Dr HANNA, Helen   
Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Phone No: (852) 2948 8212
Fax No: (852) 2948 7563
Email: hlhanna@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0002-2929-7579
Phone
(852) 2948 8212
Fax
(852) 2948 7563
Email
hlhanna@eduhk.hk
Scopus ID
57033823700
Research Interest

- Migration and education

- Refugee and displaced learners and academics

- Citizenship education

- Diversity and inclusion

- Education in divided societies

- Children's perspectives

- Creative visual research methods

- East Asia, South-east Asia, South Africa, England, Northern Ireland, Israel

Teaching Interest

- Curriculum studies

- Global education reform

- Qualitative research methods

- Supporting early career researchers (writing for publication, conferences, career planning)

External Appointment

2021-present: Associate Editor and Ambassador for East Asian, Human Rights in Education [journal], University of South-Eastern Norway

2019-present: External advisor for the PhD programme in Multicultural Education at the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, Thailand

2019-present: Appointed member of College of Reviewers, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

2018-present: Appointed member of International Development Peer Review College, UK Research and Innovation

2015-present: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [UK]

2015-present: Editorial Board member, British Journal of Educational Studies

Professional Profile

  • PhD in Education, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • MDiv in Theology, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • MA Hons in Languages Interpreting and Translating (French and Russian), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
  • PGCHE in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Leeds Trinity University, UK

Helen Hanna is an Assistant Professor at the Department for Curriculum and Instruction, The Education University of Hong Kong. With a background in modern languages, theology, English language teaching and citizenship education, she is committed to cross-national interdisciplinary research in the context of education that is creative with research methods, with the best interests of learners and participants in mind. In terms of research, she is passionate about educational inclusion, particularly of migrant learners and those from racial, ethnic and cultural minorities. In terms of teaching and training, she focuses on supporting early career teachers and researchers to find their way in school and scholarly life, encouraging reflection on experiences, integrated with useful and practical concepts and theories to enhance their research, teaching and outreach.

Helen has previously worked as an educational consultant with organisations such as the British Council. She has completed externally-funded research in England, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Israel, Canada and Kenya and is a member of the Peer Review College for the Global Challenges Research Fund in the UK. She regularly presents at international conferences. Helen is a contributer to journals such as Compare: Journal of International and Comparative Education, Children’s Geographies and Intercultural Education, and is a committed peer reviewer, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Educational Studies. She enjoys reaching out to non-academic audiences through writing accessible pieces for the British Educational Research Association’s Research Intelligence magazine and blog, The Conversation Africa and The Guardian Teacher Network, and designing creative outputs such as films with learners and teachers. Her first monograph was published in 2019, entitled Young People’s Rights in the Citizenship Education Classroom.

Research Interest

- Migration and education

- Refugee and displaced learners and academics

- Citizenship education

- Diversity and inclusion

- Education in divided societies

- Children's perspectives

- Creative visual research methods

- East Asia, South-east Asia, South Africa, England, Northern Ireland, Israel

Teaching Interest

- Curriculum studies

- Global education reform

- Qualitative research methods

- Supporting early career researchers (writing for publication, conferences, career planning)

External Appointment

2021-present: Associate Editor and Ambassador for East Asian, Human Rights in Education [journal], University of South-Eastern Norway

2019-present: External advisor for the PhD programme in Multicultural Education at the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, Thailand

2019-present: Appointed member of College of Reviewers, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

2018-present: Appointed member of International Development Peer Review College, UK Research and Innovation

2015-present: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [UK]

