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Dr Jonathan Harris

General Information

External Interests / Community Service

  • Member of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS)

Research Interests

  • Social justice and equal opportunities in Education
  • Cross-curricular teaching and learning
  • Geopolitics in education and training

Background & Qualifications

  • BA, MPhil, and PhD in Geography, Cambridge University, 2010-2018
  • Visiting Research Associate, Queen’s University, Belfast 2016-2017
  • PGCE, Institute of Education (UCL), London, 2018-2019

Research & Scholarship

Blog posts

Harris, J., Purdy, N. & Walsh, G. (2021) “Why holding a postponed, single transfer test is likely to widen educational inequalities between wealthy and poor within the current P7 cohort“, CREU Blog Series, 11th January.

Harris, J. (2020) “What we can learn about Educational Underachievement from the GCSE and A-Level experience of 2020?“, CREU Blog Series, 26th August.

Harris, J. (2020) “Effective Practice for Tackling Educational Disadvantage“, CREU Blog Series, 12th March.

Journal Articles

Harris, J. (2020) “Imazighen of France; Articulations of an Indigenous diaspora”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2020.1788382

Harris, J. (2020) “Nativist-populism, the internet and the geopolitics of indigenous diaspora”, Political Geography, 78 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2019.102124

Harris, A. and Harris, J. (2018) “Is The Map More Interesting Than The Territory? A Post-Representational Approach to Michel Houellebecq’s The Map and the Territory”, Literary Geographies, 4(2) https://www.literarygeographies.net/index.php/LitGeogs/article/view/125/pdf

Harris, J. (2015) “El Harka: Perceptions of the Migration‐Development Nexus in Post‐Revolution Tunis”, Population, Space and Place, 21(6):493-505 https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.1865

Research Reports

McMullen, J., Harris, J., Jones, S., McConnellogue, S. and Winter, F. (2021) School-based Support for Syrian Refugee Pupils in Northern Ireland, Belfast: Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement, Stranmillis University College

Purdy, N., Finn, P., McDade, B., Harris, J. and Winter, F. (2021) Loyalist and Republican Perspectives on Educational Underachievement in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement, Stranmillis University College.

Harris, J., Purdy, N., Walsh, G., Jones, S. and Rowan, A. (2021) Educational Underachievement in Northern Ireland: Review of Research 2021, Belfast: Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement, Stranmillis University College

Purdy, N., Harris, J., Dunn, J., Gibson, K., Jones, S., McKee, B., McMullen, J., Walsh, G., and Ballentine, M. (2021) Northern Ireland Survey of Parents/Carers on Home-Schooling during the Covid-19 Crisis: 2021, Belfast: Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement, Stranmillis University College

Harris, J., Purdy, N., Cummins, B., Rogers, C., McKenzie, H., McMenemy, R., Winter, F. (2020), What’s the (Gender) Difference?: Views on Male Primary Teachers from Three Controlled Primary School Communities. Belfast: Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement, Stranmillis University College

Walsh, G., Purdy, N., Dunn, J., Jones, S., Harris, J., and Ballentine, M. (2020) Homeschooling in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 crisis: the experiences of parents and carers. Belfast: Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement, Stranmillis University College

Henderson, L., Harris, J., Purdy, N. and Walsh, G. (2020) Educational Underachievement in Northern Ireland: Evidence Summary. Stranmillis University College, Belfast: Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement, Stranmillis University College

Purdy, N., Beck, G., McClelland, O’Hagan, C., Totton, L., Harris, J., (2019) Too Little, Too Late: The views of parents/carers on their child’s experiences of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) process in mainstream schools. Belfast, UK: NICCY

Book Chapters

Harris, J. (2020) “Assembling the Diasporic Nation; Kabylia at the CONIFA World Football Cup”, in Bairner, A. and Vaczi, M. (eds) Sport and Secessionism. Abingdon: Routledge, pp.196–210.

Invited Presentation / Keynote
Harris, J. (2020) “Educational Underachievement in Northern Ireland”, Presentation to Expert Panel to Tackle Educational Underachievement, 25th August 2020

Conference Paper / Presentation
Harris, J. & Henderson, L. (2020) “Educational Underachievement in Northern Ireland: Evidence Summary”, Presentation to the Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, 4th September 2020

Harris, J. (2021) “What’s the (Gender) Difference?: Views on Male Primary Teachers from Three Controlled Primary School Communities”, Presentation to the Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, 26th March 2021

Book Reviews
Harris, J. (2020) “Marcus M. Payk and Roberta Pergher (eds.), Beyond Versailles; Sovereignty, Legitimacy, and the Formation of New Polities after the Great War. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019. 245 pp. $18.99 (ebk), $35 (pbk), $75 (hbk).”, Nations and Nationalism, 26(3), 779780. https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12629