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Dr. Emel Thomas

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer in Education (Early Years)
  • Department: Education, Children & Young People

General information

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.

She has written and presented papers for various international conferences on education and migration. Emel received her MSc in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford in 2008. Prior to this, she taught in a variety of schools in England and has also conducted research for charities that support disengaged young people.

Her main teaching and research interests include migration, identity, race, intercultural teaching and learning, and education in small states. Other interests include the marketisation of Higher Education in a global context. Her most recent edited publication is entitled Education in the Commonwealth Caribbean and Netherlands Antilles (2014). She has also recently contributed to Commonwealth Secretariat Education Partnerships publication 2015/6.


BA (Hons) Education Studies

Teaching on the following modules:

  • EDU1019 Education in the Global Context: The European Dimension
  • EDU2011 Comparative and International Education
  • EDU4007 Education Studies Dissertation
  • PDT3001 EDSTD Issues of Equality in Educational Settings

BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth

  • EDU2015 Research Methods: Childhood, Youth and Education
  • EDU4008 Childhood and Youth Children and Young People Dissertation

BA (Hons) Learning and Teaching (BALT)

  • PDT3001 Issues of Equality in Educational Settings
  • PDT3002 Professional Practice in Education
  • PDT3004 Research Methods in Education
  • PDT4001 Dissertation

Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching (FDLT)

  • PDT1050 Work Based Practice 1
  • PDT2014 Work Cased Practice 2
  • PDT2016 Enriching the Curriculum 2: Beyond the School.


Currently, Emel is working on her upcoming publication for Routledge entitled The Child in Society (in progress). She is also is working with a team staff examining the Impact of ERASMUS and short-term European residential academic trips on the ‘widening participation’ student experience. Emel is actively involved in an Inspiring Languages Project that seeks to develop the knowledge and skills required by professionals who will work in diverse children’s services.

Emel supervises three PhD candidates:

  • Ms Chau My Tran – Pathways to improvement for public universities in Vietnam
  • Mr Emmanuel  Maphosa – The Zimbabwean student: examining the experiences of migrant students in English secondary schools.
  • Mr Anthony Smith-Howell - Exploring the intentions of European language teachers concerning entering and remaining in the profession.

She would be pleased to hear from potential students with interests in: Migration, Race, Identity, Gender, Citizenship, Comparative and International Education and Higher Education Policy and Practice.


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  1. Thomas, E. and Irwin, W. (2017) Embrace, embed and enliven: advancing social responsibilities at the University of Northampton, England. Journal of International and Comparative Education. 6(1), pp. 47-60. 2232-1802.


  1. Rose, R., Garner, P., Thomas, E. and Somby, H. (2016) Evaluation of the Progress of the Inclusive Vocational Education System in Georgia 2013 - 2016. Tbilisi, Georgia: Georgia Ministry of Education and Science. 9789941094811.
  2. Thomas, E. and Clegg, P. (2016) Transformative agendas and educational demands in the British and Dutch overseas territories of the Caribbean. In: Jules, T. D. (ed.) The Global Educational Policy Environment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Gated, Regulated and Governed. Bingley, England: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. pp. 241-264.


  1. Fisher, G., Britto, J. and Thomas, E. (2015) British Overseas Territories: Gibraltar, the Caribbean Territories, The Overseas Territory of St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan Da Cuhna. In: Brock, C. (ed.) Education in the United Kingdom. London: Bloomsbury. pp. 341-369.
  2. Thomas, E. (2015) Harnessing unique educational opportunities in the Caribbean. In: Commonwealth Education Partnerships 2015/16. Commonwealth Secretariat. pp. 14-15.


  1. Thomas, E., (ed.) (2014) Education in the Commonwealth Caribbean and Netherlands Antilles. London: Bloomsbury. 9781623563837.


  1. Thomas, E. (2012) Beyond the culture of exclusion: using Critical Race Theory to examine the perceptions of British ‘minority ethnic' and Eastern European ‘immigrant’ young people in English schools. Intercultural Education. 23(6), pp. 501-511. 1467-5986.
  2. Thomas, E. (2012) “What is racism in the new EU anyway?” Examining and comparing the perceptions of British ‘minority ethnic’ and Eastern European ‘immigrant’ youth in Buckinghamshire. Doctoral thesis. University of Cambridge.
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