Juliet is an honorary research fellow and member of the participation hub at IDS. Her research focuses on education, conflict, peace and migration as key interconnecting concerns in the world we currently inhabit, and she works with an action-oriented, participatory approach within the broader humanitarian field. Having been involved in different forms of non-formal or higher education for much of her working life, Juliet takes a multi-disciplinary and systemic approach to research and facilitation, framed by a concern with how individuals and communities might become positive actors in and on the world around them.
Her recent work has included designing and co running a programme on power and peace building for the Life and Peace Institute, another on Integrating Religious Equality in Development Policy and Practice for the Centre for Religious Equality in Development, and the hosting of three round table events for higher education managers in Northwest Syria on supporting higher education in conflict contexts. 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 and her most recent research programme worked with peacebuilding pedagogies in BiH, Rwanda and Colombia.
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 five years she has also run learning journeys as part of the K4D programme at IDS on systems thinking, working with civil society, education, conflict, climate and migration. She was coordinates a small UK based international NGO, Re-Alliance, who promote regenerative approaches to disaster, displacement and development.
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.