Dr Johanna Waters, Associate Professor in Human Geography, has been awarded the Brian Simon Fellowship for 2014 by the British Educational Research Association (BERA). The fellowship which commences in September 2014 includes funding for an 18-month qualitative study into internationalisation within secondary schools in England.
Named in honour of Brian Simon, a leading post-war educationalist and former BERA President and following a bequest from his family, the purpose of the Fellowship is to encourage research that is independent, imaginative, scholarly and dedicated to educational advance.
The project will involve interviews, web-analysis and ethnography within 10 schools, exploring different dimensions of 'internationalisation' in the contemporary school environment. This may include, but not be limited to, the presence of international pupils, the teaching of international curricula, the development of an overseas school presence (such as a 'branch campus'), and school expeditions.
More generally, Johanna's research includes an interest in international and transnational education and mobilities of various kinds, and work undertaken during the fellowship will build upon this.