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UNESCO Chair in Education, Ulster University

Professor Alan Smith is the UNESCO Chair in Education for Pluralism, Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. He has been a British Council visiting fellow to Nigeria and Indonesia, and a visiting research fellow to the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the University of Amsterdam. He was a contributing author and adviser to the Education for All, Global Monitoring Report (2011) based on his work related to education and conflict. He is currently a technical advisor to the UNICEF Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy programme, a €150 million initiative funded by the Government of the Netherlands involving 14 conflict affected countries.


  • 1999–present
    UNESCO Chair, Ulster


  • 1985 
    D.Phil, Ulster
  • 1978 
    B.Sc (Hons), Ulster


  • 2014
    Contemporary Challenges for Education in Conflict Affected Countries, Journal of International and Comparative Education, (3) 1: 113-125.
  • 2011
    Education and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland., In: J. Paulson (ed) Education and Reconciliation: Exploring Conflict and Post Conflict Situations, London, Continuum, pp. 55-80.
  • 2011
    The Role of Education in Peacebuilding. A synthesis report of findings from Lebanon, Nepal and Sierra Leone., New York: UNICEF.
  • 2011
    Education and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Contexts. A Literature Review., New York: UNICEF.
  • 2011
    A Political Economy Analysis of Education in Nepal, Kathmandu: EC
  • 2010
    The influence of education on conflict and peace building, Paper prepared for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2011 The Hidden Crisis: Armed conflict and education, Paris: UNESCO.
  • 2007
    The Role of Education: Conflict, Reconstruction and Reconciliation , In: Leach, F. and Dunne, M. (eds) Education and Conflict, Oxford, Peter Lang.
  • 2005
    Education in the 21st Century: Conflict, Reconstruction and Reconciliation., Compare, Journal of the British Association for International and Comparative Education, Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 373-391.
  • 2005
    Investing in Systemic Change through Curriculum, Textbooks and Teachers, In: Education, Social Cohesion and Diversity, Washington, DC, World Bank, Cht 2, pp.2-18.
  • 2003
    Education, Conflict and International Development. , London, UK Department for International Development (DFID)
  • 2003
    Citizenship Education in Northern Ireland: beyond national identity?, Cambridge Journal of Education, Vol.33, No.1, pp.15-31.
  • 2002
    Civic Education in Primary and Secondary Schools in the Republic of Serbia, Belgrade. UNICEF, UNESCO and Open Society Institute
  • 2001
    Religious Segregation and the Emergence of Integrated Schools in Northern Ireland, Oxford Review of Education, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp.559-75.
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