Coleraine University Sean Higgins
Sean Higgins (Coleraine) came to the field of education and international development for twenty years in different contexts in England. He worked as a development and citizenship/lifeskills education coach in Coleraine. Developing a partnership between a school in inner-city London with a charity school for war affected adults in Freetown catalysed his interest in the transformative potential of education, not only in so called peaceful societies but also in post-conflict contexts. This led to teacher training, curriculum development and teaching with several charities and NGOs in Sierra Leone travelling from Coleraine.
Sean Higgins has worked for UNICEF and the International Rescue Committee on teacher education and curriculum development. He recently wrote the Sierra Leone conflict analysis report for UNICEF’s Education and Peacebuilding Programme and co-authored a literature review for the Department of International Development UK, The Political Economy of Education in Conflict-Affected Contexts from offices in Coleraine, N.Ireland. Sean has also recently contributed as a junior researcher to investigating the agency of teachers as peacebuilders in Myanmar as part of IDS’s contribution to a Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding in conflict affected contexts. This is a partnership between UNICEF and the University of Amsterdam, the University of Sussex and Ulster University, and is part of the Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme (PBEA), which is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Coleraine. Sean Higgins between 2014 and 2016 has been a researcher for the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding.
His earlier research focused on cultural politics addressing connections between painting,