Zulfi Ali joined Canterbury Christ Church University in 2015. He has a background in international development, with over two decades of field experience in South Asia, focusing on educational development and peace and human rights education. His research interests lie at the intersection of the sociology and political economy of social policy making and delivery in international development, particularly in the education sector.
He did his first degree in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Nottingham, and his MA in Policy Studies in Education (with Distinction) from the Institute of Education, University of London. He is currently nearing the completion of his PhD at the UCL Institute of Education entitled: The Political Economy and Sociology of Education in Pakistan: Historical Explorations in Class, Ideology and Role of the State.
Prior to moving to the UK Zulfi was Director at the Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights in Karachi, Pakistan. This was a £4 million project aimed at delivering socially relevant education in a developing country through a sustainable, proactive, inclusive and innovative institutional model.
Research and knowledge exchange
Since joining CCCU Zulfi has been involved in a project involving the regeneration of coastal communities (Roger De Haan Charitable Trust) and a Department of Education funded project evaluating the impact of the Government subsidy of the inter-agency adoption fee.
In the International Development sector Zulfi has experience of extensive involvement in national, regional and international networks and has worked with a large number of international organizations such as UNICEF, UNESCO, Save the Children, British Council, FCO, Asia Foundation. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Network of Museums for Peace (based in the Hague) from 2005 to 2011.
Teaching and subject expertise
At CCCU Zulfi has taught on a range of modules, including:
MA Global and International Perspectives
MA Policy and Practice
BA Researching Education
BA Human Learning through the lifespan 1 and 2
BA Human Rights Education
BA Global and International Perspectives
Community of Practice in International Perspective: Reflections on Reigniting Hope in Children. Keynote speech at the ‘Early Years Community of Practice Conference’ at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. 2015.
Education, Children and Citizenship. Presentation at ‘Connecting Classrooms’ Conference held by the British Council in Nottingham, UK. 2009
Peace Education and the Role of Children and Young People in the Struggle for Democracy in Pakistan. Main speaker at a Conference on ‘Human Rights, Democracy and Governance in Pakistan’ hosted by the British High Commission in Lahore, Pakistan. 2008.
Neo-liberalism and Private-Public Partnerships: The Political Economy of Education in Pakistan. Presentation at the Policy Dialogue Conference held by Aga Khan University, Institute of Educational Development, in Quetta, Pakistan.2005.
The Potential of Children’s Museums for Peace as Activist Organisations in the Developing World. Presentation at International Network of Museums for Peace Conference 2005 in Bilbao, Spain. 2005.
Innovations in Human Rights Education Delivery in Asia. Presentation in Osaka, Japan. 2004.
Investing in the Future: The Work of Human Rights Education Programme in Pakistan. Presentation at HURights Osaka, Osaka, Japan. 2001.
Education, Human Rights and Development in the Asian Context. Presentation given at the ‘Dialogue with Asia’ conference in Stockholm, Sweden hosted by the Swedish International Development Assistance. 2000.
Publications and research outputs
Author/Co-Author or Editor of eight illustrated books for children (in English and Urdu) on topics ranging from peace, tolerance, conflict resolution, participation, hope and social change, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (published in 7 languages). Author/Co-Author or Editor of over 30 Teacher’s Guides.