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Lecturer in Education, University of Manchester

Dr Helen Hanna is passionate about inclusion in education. A lecturer in education at the Manchester Institute of Education, she has worked as an academic and educator in the UK, mainland China, Hong Kong and Russia, and completed funded research in England, South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand, Northern Ireland, Israel, Canada and Kenya. Her research and teaching focuses on the experiences of migrant and ethnic minority learners, citizenship education, education rights, and creative research methods. Helen has published in journals such as Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education, Literacy and Children’s Geographies. She is the author of Young People's Rights in the Citizenship Education Classroom (Palgrave, 2019) and is an Associate Editor for Human Rights Education Review. She is also committed to supporting early career researchers find their way in scholarly life, through her educational consultancy and training in writing for academic publication.


  • 2022–present
    Lecturer, University of Manchester
  • 2020–2022
    Assistant Professor, Education University of Hong Kong
  • 2019–2020
    Associate Research Fellow, East China Normal University
  • 2019–2019
    NRF Early Career Fellow, University of Cape Town
  • 2014–2019
    Lecturer, Leeds Trinity University


  • 2014 
    Queen's University Belfast, PhD/Education