Juliet Millican

Juliet Millican

Honorary Associate

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.



K4D Learning Journey on Civil Society

This Learning Journey aimed to establish a more effective approach to two-way learning with the civil society sector in order to share and develop wider FCDO (then DFID) policy and programmes. It therefore responded to internal policy directives, the objectives of the SDGs, the Commonwealth...



Highlights from university leaders’ IDS immersive workshop

During the last week of June, we played host to several prominent university leaders and academics from across Southeast Asia.  Funded by the British Council and Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre Specialising in Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED),...

Aldrin Darilag
Aldrin Darilag & 11 others

18 July 2023



Systems Thinking and Practice: A guide to concepts, principles and tools for FCDO and partners

This guide is a basic reference on systems thinking and practice tailored to the context and needs of the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). It is an output of the FCDO Knowledge for Development Programme (K4D), which facilitated a Learning Journey on Systems...

3 February 2023


Education and Stability: Synopsis Paper

It is estimated that 80% of the world’s poorest people will live in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) by 2030. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has committed to ensuring that it not only spends 50% of its Official Development Assistance (ODA) in FCAS, but that...

18 December 2019