Education for the Future: Local & Global Perspectives

2-3 July, 2019

This conference will explore the challenges and opportunities surrounding efforts to achieve inclusive and equitable education and sustainable development in rapidly evolving knowledge societies.

This two-day event will bring together academic partners from a wide range of backgrounds as well as stakeholder representatives to exchange ideas, perspectives and best practices at interconnected regional, national and global levels. Keynote presentations by invited speakers from around the world will be combined with interactive workshops and networking opportunities. We will also host a discussion panel focusing on stakeholder perspectives, with representatives from key local and international organisations.

The event is free to attend, and fully accessible for those with specific needs, but places are limited and the event is now fully booked.

Day 1 programme 
Day 2 programme

Download the conference programme booklet.

Location details

The Studio
Riverside West, Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS1 4AW

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Tuesday 2 July 2019

09:30 - 10:00    Registration / Coffee & Tea

10:00 - 10:15    Welcome speeches: Prof. Anthea Hucklesby, Prof. Alice Deignan, Prof. Michalis Kontopodis (University of Leeds)

PLENARY SESSION I: Education & Sustainability in Diverse Local Contexts
Chair: Prof. Maggie Kubanyiova (University of Leeds)

10:15 - 10:45    Violence, alterity, and sustainability as challenges in the AnthropoceneProf. Christoph Wulf (Free University Berlin & Vice President of UNESCO in Germany)

10:45 - 11:15    Education for 2030 in China, Prof. Peng Zhengmei (East China Normal University)

11:15 - 11:30    Convenience Break - Brief Questions

11:30 - 12:00    Education beyond the classroom: Perspectives from the global drylandsProf. Caroline Dyer (University of Leeds)

12:00 - 12:30    Child poverty, subjective well-being & vulnerability in the UKDr Gill Main (University of Leeds)

12:30 - 13:00    Discussion

13:00 - 14:00  Lunch Break


Room A:  Inclusive Educational Futures
Prof. Roger Slee (University of South Australia), Prof. Ruth SwanwickDr Angharad BeckettDr Paula Clarke (University of Leeds) 

Room B:  Digital Technologies & Educational Change
Prof. Paul Prinsloo (University of South Africa), Prof. Neil MorrisDr Bronwen Swinnerton (University of Leeds), Dr Myrrh Domingo (UCL Institute of Education)

Room C:  Research Schools & School Research
Prof. Jim RyderDr Judy SayersDr Rachel Mathieson, Dr Matt Homer (University of Leeds) Mark Miller (Bradford Research School), Prof. Paul Andrews (Stockholm University)

Room D:  Language & Pedagogy in a Globalised World
Dr James SimpsonProf. Alice DeignanDr Martin LambProf. Mike Baynham (University of Leeds)

Download the workshop abstracts

15:40 - 16:00 Coffee & Tea Break

Mapping Global Childhood and Youth FuturesProf. Michalis Kontopodis (University of Leeds)

17:00 - 18:00 Drinks reception

Wednesday 3 July 2019

09:30 - 10:00    Registration / Coffee & Tea

PLENARY SESSION III: Education, Urbanisation & Social Transformation
Chairs: Prof. Neil Morris (University of Leeds) and Anja Nielsen (UNICEF UK)

10:00 - 10:30    Multiliteracies, resistance and critical transformative education in BrazilProf. Fernanda Liberali (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo)

10:30 - 11:00    Education for social transformation? Neoliberal economy and middle-class anxiety in IndiaDr Suraj Jacob (CEO of Vidya Bhawan Society & Visiting Faculty, Azim Premji University, India)

11:00 - 11:30    School reform and urbanisation in China, Dr Chen Hongyan (East China Normal University)

11:30 - 12:00    Discussion

12:00 - 13:00  Lunch Break

Co-producing Knowledge and Transforming Education and Society 
Dr Paula Clarke (University of Leeds), Prof Kate Pahl (Manchester Metropolitan University), Emily Echessa (Save the Children), Philippa Stobbs (National Children's Bureau), Prof. Paul Prinsloo (University of South Africa) and Prof. Roger Slee (University of South Australia).


15:00 - 16:30 Coffee, Tea and Informal Networking

[+ Internal Research Away Meeting for School of Education Colleagues]