Juliet’s research interests touch on issues of conflict, peace and migration as key interconnecting concerns in the world we currently inhabit, and the role that higher education might play in responding to or mitigating some of these. Having worked in different forms of non-formal or higher education for much of her working life, Juliet does not have one single discipline, but approaches research from a broadly educational perspective, and a concern with how individuals and communities might become positive actors in and on the world around them.
Her recent work has involved the role of Higher Education in post conflict environments, the changing nature of student community engagement and the significance of insiders and outsiders in transformational learning. Her doctoral studies looked at the potential for student engagement to address some of the divisions in a post conflict society and was focused on Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Juliet is a strong advocate of participatory and community-based learning and engaged curricula, designing research and learning opportunities to meet the needs of the local context. For the past year she has managed the DFID learning journey programme, which is part of K4D at IDS. She was also employed as a consultant in research and evaluation with Lemon Tree Trust, an organisation supporting the greening of refugee camps in Greece, Iraq, Uganda and Jordan. She is now consulting on an extended piece of work in Afghanistan for UNESCO and working with the Council for At Risk Academics (CARA) with Syrians in exile in Turkey.
Formerly employed as Deputy Director (Academic) of the Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton she managed a series of engaged research and teaching programmes and an international help desk supporting universities around the world to develop their own engagement strategy. She is an experienced researcher, manager, and facilitator working across the humanitarian/development divide.
Her teaching prioritises experiential and participatory approaches to affective learning and covers aspects of civil society and citizenship, conflict, peace and security and local, national and international community development.