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The AGEE Team

The AGEE team is an international collaborative team, coordinated from the Centre for Education and International Development (CEID) at University College London Institute of Education, in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Malawi and the University of East Anglia.  The AGEE project has two national and one international advisory committees.

Elaine Unterhalter, University College London (UCL)

Elaine Unterhalter is Professor of Education & International Development at University College London Institute of Education, and Co-Director of the Centre for Education and International Development. Her work is concerned with global and national policy and practice around gender equality in education, paying attention to intersectionality, the capability approach and human development. She has led research projects working in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Bangladesh. Her most recent publication is the edited collection Critical reflections on public private partnerships (2021, co-edited with Jasmine Gideon). She is the Principal Investigator on the AGEE project.

Relebohile Moletsane, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Relebohile Moletsane is Professor and the JL Dube Chair in Rural Education in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. As part of her Chair in rural education, she works in South African rural schools and communities, focusing on poverty alleviation, HIV & AIDS, gender inequality and gender-based violence as barriers to education and development.  Her current projects focus on addressing sexual violence with girls and young women in rural communities. She is co-editor (with Claudia Mitchell) of the 2018 book, Disrupting Shameful Legacies: Girls and Young Women Speak Back Through the Arts to Address Sexual Violence. Rotterdam: Brill/Sense Publishers. She is Co-Investigator on the AGEE project.

Esme Kadzamira, University of Malawi

Dr Esme Kadzamira is Research Fellow at the Centre for Educational Research and Training, University of Malawi. Her research interests include girls’ education, primary schooling, gender, poverty and other intersecting inequalities. Her latest publication is Tackling girls dropping out of school in Malawi: Is improving household socio-economic status the solution? (2020). She is Co-Investigator on the AGEE project. 

Helen Longlands, University College London

Dr Helen Longlands is a Lecturer in Education and International Development at UCL Institute of Education, University College London, and Programme Leader for the MA Education, Gender and International Development. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and concerned with gender, inequalities and social justice, with a particular focus on masculinities, transnational relationships of power, and the interconnections between the spaces of education, gender, work and family. Her latest publication is Gender, Space and City Bankers (2021). She is a Co-Investigator on the AGEE project.  

Rosie Peppin Vaughan, University College London

Dr Rosie Peppin Vaughan is a Lecturer in Education & International Development at UCL’s Institute of Education. Her research focuses on transnational advocacy on girls’ and women’s education, and also draws on the capability approach and the concept of human development to explore the evaluation of educational equality and social justice. She has completed consultancies for several international organisations including Plan International, UNESCO and the UN Girls’ Education Initiative. She is a Co-Investigator on the AGEE project.

Catherine Jere, University of East Anglia

Dr Catherine Jere is Associate Professor of Education & Development in the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK.  Her research focuses on gender and education – including school-related gender-based violence – and flexible learning approaches for reaching marginalised communities, especially those impacted by HIV/AIDS. In addition to policy-related research with UNESCO’s flagship Global Education Monitoring Report, Catherine has worked for almost a decade at the University of Malawi, where she coordinated educational research and innovation for several government and donor programmes. Her most recent publication is a book chapter in Indigenous Women and Adult Learning (2021, edited by Sheila Aikman and Anna Robinson-Pant). She is Co-Investigator on the AGEE project.

We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Professor Dorothy Nampota (Chancellor College, Malawi), William Nicholas (UCL), and our colleagues in the wider CEID gender community at UCL Institute of Education.


International Advisory Committee

  • Nora Fyles (former head of UNGEI)
  • Steve McFeely, UNCTAD
  • Friedrich Huebler, UIS
  • Papa Seck, UN Women
  • Nicole Bella, UNESCO GEM Report
  • Pali Lehohla, formally Statistician-General, South Africa
  • Antonia Wulff, Education International
  • Ireen Dubel, international women’s rights and gender equality expert

Malawi Advisory Committee

  • Olivia Liwewe, Gender specialist, civil society 
  • Alick Mphonda, National Statistics Office
  • Joel Kanjunjunju, South Eastern Education Division
  • Grace Milner, Ministry of Education
  • Sabina Morley, DFID
  • Mercy Kanyuka, National Statistical Office

South Africa Advisory Committee

  • Jane Bennett, African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town
  • Brahm Fleisch, Educational Leadership, Policy and Skills Unit,  University of the Witwaterrand
  • Janine Hicks, School of Law, University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Dululu Hlatshaneni, Department of Basic Education
  • Roné McFarlane, Equal Education
  • Nkonzo Emmanual Mkhize, Student, University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Benita Moolman, Human Sciences Research Council
  • Amanda Ngcobo, Teacher and former student of University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Ali Shongwe, Student Activist, University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Lisa Wiesbesiek, PhD student, University of Kwazulu-Natal