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December 15th, 2023

Meet the LSE HE Blog Fellows

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December 15th, 2023

Meet the LSE HE Blog Fellows

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Six Fellows will be sharing their expertise and insights over the course of 2024 – discover who they are and the topical themes they will be exploring

In November, we launched the LSE Higher Education Blog Fellowship scheme to draw attention to important issues in higher education from diverse perspectives through creating, curating, and commissioning content on a theme relating to their expertise and special interests.

We were delighted with the response, which saw scholars from across the world and across disciplines send in interesting proposals. It was such a strong field of candidates, that we increased the number of Fellows to six from five. The six LSE HE Blog Fellows for this inaugural round are:

Head and shoulders photo of Maha BaliMaha Bali

Maha is Professor of Practice, Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo, Egypt, and Co-facilitator of Equity Unbound.

Theme: Critical issues in AI in education: a view from Egypt


As an educational developer and public scholar at the American University in Cairo, my work is a bridge between discourses on higher education in the US and West and what is happening in Egypt, the Arab world, and Africa.



Sam Illingworth

Sam is an Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, where his work involves using creative pedagogies to explore staff and student belonging.

Theme: Using poetry to foster engagement and belonging in higher education


My academic journey has been marked by a commitment to using poetry as a tool for teaching, research, and engagement. Poetry is a powerful medium to enhance learning experiences, structure reflections, and build a sense of community.



Marina Cino Pagliarello

Marina is Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance of the EUI, Italy, and Visiting Fellow at the LSE European Institute, UK.

Theme: Universities as informal diplomatic actors: shaping and sharing knowledge to address global challenges

I’ll seek to illuminate the role of universities as autonomous actors in science diplomacy, shedding light on the importance of universities as diplomatic vehicles in solving complex policy problems and global challenges.


Amy Paterson

Amy is a South African medical doctor and PhD/DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford, UK, who is passionate about African-based medical education.

Theme: Medical education for a sustainable and skilled African health workforce

It aims to tell the stories of those shaping the future of healthcare education in Africa, laying the groundwork for a resilient and skilled health workforce poised to tackle the challenges of this century.



Mikołaj Szafrański

Mikołaj is a PhD student based at the LSE Law School, UK, and LSE Students’ Union Postgraduate Research Officer.

Theme: The political economy of student voice


Does the uptake of student voice correspond to a stronger sense of ownership among students? Is student voice more than a rubric in managerial workflows? What are the connections between the funding model of universities and the rollout of student voice gathering technologies?



Richard Watermeyer

Richard is Professor of Higher Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Higher Education Transformations (CHET) at the University of Bristol, UK.

Theme: Leadership and management culture and policies in HE and the implications for decision-making

Given the findings that the use of generative AI tools in academia might not alleviate but instead extend the dysfunctions of neoliberalism in HE, how does this influence the future trajectory of academic work?



We would like to welcome our inaugural Fellows and look forward to featuring their thought-provoking ideas and views on the blog.


This post is opinion-based and does not reflect the views of the London School of Economics and Political Science or any of its constituent departments and divisions.   


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