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Education policy in Northern Iraq

Project Description

Supervisors; Dr Kelsey Shanks, Dr Karl O’Connor, Prof Colin Knox

The experience of street level bureaucrats (teachers) in delivering education in multi ethnic societies. The Kurdish controlled areas of Iraq are of most interest to the supervisors. Taking a behavioural approach to the study of public administration, the research will examine the role of head teachers in conflict narrative formation. This PhD research should seek to examine the role of teachers in delivering education programmes to young people within heavily contested, multi ethnic societies. We would therefore urge prospective candidates to place particular emphasis on the role of front line education staff (street level bureaucrats) in negotiating identity driven policies in schools. In summary, the research should aim to capture an empirically up-to-date and analytically rigorous account of the experiences of schoolteachers in societies experiencing conflict or contestation. The successful candidate would be expected to focus on one or two case studies of his or her choice, with priority given to proposals that focus on the Middle East.


Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website at Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects can be seen at

The final deadline for application is 12 April 2019.

Funding Notes

DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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