International Network on


Founding Members:

Professor Penny Jane Burke

Professor Burke is Global Innovation Chair of Equity and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Equity in Higher Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Penny is passionately dedicated to developing methodological, theoretical and pedagogical frameworks that support critical understanding and practice of equity and social justice in higher education.

Belinda Munn

Belinda Munn is Associate Director of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) at the University of Newcastle (UON).

Dr Gifty Gyamera

Dr Gifty Gyamera is Lecturer in the School of Public Service and Governance at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). She is also the president of the Ghana Association of Public Administration and Management (GAPAM). From 2005-2010, she was a lecturer in the Department of Education, Valley View University, Accra, Ghana. She holds a PhD in Education from Roehampton University, UK. Her research interests include Gender, Internationalisation of Education, Postcolonial studies and Curriculum Development. She is particularly interested in challenging marginalization of minorities, and discourses and practices perpetuating colonial ideologies and philosophies particularly in relation to higher education.

Dr Saajidha Sader

Dr Saajidha Sader is a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa. Her current teaching and activism is in social justice education. Her doctoral research was a feminist study of woman academics experiences of higher education reform in the context of globalization. Her research interests include feminist research; gender, neoliberalism and education (schooling & post-school education) as well as critical/feminist praxis & pedagogy in education. She is the founder of The Social Justice Education Forum (TSJEF), a South African based social movement of critical educators working to promote social justice in and through education.

Associate Professor Ronelle Carolissen

Associate Professor Carolissen is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Community Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) and the Psychological Association of South Africa (PSYSSA). Her research expertise and publications explore feminist social justice and critical community psychology perspectives on social inclusion in higher education as well as community engagement in higher education.

Professor Sondra Hale

Sondra Hale is Research Professor and Professor Emerita, Anthropology and Gender Studies Departments, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  She co-directed UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies and co-edited The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS).

Dr Gada Kadoda

Dr Kadoda received her Ph.D. in Software Engineering, M.Sc. in Information Systems and Technology, and her B.Sc. in Computer Science. Her work experience includes research and teaching posts in the UK and Barbados (1998 – 2005). Since 2005, she has taught at Sudanese higher education institutions, and served as consultant for NGOs in Sudan. Kadoda has published on software development, knowledge production, appropriate technology, ethics, social media and activism. She is co-Editor of Networks of Knowledge Production in Sudan: Identities, Mobilities, and Technologies (2016). Kadoda was 2010’s African Scholar Guest, University of South Africa; is on UNICEF’s 2014 list of nine innovators to watch; and received an achievement award from Sudanese Women in Science Organization, 2015.

Associate Professor Lauren Ila Misiaszek

Lauren Ila Misiaszek has been Associate Professor at the Institute of International and Comparative Education, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University since 2013. Prior to that, Lauren was a UK Fulbright Scholar. Lauren is the outgoing Secretary General of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (August 2016-May 2019). Lauren’s research interests, throughout which the themes of the Network are interwoven, include non-formal education and community and social movements (with an emphasis on theology and religion), sociology of higher education, Global Citizenship Education, rural and urban health education, intersections of humanities and the social sciences, and international service learning.

Dr Nonhlanhla Mthiyane

Dr Mthiyane holds Bachelor’s degrees in Pedagogics and Education from the University of Zululand (South Africa), a Master’s of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo (United States), and a PhD from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa). She has extensive teaching experience as a science and mathematics teacher at diverse high schools in South Africa. She currently teaches in Teacher Development Studies in the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal.  She is interested in critical, feminist research, and in using her research to address challenges of access to equal education opportunities, the empowerment of girls and women, and teacher development in South Africa.

Image of Network Members 2018From left to right: Professor Sondra Hale, Associate Professor Ronelle Carolissen, Dr Nonhlanhla Mthiyane, Dr Gada Kadoda, Professor Penny Jane Burke, Associate Professor Lauren Ila Misiaszek, Dr Saajhida Sader, Belinda Munn, Professor Relebohile Molestane, Dr Gifty Gyamera.