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Intersectionality, Methodologies, and Knowledge Mobilization in Research for Social Justice in Education IRN

IRN Start Date: February 1, 2014

Efforts towards socially just education often struggle for legitimacy with many equity initiatives

operating in relative isolation (Trifonas 2003), indicating a need to examine the intersectionality of such issues to garner support and build momentum (Apple 2008). Compounding the complexity of advancing a social justice agenda is the pressing need for appropriate methodologies that speak with rather than for participants (Griffiths 1998), and knowledge mobilization that contributes positively to the communities involved. The proposed WERA-IRN expands an international group of researchers that since 2009 has collaborated on international conferences and publications (Gagné and Schmidt 2008, Ragnarsdóttir 2010, Ragnarsdóttir and Schmidt 2013, Smyth 2010, Smyth and Santoro forthcoming) related to social justice in education. Through a robust web presence including regular electronic meetings, conferences, and dissemination opportunities, this IRN aims to involve

researchers from all continents to explore and develop intersectionality as a theoretical approach, innovative methodologies, knowledge mobilization, and collaborative international projects.




Joke Dewilde

Associate Professor

Hedmark University College, Norway


Clea Schmidt

Associate Professor

University of Manitoba, Canada


Geri Smyth


University of Strathclyde, Scotland


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