2015-present: Editorial Board member, British Journal of Educational Studies

Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Hanna, H. (2019). Young People's Rights in the Citizenship Education Classroom. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hanna, H. (2017). Developing citizenship in divided contexts. A.M. Mealy, P. Jarvis, J. Fook, & J. Doherty (Eds.), Everyday Social Justice and Citizenship (115-129). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Journal Publications
Hanna, H. & Kucharczyk, S. (2021). Example of Best Practice: Participatory film-making with migrant learners in practice. Intercultural Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/14675986.2021.1886428, 0(0), 1-4.
Hanna, H. (2020). Crossing the border from ‘migrant’ to ‘expert’: exploring migrant learners' perspectives on inclusion in a primary school in England. Children’s Geographies, 18(5), 544-556.
Kucharczyk, S., & Hanna, H. (2020). Balancing teacher power and children’s rights: rethinking the use of picturebooks in multicultural primary schools in England. Human Rights in Education Review, 3(1), 49-68.
Hanna, H. (2020). Photography as a Research Method with Learners in Compulsory Education: A Research Review. Beijing International Review of Education, 2(1), 11-34.
Hanna, H. (2017). Dealing with difference in the divided educational context: The cases of Northern Ireland and Israel. Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education, 47(1), 17-31.
Hanna, H. (2016). ‘Everyone has to find themselves in the story’: Exploring the right to minority group representation in the citizenship curriculum in Northern Ireland and Israel. Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, 10(2), 84-97.

Conference Papers
Hanna, H., & Kucharczyk, S. (2021, June). Learning to use participatory film-making in research with migrant learners: Reflections from a teacher-film-maker and a researcher. Intercultural Education in an Age of Information and Disinformation, Online.
Hanna, H. (2021, April). Using visual methods in the field of migration and education: Challenges and potential. Social Responsibility Within Changing Contexts, Online.
Hanna, H. (2020, December). New Migrant and English as an Additional Language learners in primary education in England and Worldwide: An overview of current research and key ideas. Annual Conference of the Korean Association of Multicultural Education, Online.
Hanna, H., & Kucharczyk, S. (2020, September). Learning to use participatory film-making in research with migrant learners: Reflections from a teacher-film-maker and a researcher. Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association [cancelled], Liverpool, UK.
Hanna, H., Race, R. & Loader, R. (2020, September). Education for Citizenship in Multicultural and Conflict-Affected Societies [symposium and book launch]. Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association [cancelled], Liverpool, UK.
Hanna, H. (2019, November). Keynote presentation [invited]: ‘Migrant learners in education in England: An overview of current research and key ideas’. Minzu University of China Conference, Beijing.
Hanna, H. (2019, October). Recognition of diverse identities and the pervasiveness of ‘race’ in the education of migrant learners in South African primary schools. Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society Annual Conference, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia.

All Other Outputs
Hanna, H. (2021). Book review of ‘Critical Studies of Education in Asia: Knowledge, Power and the Politics of Curriculum Reforms’ [in press]. Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education.
Hanna, H. (2020). Book review of ‘Understanding PISA’s Attractiveness’. Edited by Florian Waldow and Gita Steiner-Khamsi. British Journal of Educational Studies, 68(6), 775-776.
Hanna, H. (2019). Children’s right to participation and consultation: Involving them in creative visual research. In C. Capewell and A. Fox (Eds). How inclusive of children are our educational research methods?, Research Intelligence, Issue 39, Summer 2019, pp. 29-30. London: BERA. https://www.bera.ac.uk/researchers-resources/publications/summer-2019.
Hanna, H. (2018). Book review of ‘Handbook of Education in China’. Edited by W. John Morgan, Qing Gu, & Fengliang Li. Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education, 48(4), 670-671.
Hanna, H., & Kucharczyk, S. (2017). How to Use Picture Books to Get Your Class Talking about Emotions. The Guardian Teacher Network, 26th October 2017. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/oct/26/how-to-use-picture-books-to-get-your-class-talking-about-emotions.
Hanna, H., & Kucharczyk, S. (2016). Five ways to help migrant children settle in your class. The Guardian Teacher Network, 22nd November 2016. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/nov/22/five-ways-to-help-migrant-children-settle-in-your-class.
Hanna, H. (2016). Book review of ‘Fifty Years of Comparative Education’. Edited by Michele Schweisfurth. British Journal of Educational Studies, 64(1), 400–401.