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Introducing seven new GEM Report Fellows for 2022

We are pleased to announce seven new fellowship appointments for the GEM Report for this year.

The GEM Report Fellowship programme began in 2019. This year, the new Fellows are exploring diverse issues of importance to the GEM Report’s monitoring agenda: equity, climate change and technology, the latter of which could feed into the 2023 GEM Report.

Learning inequality and the attainment of global education goals: insights from Ghana’s basic school system

Rodney Buadi Nkrumah is an advanced level PhD candidate at the McGill School of Social Work, Montreal, Canada. His research and proposed Fellowship focus on a mixed methods design to investigate learning inequality in Ghana’s basic school system, including detailed insights from underserved communities in northern Ghana to help explore micro-level experiences that hinder learning. 

Institutional conditions for equitable access to higher education in Ecuador: a novel linked administrative data analysis

Magali Ramos Jarrin is currently pursuing a PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge. She holds a BA in Integrated Social Sciences from Jacobs University and a MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since 2015, Magali has been acting as Undersecretary for Scholarships and Student Loans and Undersecretary for Teacher Professional Development at the Ministry of Education in Ecuador. Her paper uses administrative data to understand the institutional conditions (at school and higher education level) associated with students’ access to public universities in Ecuador.

Embracing teachers’ role in promoting equity in the classroom: global patterns and evidence from 33 countries

Dr Nani Teig is an associate professor of science education at the University of Oslo and Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway. She will examine teachers’ role in promoting equity in mathematics and science classrooms across 33 countries using data from the 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Her research brings together large-scale data from surveys, assessments, videos, and computer logfiles to better understand how teachers and policymakers can enhance student learning, motivation and resilience.

Mapping the impacts of climate change on children’s education in the Global South

Using Demographic Health Survey data, research by Fellows, Kai and Sukie will evaluate how climate change has impacted SDG 4 related indicators, such as early childhood education, school attendance, attainment, and whether there are differential impacts on girls and boys.

Kai Feng is a doctoral student in Sociology and Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on gender inequality in education, labour market and the family domains. 
Sukie Xiuqi Yang is a Ph.D. student in sociology and demography at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in leveraging longitudinal survey data, text data, social media data and spatial data to study the social world. Her research focuses on migration, family, early childhood development, social stratification and climate change in China and from an international comparative perspective.

Technology integration in the Cambodian higher education system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Eam’s and Song’s fellowship research aims to understand the responses of Cambodian higher education institutions and their lecturers to the COVID-19 pandemic and their sustainability six months and two years after the outbreak in the country.

Dr Eam Phyrom is currently serving as a research consultant for the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Development and Cultural and Regional Studies from the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation at Hiroshima University, Japan. His research areas include academic professionals, research performance and higher education development.
Dr. Song Sopheak is Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. He joined the Centre as a research fellow in October 2016 after undertaking post-doctoral research at the Global Career Design Center of Hiroshima University. ​He is leading several research projects on technical and vocational education and training and higher education. His research has focused on teaching and learning, workforce development, vocational and professional education, university-industry linkages, and technology integration in education. Dr Song holds a Ph.D. in Educational Science and Humanities from Hiroshima University, Japan.

The GEM Report Fellowship programme was launched in 2019. It aims to strengthen the evidence base on education, build research capacity in education, and reinforce the links between education research, policy and practice. The seven new Fellows join five Fellows in 2021, three in 2020 and four in 2019. We are grateful to the Open Society Foundations for their support to the Fellowship programme and are excited to read about the findings that our next round of Fellows discover in their work. More information on the GEM Report Fellowship programme is available here.




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