In conjunction with United Kingdom Forum on International Education and Training (UKFIET) and the Centre for International Education (CIE) University of Sussex, the PEER Network organised a global, online lecture series between October – December 2020 exploring the theme of ‘the Political Economy of Education in Times of Conflict, Crises and Pandemics.’ This freely available lecture series was recorded and is available to watch on YouTube by clicking the links below. The series is aimed at scholars and students of international development, and all those who seek to better understand the complex situations facing education systems around the world in a period of increasing instability, where education systems are challenged by war, environmental crisis, financial austerity and pandemics that threaten the futures of a generation of young people. The lectures draw upon a wide range of contexts and examples which impact upon education and social justice/injustice in times of conflict and crises.

  1. Introduction to Lecture Series and Overview (Mario Novelli, CIE, University of Sussex, UK)
  2. The Politics of COVID 19 and Education (Prachi Srivastava, Western University , Canada)
  3. Education Privatisation and the Shock Doctrine (Antoni Verger, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)
  4. Evidence & Education Policy Making in the Global South during Covid19: Pundits, Social Movements and Policy Makers in an age of unpredictability (Yusuf Sayed, University of Sussex, UK)
  5. The Construction and Survival of an Intellectual Community during Structural Adjustment in Africa (Nimi Hoffman, University of Sussex, UK)
  6. The Political Economy of Decolonizing Education in South Africa (Yunus Omar and Azeem Badroodien, University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  7. Academics For Peace & The Political Economy of Repression in Turkey’s Higher Education Sector (Birgul Kutan, University of Sussex, UK & Mehmet Ugur, University of Greenwich, UK).