Dr Dina Belluigi
Research Associate

Dr Dina Zoe Belluigi is currently an academic in Higher Education Studies at Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), and an Honorary Supervisor on Liverpool University’s Higher Education Doctoral Programme (UK). Prior to this, she was a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University. She is honoured to serve a number of advisory and practitionaer roles, including as a member of the External Advisory Group of Equality Diversity and Inclusion for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and as an advisor on the programme for displaced Syrian academics in Turkey for the Council for At Risk Academics (CARA).

Dina read for her transdisciplinary PhD at Kingston University (London), under the supervision of Prof Emeritus Bernadette Blair and Ann Hulland.

Her background is in fine art, having taught fine art studio practice as a practicing artist. This interest in creative arts education and the burdens of representation has continued in much of her research, from arts-based research approaches through to research into the hidden curriculum and assessment in creative arts education.

Her current research grapples with the conditions for academic citizenship, participation and development; and the question/s of authorship, authority and agency within and beyond institutional borderlines. Underpinning these foci is a concern with interpretative frameworks in higher education (and in higher education studies), the ways in which their dynamics and machinations constrain or enable agency, and the significance of this for social justice and critical consciousness.

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