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02 Nov 2022

Call for Theme Convenors: 2023 UKFIET Conference - Education for Social and Environmental Justice: Diversity, Sustainability, Responsibility

UKFIET is looking for theme co-convenors to participate in and support their 2023 conference. The conference will be organised around a number of themes, representing different aspects of the overall conference theme ‘Education for Social and Environmental Justice: Diversity, Sustainability, Responsibility’. 

Each of these themes will be led by 2 co-convenors drawn from different organisations to facilitate critical dialogue across constituencies – research, policy, practice, etc. The theme co-convenors will play a critical role in shaping both their sub-theme and its place within the conference, and the overall format of the Conference through membership of the 2023 Conference Committee.

The list below outlines the key tasks for theme convenors

  • To contribute to the overall conference strategy and format as a member of the Conference Committee and to attend all conference committee meetings. Meetings will be held in December (shaping the themes), April (agreeing acceptances), July (programming) and in September 2023; the meetings will be a mixture of virtual meetings and face to face meetings in London where necessary and feasible. 
  • To develop their conference theme. To compose a narrative for their sub-theme inviting abstracts for individual papers and symposia as agreed with the Conference Committee
  • To review submitted abstracts for their sub-theme and put forward a selection for inclusion in the conference in line with the policy agreed by the Conference Committee (approximately 50 to 100 abstracts).
  • To organise sessions for their sub-theme in consultation with other members of the Conference Committee to ensure a coherent programme; identifying and contacting sessions chairs and contributors. 
  • To support planning for a successful hybrid approach to the conference. 
  • To oversee the smooth running of sessions within their sub-theme at the conference. 
  • To contribute a short blog piece for the UKFIET website, one from each co-convenor; one on the key ideas emerging in their theme, the other retrospective on the theme following the conference. This could be written or an audio/video file, for example a conversation between the 2 co-convenors. 

Deadline for application: November 14

Convenor contributions to the UKFIET Conference 2023 will be recognised with a fee waiver for the conference and three nights of accommodation in Oxford for the conference (12-14 September 2023). All reasonable expenses for meetings etc, including travel within the UK, will be reimbursed. Ideally but not exclusively, Convenors should be associated with UKFIET member organisations and no more than 1 convenor will be from any one organisation to ensure that a broad range of organisations have the opportunity to input to the conference. 

We invite expressions of interest in this role; please send a summary CV and short note outlining your area of expertise and to which theme(s) it aligns to Yulia Nesterova (2023 Conference Chair) and Sarah Jeffery (UKFIET Conference manager). Email addresses:; 

The Conference will have six Sub-themes: 

  • Conflict, crisis, climate and migration
  • Decolonisation, politics, knowledges and power
  • Planning, finance, technology and data
  • Rights, equity and inclusion
  • Education systems including workforce and curricula
  • Holistic learning processes and outcomes

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