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Dr Maria Antonia Manresa

Teaching Fellow

Teaching Fellow in the School of Education


My research interests are in multilingual communicative practices and epistemological differences in intercultural education as part of classroom teaching practices, education policies and the relationship between school and community. I conducted my PhD research (2012-2018), exploring the relationship between schooling and the sustaining of relative autonomy within an Ecuadorian Amazonian Kichwa indigenous territory.

I have an MA in philosophy of education from the Institute of Education, UCL, (2012) and a PGCE from Homerton College, Cambridge University, (2001).

I have over 6 years’ experience teaching in higher education, both in the UK and abroad. In 2018 I worked as lecturer of Intercultural Education and Diversity at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Ecuador and was project coordinator of a collaborative program with 5 other Ecuadorian universities, in the setting up of an online repository on Intercultural Education in Ecuador, funded by UNESCO. I am member of the national Ecuadorian research group “Misiones y Pueblos Indígenas” (Religious Missions and Indigenous peoples), as well of member of “Red Iberoamericana de redes y colectivos de maestro/as educadores de investigación para la emancipación” that brings together research and teaching practices promoting social justice within education.

My interest in intercultural education arose from collaborating with Amazonian community groups and local NGO’s campaigning against oil extract and other mass exploitation projects in their territories. In this context I coordinated various popular education programs and networks with indigenous community and young people’s groups of the Ecuadorian Amazon region.