The Chair

Professional Affiliations

Page last updated: 24th October 2012


  • UNESCO Chair in Education for Pluralism, Human Rights and Democracy, awarded 1999

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Boards and Advisory Groups

  • UNICEF Executive Board, New York (6–11 February 2012)
  • Advisor to Education for All, Global Monitoring Report (2011)
  • Basque President’s Advisory Group on the Peace Process (2007–2009)
  • University of London, Institute of Education, Advisory Board for Development Education Research Centre (2008–2009)
  • Member of Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), Senior Fellowships Board (2008)
  • Member of Irish Social Science and Humanities Research Council (ISSHRC), International Advisory Board, Post‑Graduate Scholarships (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Member of Expert Advisory Group for World Plan of Action for Human Rights Education, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO, Genvea (13–15 September 2004)
  • Member of International Advisory Group, CEERD, The World Bank, Washington, DC (2003–2004)
  • Member of International Advisory Group, Education and Social Cohesion, OECD, Paris (2003)
  • Member of UNESCO international advisory group on education for human rights and democracy (1999–2002)

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Working Groups

  • Global Coalition for Protection of Education from Attack (6–12 November 2011)
  • Member of International Network on Education and Emergencies (INEE) Working Group on Education and Emergencies, Brussels(17–20 October 2011)
  • Member of Irish Higher Education Authority (HEA), Working Group on the future of Humanities and Social Science Research (2008–12)
  • Member of International Interagency Network on Education and Emergencies, Working Group on Education and Fragile States (2008–2009) with senior representation from UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, AusAid, CIDA, DfID, GTZ, USAID
  • Working Group member, Historical Justice and Reconciliation, Salzburg Seminar, Austria (15–18 September 2004)

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Editorial Boards and International Journals

Guest Editor

  • Cambridge Journal of Education (2003 edition)
  • European Journal of Education (Spring 2002 edition)

Associate Editor

  • Irish Educational Studies, Journal of the Educational Studies, Association of Ireland (Routledge Taylor Francis) (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Irish Educational Studies, Official Journal of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (2008, 2009)

Editorial Board

  • International Journal of Development Education (Trentham) (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Journal of Education, Citizenship and Social Justice (Sage) (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Journal reviewer

  • Australian Journal of Development Studies (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Australian Journal of Political Science (2008, 2009)
  • British Journal of Educational Studies (2008, 2009)
  • Compare (2012)
  • Education Review (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • European Journal of Education (2008, 2009)
  • International Journal of Transitional Justice (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Oxford Journal of Education (2008, 2009, 2012)

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External Examiner

  • Oxford University (2012)
  • University of Lancaster (2011, 2012 )
  • University of Sussex (2010)
  • University of London, Institute of Education (2008, 2009)
  • University of Birmingham (2007)
  • University of Nottingham (2006)
  • University College Dublin, School Social Policy (2004)
  • University of Sydney, Australia (2002, 2003)
  • Queens University, Belfast (2001, 2002)

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  • DfID Commissioning Panel £13 million research programme on poverty reduction
  • Consultant to International Donor Group – Denmark (DANIDA), Finland (FINNIDA), Norway (NORAD), the UK (DfID) and World Bank (IDA), Conflict Analysis of Education for All (EfA) in Nepal (February 2006)
  • Consultant to World Bank on curriculum, textbooks and teacher education, Washington DC (24–26 March 2003) and World Bank Human Development seminar on Education for Diversity, Washington DC (November 2003)
  • Consultant, UK Department for International Development (DfID) developing issues paper on Education, Conflict and International Development (2002–2003)

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  • Member of American Education Research Association (AERA)
  • Member of British Education Research Association (BERA)
  • Member of British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)
  • Member of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
  • Member of International Committee, UK Universities Committee for Education of Teachers (UCET)

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Other Activities

  • Country Director, European Values Study (2008–2012)
  • Visiting Research Scholar, Hong Kong Institute of Education (2006–2007)
  • Academic referee on research proposals for Nuffield Foundation, ESRC
  • Founding Chair, Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE)

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Contact Details

Professor Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Centre Director


School of Education
University of Ulster
Co Londonderry
BT52 1SA
Northern Ireland


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