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Dr Helen Hanna - Research and training

Hello! My name is Dr Helen Hanna and I am an academic and trainer. My research looks at education, migration, citizenship and human righ...



▪Hanna, H. (2019) Young People’s Rights in the Citizenship Classroom. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.

▪ Indrawan, M., Luzar, J., Hanna, H, Mayer, T. (Eds.) (2022) Civic Engagement in Asia: Transformative Learning for a Sustainable Future. Singapore: Springer.

Journal articles

▪ Hanna, H. (2022) Recognising silence and absence as part of multivocal storytelling in and through wordless picturebooks: Migrant learners in South Africa engaging with The Arrival. Literacy, 56:1, pp. 40-49.  https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/lit.12269

Hanna, H. and Kucharczyk, S. (2021) Example of best practice: Participatory film-making with migrant learners in practice. Intercultural Education, 32:3, pp. 348-351. https://doi.org/10.1080/14675986.2021.1886428

▪ Hanna, H. (2020) Crossing the border from ‘migrant’ to ‘expert’: exploring migrant learners' perspectives on inclusion in a primary school in England. Children’s Geographies, 18:5, pp. 544-556. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2018.1548693

▪ Hanna, H. (2020) New Migrant and English as an Additional Language learners in primary education in England: An overview of current research and key ideas. Nichiei Kyoikushi [Forum] No.5, published by Japan-UK Society for Educational Research. ISSN 2189-4922.

▪ Hanna, H. (2020) Photography as a research method with learners in compulsory education: A research review. Special issue on Visual Research Methods in Education. Beijing International Journal of Education, 2:1, pp.11-34. https://doi.org/10.1163/25902539-00201003

▪ Kucharczyk, S., & Hanna, H. (2020). Balancing teacher power and children’s rights: rethinking the use of picturebooks in multicultural primary schools in England. Human Rights Education Review, 3(1), 49-68. https://doi.org/10.7577/hrer.3726

▪ Hanna, H. (2018) Présenter, interroger, éviter, dépasser le conflit de « vérités »: Éducation civique et « vérités » controversées en Irlande du Nord [Presenting, interrogating, avoiding and transcending conflicting “truths”. Civic education and controversial “truths” in Northern Ireland]. Revue internationale d'éducation de Sèvres. 77, 113-122.

▪Hanna, H. & Kucharczyk, S. (2017) Sharing the tools of teaching and research: the value of picture-books. SPICE Journal, 20th February 2017. Available at: http://spicejournal.org/2017/02/20/sharing-the-tools-of-teaching-and-research-the-value-of-picture-books/

▪Hanna, H. (2017) Dealing with difference in the divided educational context: The cases of Northern Ireland and Israel. Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education. 47(1), 17-31. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2015.1119649

▪Hanna, H. (2016) ‘Everyone has to find themselves in the story’: Exploring the right to minority group representation in the citizenship curriculum in Northern Ireland and Israel. Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, 10(2), 84-97. https://doi.org/10.1080/15595692.2015.1084922

▪Alhawsawi, S. and Hanna, H (2013) Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals Framework: Student Voices. Compare Special Forum on the Post-2015 Education and Development Agenda, Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education, 46(6), 834-837. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2013.850285

Book chapters

▪ Hanna, H. (2022) Global citizenship education: The search for global cohesion. In Kerry J. Kennedy, Margarita Pavlova & John Chi Kin Lee (eds.). Soft Skills and Hard Values: Meeting 21st Century Challenges. Abingdon: Routledge.

▪ Hanna, H. (2021) ‘Listening to silence in the quest to offer migrant learners a ‘voice’ through picturebook research in South Africa’. In Fox, A., Busher, H. and Capewell, C. (eds.) Thinking Critically and Ethically about Research for Education. Abingdon: Routledge.

▪ Hanna, H. (2017) Developing citizenship in divided contexts. In P. Jarvis, J. Doherty and A. Mealy (Eds.) Everyday Social Justice and Citizenship. Routledge: Abingdon.


▪ Hanna, H. (2018) Including forcibly displaced students in higher education: What can the UK learn from Canada and Kenya? London: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. https://www.wcmt.org.uk/fellows/reports/including-forcibly-displaced-students-higher-education-what-can-uk-learn-canada-and

Media articles

▪ Hanna, H. (2022) Extra-curricular signs of hope during social unrest? Young people ‘doing’ global citizenship through social media. Engage, issue 25, p.4. London: Steve Sinnott Foundation. Available at: https://irp.cdn-website.com/87ddca53/files/uploaded/Engage%2025.pdf

▪ Hanna, H. (2019) Children’s right to participation and consultation: Involving them in creative visual research. In C. Capewell and A. Fox, How inclusive of children are our educational research methods?, Research Intelligence, Issue 39, Summer 2019, pp. 29-30. London: BERA. Available at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/researchers-resources/publications/summer-2019

Hanna, H. (2018) Researchers Drawing on Teacher’s Tools: Picturebook with Migrant Learners. BERA Blog, 19th December 2018. Available at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/researchers-drawing-on-teachers-tools-picturebooks-with-migrant-learners
Hanna, H. (2018) Forcibly Displaced Learners. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Blog, 18th December 2018. Available at: https://www.wcmt.org.uk/about-us/blog/blog-forcibly-displaced-learners

▪Hanna, H. and Kucharczyk, S. (2017) How to Use Picture Books to Get Your Class Talking about Emotions. The Guardian Teacher Network, 26th October 2017. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/oct/26/how-to-use-picture-books-to-get-your-class-talking-about-emotions

▪Hanna, H. and Kucharczyk, S. (2016) Five ways to help migrant children settle in your class. The Guardian Teacher Network, 22nd November 2016. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/nov/22/five-ways-to-help-migrant-children-settle-in-your-class

▪Hanna, H. (2016) How teachers can help migrant learners feel more included. The Conversation Africa, 1st April 2016. Available at: https://theconversation.com/how-teachers-can-help-migrant-learners-feel-more-included-56760

Book reviews

▪ Hanna, H. (2022) Book review of ‘Critical Studies of Education in Asia: Knowledge, Power and the Politics of Curriculum Reforms’. Edited by Leonel Lim and Michael Apple. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. 52:1, pp. 170-171.

▪ Hanna, H. (2020) Book review of ‘Understanding PISA’s Attractiveness’. Edited by Florian Waldow and Gita Steiner-Khamsi. British Journal of Educational Studies, 68:6, pp. 775-776. https://doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2020.1785789

▪Hanna, H. (2018) Book review of Handbook of Education in China. Edited by W. John Morgan, Qing Gu and Fengliang Li. Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2018.1451136

▪Hanna, H. (2016) Book review of Fifty Years of Comparative Education. Edited by Michele Schweisfurth. British Journal of Educational Studies, 64:1, pp. 400–401https://doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2016.1210309