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Last updated 18th April 2024


Jim Reid is a Reader in Education in the School of Business, Education, and Law. He is deputy REF co-ordinator, and is developing international research relationships for the School of Education where he co-ordinates QR work. 

Previously a social worker, Jim's research interests primarily focus on marginalised people and communities with a particular interest in giving voice to experience through partnership, participation, and empowerment. He was instrumental in bringing together the team that developed the award winning Life-Saving Lullabies project to reduce infant and maternal mortality in Zambia. He is a visiting research fellow at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa where he is developing projects and new understanding of Family Capabilities that foregrounds families as a verb - what families do to achieve prosperity and wellbeing. He is also a Research Associate with The Lullaby Project at Carnegie Hall, New York. Previously, Jim worked on projects in Vietnam, and with UNICEF in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

He is a member of the Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society (HUDCRES), a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, founding convenor of the Children and Childhoods SIG at the British Educational Research Association (BERA), and a member of the BERA conference and events committee. He is on the advisory board of the UNICEF Global Health and Education chair, a peer reviewer for EU Horizon, and regualrly reviews for international journals.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Social Justice
  • ethic of care
  • Children and childhood
  • Education and wellbeing
  • Voice


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