Hello from Helen

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...

Meet Helen

Hello! My name is Dr Helen Hanna and I am an academic and trainer, originally from the UK.

My specialisms are education, migration, citizenship and human rights, as well as creative research methods and writing for publication. I am passionate about ensuring that all learners find a place in education where they can belong and thrive, and I believe being creative in the methods we use as researchers and educators can help. I am also committed to supporting early career researchers from across the world find their voice in writing for publication. I really enjoy working alongside early career researchers and teachers in both research and training, so that we can all learn from each other. I have conducted research in England, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Canada and China. I have facilitated writing and research methods training in England, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and China, to academics from diverse backgrounds and career stages. I am equally comfortable offering training online as I am face-to-face. 

If you are passionate about any - or all! - of these things, then I'd love to work with you, so do please get in touch.


Academic qualifications

PhD Citizenship Education in Northern Ireland and Israel within an Education Rights Framework. School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast. September 2010 – July 2014.
Master of Divinity (Theology) Pass with Merit, Queen’s University Belfast. February 2006 – December 2010.
CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults), Belfast Metropolitan College. September 2008 – February 2009.
Master of Arts (Honours) 2:1 French and Russian, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. September 2000 – July 2004.
University of Leeds Teaching and Research Award, University of Leeds. December 2014 – December 2015. 
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. December 2015.
Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education, Leeds Trinity University. September 2016 – September 2017.

Teaching, training and consultancy

▪ Lecturer – Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester. April 2022Ongoing.
▪ Assistant Professor – Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Education University of Hong Kong. August 2020February 2022.
Associate Research Fellow – Institute for International and Comparative Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai. April 2019—July 2020.
Director, Writing for Academic Publication. December 2018 – Current.
Academic Consultant – Design and delivery of a programme for Early Career Researchers attending LDC-MLE Conference – British Council Thailand. March 2019 – March 2020.
Visiting Researcher and Trainer in Writing for Publication – Division of Multicultural Education, Faculty of Education, Chiang Mai University. January 2019 – ongoing.
Trainer in Writing for Academic Publication – full competitive funding from the British Academy to design and deliver a two-day academic journal writing workshop for Chinese education scholars, at East China Normal University, Shanghai. December 2018.
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) – Institute of Childhood and Education, Leeds Trinity University. September 2014—April 2019.
English Language Teacher – Centre for Global Programmes, University of York. August 2014—August 2018 (summer only).

Professional Representation
▪ Associate Editor, Human Rights Education Review. 2021—ongoing.
▪ College of Reviewers member, Compare: Journal of International and Comparative Education. 2019—ongoing.
▪ International Development Peer Review College member, UK Research and Innovation. 2018—ongoing.
▪ Winston Churchill Fellow. 2017—ongoing.
▪ Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 2016—ongoing.
▪ Editorial Board/International Advisory Board member for the British Journal of Educational Studies. 2015—2022.
▪ Executive Committee member of the Society for Educational Studies. 2015—2019.
▪ Executive Committee member and Student Representative for the British Association for International and Comparative Education. 2012—2014.
▪ Member of British Association for International and Comparative Education. Current.
▪ Member of International Association of Intercultural Education. Current.
▪ Member of British Education Research Association. Current.
▪ Reviewer for British Education Research Journal, British Journal of Educational Studies, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, International Journal of Educational Development, Teaching and Teacher Education, Children’s Geographies, Literacy. Current.