Tuesday, 25 May, 2021 - 16:00

ANGEL Conference 2021: Pedagogy Of Hope And Global Social Justice. 


The Academic Network for Global Education & Learning (ANGEL), sponsored and supported by Global Education Network Europe and the Development Education Research Centre at the UCL Institute of Education, invites you to attend the fourth international ANGEL conference on 25, 26 & 27th May 2021. This key event for Global Education professionals will appeal to those who research in the fields of Development Education, Global Citizenship Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainable Development, Education for Peace, and Intercultural Education. The conference will now be held entirely online, in response to both the pandemic, and to the need to improve accessibility and international involvement.

You can find information and documentation about previous ANGEL events on these pages.

Theme, aims and format

The event theme this year is 'Pedagogy Of Hope And Global Social Justice'.


  • To review and reflect upon the role of global learning and global citizenship education in providing visions of hope for social change 
  • To discuss the role of global social justice as a pedagogical approach in response to the challenges and inequalities in the world identified from COVID-19 

Key topics:

  • Challenges for global learning and global citizenship education post COVID-19
  • Providing visions and ways forward for learning about global themes
  • Lessons from research in schools or other settings on the most effective ways to engage learners in playing a positive role in shaping a more just and sustainable world  
  • Contribution of higher education to building a pedagogy of hope and global social justice  
  • Role of civil society organisations in equipping learners with the knowledge, skills and values to take action on social justice and sustainability issues

The event will offer a mixture of plenary sessions, workshops, paper presentations, and networking, split over 5 sessions and 3 days. All sessions will be delivered via Zoom.

  • The conference will be conducted in English
  • All sessions will be recorded

Who's coming?

Aimed at academics, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from around the world, it is anticipated that sessions and presentations will cover all sectors of education, evidence from empirical based research, as well as discussion on relations between the research and policy spheres.


The conference is made up of 8 sessions over 3 days, plus a handful of side events. 'General Admission' tickets, purchased via the Eventbrite registration page, entitle you to attend all sessions - and there are now new ticket options for attending a single session.

Tickets vary from £5 to £25. Early bird tickets are available (until 31 March), as well as concessions for early career researchers, those based in low and middle-income countries, and of course - for ANGEL members.

Once booked, you will be emailed the various Zoom links for the different sessions, and additionally will be emailed this info before sessions as a reminder. You will be asked to pre-register for parallel sessions too, and though this is not mandatory, it will help the organisers. 

You can book at any point during the event, and start attending sessions based on the info you will receive in your confirmation email. However, bear in mind that if you book after the 24th, you may miss out on some useful information to help you prepare.



All times given in London / WET time):

  1. Tuesday 25th, 14:00. Paper Presentation Session 1: Doctoral Research on Global Education.
  2. Tuesday 25th, 16:00. Panel Session: Pedagogy Of Hope And Global Social Justice. With Carlos Alberto Torres (UCLA) and Manuela Mesa (Education and Research Centre for La Paz).
  3. Wednesday 26th, 13:30. Paper Presentation Session 2.
  4. Wednesday 26th, 15:15. Meet the Editors.
  5. Wednesday 26th, 16:00. Mapping GCED networks in Europe and North America. With Lynette Shultz (University of Alberta) and Massimiliano Tarozzi (University of Bologna).
  6. Thursday 27th, 08:00. Global Education in the Asia and Pacific region. With Karena Menzie-Ballantyne (CQUniversity Australia), Hyun Mook Lim (Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding), Yoko Mochizuki (UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development) and TENG Jun (Beijing Normal University) with GONG Yuxuan (State University of New York at Albany).
  7. Thursday 27th, 09:10. Global Education in Africa. With Olivia Adwoa Tiwaah Frimpong Kwapong (University of Ghana) and Jose Frantz (University of the Western Cape).
  8. Thursday 27th, 10:30. Paper Presentation Session 3.
  9. Thursday 27th, 12:15. Closing remarks from the Advisory Board and Lydia Ruprecht (UNESCO)

Side events


  • Wed 26th, 09:00 - 10:00. Current State of Research on Global Education and Global Citizenship Education in Europe. Part of Bridge 47’s ‘Envision47’ event. ANGEL’s Massimiliano Tarozzi and Doug Bourn present. Register separately at
  • Wed 26th, 12:00 - 13:00. WORKSHOP: Nonviolent Action: A Force for Change. Run by Development Education Centre (South Yorkshire). Register separately at
  • Thurs 27th, 6:30 -7:30. Scoping meeting: Southern Hemisphere Global Competence Network. Are you interested in being part of a regional network bringing together academics, policy makers and practitioners in the fields of Global Education and Learning, 
    Education for Global Citizenship, or Education for Global Competence? Contact Karena Menzie-Ballantyne, CQUniversity ( to join this initial meeting.
  • Thurs 27th, 14:00 - 15:00. Discussion: Quality & Impact in Global Education: Broadening the Debate. GENE event looks at new English version of this important book. With authors Claudia Bergmüller and Susanne Höck, and EERA President Jo O’Hara as discussant. Register separately at: 


Please visit our dedicated page for biographies of our speakers and panelists.

Research presentations

Our call for papers, which closed on the 31 March, resulted in such a large number of quality submissions that we have now tripled the amount of sessions given over to the presentation of new research. You can find details of the focus of the sessions, as well as the full details of the presentations (including abstracts), in the document below.

Participate & networking

  • Are you interested in chairing a session or being a facilitator in a workshop session? Get in touch. You would of course receive a complimentary ticket.
  • There will be various breakout periods during session that will allow you to get involved with your fellow participants. If you want to introduce your project, publication, or any ideas to the participants, you are welcome to use our informal networking / sharing area on Padlet, which registered participants will recieve a link to.
  • Remember to use the hashtag #ANGELConference2021 when Tweeting.

Spread the word

The ANGEL project exists to provide a community for our membership. We depend on our membership to help generate interest in our gatherings and to bring their energy and ideas to the event on the day. Please think about who could benefit from this event and spread the word to them. Please use the Twitter hashtag #ANGELConference2021. Below are a number of materials that will make it easier to share this information.


Any enquiries should be sent to: 


ANGEL Network,
Development Education Research Centre (DERC)
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

Partner organisations

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The establishment of this network and website has been made possible with funding support from the European Commission.
The activities and publications of the network are the responsibilities of the organisers, the Development Education Research Centre, and can in no way be seen as reflecting the views of the European Commission.