Since 2006, the Education and International Development research group has had research engagement in Sri Lanka in the field of education for peacebuilding. In this (post-)conflict, multi-ethnic, multilingual and multi-religious society, the education sector is perceived as important to promote (and achieve) social cohesion. However, this research strand aims to contribute to the wider debate on the complex role of education in situations of conflict in working from critical theory. Topics concern peace education, teacher education, teacher agency, segregation of schooling. Various thesis projects have been carried out in the context of Sri Lanka, of which some are listed below, amongst other publications.
- Duncan, R. and Lopes Cardozo, M.T.A. (2017) ‘Reclaiming Reconciliation through Community Education for the Muslims and Tamils of post-war Jaffna, Sri Lanka’, Research in Comparative and International Education, 12:1, pp 76-94
- Lopes Cardozo, M.T.A. & Hoeks, C.M.Q. (2014) Losing ground: a critical analysis of teachers’ agency for peacebuilding education in Sri Lanka. Journal of Peace Education.
- Lopes Cardozo, M.T.A., & May, A. (2009) ‘Teaching for peace – overcoming division? The potential contribution of peace education in reconciliation processes in the cases of Sri Lanka and Uganda’, Chapter 15 in: Opportunities for Change, edited by Susan Nicolai, UNESCO-IIEP, pp. 201-217.
- Lopes Cardozo, M.T.A. (2008) ‘Sri Lanka: in peace or in pieces? A Critical Approach to Peace Education in Sri Lanka’, Research in Comparative and International Education, 3 (1), pp. 19-35
- Anouk L. Strandstra (2019) History Education and Peace Promotion in Sri Lanka: The Interplay between Teacher Agency and the Formal Curriculum [Supervisor: Mieke Lopes Cardozo]
- Pindi Graham De Silva (2016) Social Cohesion, Teacher Training and Ethnic Relations in Post-War Jaffna, Sri Lanka [Supervisor: Mieke Lopes Cardozo]
- Jacob Hansen-Shearer (2016) Perpetuating the divide: History Teaching and Reconciliation in Post-War Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. [Supervisor: Mieke Lopes Cardozo]
- Nathalie Metheuver (2015) Young people as actors towards change? The state of education for social cohesion and peace in Sri Lanka, and it’s effects on secondary school students’ strategies to promote social cohesion in their country [Supervisor: Mieke Lopes Cardozo]
- R.J. Duncan (2014) Ethno-religious reconciliation through secondary school education: between Muslim and Tamil communities in post-war Jaffna, Sri Lanka. [Supervisor: Mieke Lopes Cardozo]
- Céline Hoeks (2012) Sri Lankan teachers as agents of peace. [Supervisor: Mieke Lopes Cardozo]
- Lopes Cardozo, M.T.A and Hoeks, C. (2014) Is peace education losing ground? A critical analysis of teachers’ agency for peace education in (post-) conflict Sri Lanka, paper presented at Sri Lanka Roundtable Conference, 10 December 2014, University of Amsterdam.
- Duncan, R. and Lopes Cardozo, M.T.A. (2014) Ethno-religious reconciliation through secondary education in post-war Sri Lanka, Conference paper, BAICE, Bath University, 9 September 2014.