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Emel Thomas


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Emel Thomas is interested in supervising PhD students examining themes such as race, ethnicity, gender, social class, comparative and international education, education in small states and higher education policy.


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Personal profile


Dr Emel Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Education, Children and Young People at the University of Northampton. She obtained her doctorate in education at the University of Cambridge in 2013. Emel has written and presented papers for various conferences on education, migration and equality. She received her MSc in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford. Prior to this, she taught in a variety of schools in England and has conducted research for charities that support disengaged young people. Her main teaching interests include equality and diversity, race, identity, migration, intercultural teaching and learning, comparative theories, education in small states and higher educational development.


Current Supervision:

Hilary Gbedemah; Teacher Continuing Professional Development

Examining the Application of International Human Rights’ Standards in Ghana for Non-Discriminatory Practices in Girls Secondary Education: The Impact of Discriminatory Disciplinary Measures.


Yahya Moalin; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

Perspectives from the UK Somali Diaspora on the ways Peace Education may support the National Reconciliation Process in Somalia: An exploratory case study.


Nicola Preston; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

Restorative practices as an approach to focus on how adults understand and frame the behaviour of 4-8 year old boys with ADHD in the UK education system.


Chimeuma Darlington Beke; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

Public-Private Partnerships in Education. Transition from millennium development goals to sustainable development goals. 

PhD Completions:

Emmanuel Maphosa; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

The Zimbabwean student: examining the experiences of migrant students in English secondary schools.


My Tran; Special Education Needs and Inclusion

An exploratory inquiry into the adoption of performance based accountability policies for public Universities in Viettnam. 

Teaching Interests

Dr Emel Thomas teaches on a number of educational modules. Specifically she is module leader at BA level for EDU2015 and PDT3004 Research Methods in Education; PDT3001 Issues of Equality in Education; and PDT4001 Dissertations. 

Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 11 May 2013

Master, University of Oxford

Award Date: 11 Nov 2011

PGCE, University of Warwick

Award Date: 1 Aug 2001

External positions

Reviewer, Gender and Education - Taylor and Francis

Reviewer, Journal of International and Comparative Education - University of Malaya


  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • L Education (General)


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