Dr Madeleine Le Bourdon

Dr Madeleine Le Bourdon


I joined the University of Leeds as a lecturer in 2021 teaching across the areas of politics and global development. Following gaining my PhD from the University of Northumbria in 2019 I held lecturer positions at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Bath, and worked as a Global Education consultant for the European commission. My research focuses on how learning about global issues impacts an individual’s sense of belonging, solidarity and activism. 

Research interests

My research directly informs my teaching on politics and global development, with a focus on how engaging in global issues through learning and activism fosters feelings of belonging and solidarity to a global community. This has included following the lived-experience of learners through Global Education programmes and most recently, the impact of social media as a space for learning and activism funded by the European Education Research Association. I am also interested in the role of privilege, positionality and reflexivity in development research. 

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  • PhD in Global Development
  • LLM Masters in International Human Rights Law
  • BA (Hons) International Politics and Policy

Professional memberships

  • Academic Network for Global Education and Learning

Student education

I teach on a range of politics, global development and research methods modules.