factors of Violent Extremism. UNESCO MGIEP Capacity Building Workshop for Teachers on Preventing Violence Extremism, India, August 2017.
- Training for teachers and school administrators: Key Interventions in Prevention of Violent Extremism. UNESCO MGIEP Capacity Building Workshop for Teachers on Preventing Violence Extremism, India, August 2017.
Voice of Islam's Breakfast Show 30.03.2022: "Young people play an important role in maintaining peace."
Peer reviewer of grant proposals, articles, book proposals, conference papers:
- Research council: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); British Academy
- Academic journals: Policy Futures in Education; International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives; Educational Philosophy and Theory; European Journal of Higher Education; Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education; International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education; Cambridge Journal of Education; Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education; Urban Studies
- Academic book publishers: Bristol University Press; Springer Briefs in Education
- Academic Conference: Comparative and International Education Society
Other service to profession:
Conference Committee Member:
Sponsorship Commitee Lead
Member, School of Education Ethics Committee, University of Glasgow, 2021-current
Member of Research Concordat Working Group, University of Glasgow, 2020-current
Co-editor, Encyclopaedia of Education for Sustainable Development, The University of Hong Kong, 2015-2020
Assistant Editor, Society’s Newsletter, Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, 2016-2018
Moderator, online discussion on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education. Invited by UNESCO MGIEP, 2017
UNESCO TAGe Delegate, UNESCO International Conference on Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education: Taking Action (New Delhi), 2016