Dina Kiwan, PhD
Academic Fellow in Citizenship Education
Programme Director, International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC) http://www.bbk.ac.uk/icedc
School of Continuing Education
Birkbeck, University of London
Fellow of International Summer Institute on Citizenship and Migration, funded by Andrew F. Mellon Foundation and Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (2007 – Berlin; 2008 – Stanford University).
An ESRC Seminar Series award running from January 2009 – January 2011, entitled ‘Education for national citizenship in the context of devolution and ethno-religious conflict’ , including keynote speakers Professor Will Kymlicka and Professor Amitai Etzioni. Further details available at: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/icedc/events/current/esrc
Co-investigator of ESRC grant of ‘Intersecting Identities: Women’s spaces of sociality in post-colonial London’ RES-148-25-0022, part of ESRC Identities and Social Action Programme
Teaching Programme Director for the MSc Citizenship Studies (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/ce/citizenship), and the PG Cert for Education for Democratic Citizenship.
Co-supervisor of AHRC-funded PhD studentship (Youth and Religion theme) with Professor Gordon Lynch and National Union of Students (NUS) – focusing on relationship between religious and secular on university campuses in the UK
I have over 10 years' experience in the fields of education, citizenship, human rights and psychology in the UK and the USA in the domains of research, teaching, policy and practice, having previously worked at Harvard University, Columbia University, Amnesty International at the United Nations, the National Council for Vocational Qualifications, and the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. Most recently, I was on a two-year secondment to the Home Office as the Head of Secretariat to an Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Integration (ABNI), set up by Professor Sir Bernard Crick (highly acclaimed political theorist and campaigner for political literacy in schools since the 1960s).
I have been responsible for advising the government on policy development with regard to immigrant education in English language and political literacy/citizenship, and the development of the new British citizenship test, which was introduced as a new requirement in November 2005. Previously, I was a researcher at the EPPI-Centre (Evidence for Policy and Practice Coordinating Centre), a DfES-funded initiative at the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU), Institute of Education, University of London, where I was responsible for supporting the work of external groups conducting systematic reviews in a range of topics in education, including citizenship education, diversity, and post-compulsory education.
I was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Harvard, and received my PhD in citizenship education from the Institute of Education, University of London in 2006.
A member of the Politics Studies Association (PSA)
Youth Citizenship Commission: A member of the Experts Advisory Board set up with the remit to advise the Youth Citizenship Commission, chaired by Professor Jonathan Tonge, former president of the Political Studies Association (PSA). The YCC has a remit to examine what citizenship means to young people, to consider ways to increase political participation and to lead a consultation on whether the voting age should be reduced to 16 years of age. It will report to the Prime Minister in Spring 2009. View website here
Lord Goldsmith Review of Citizenship (2007/08): A member of the Lord Goldsmith Review of Citizenship, and commissioned to write a pamphlet which was published in December 2007 by the Ministry of Justice
Government consultancies: Commissioned to carry out review on Diversity and Citizenship for DfES (05-06 – ongoing).
Committee work: Home Office ‘Life in the United Kingdom’ Advisory Group, advising Home Secretary on development of citizenship test (09/2002-09/03); Children of New Arrivals Advisory Group - Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) (11/03-06/04).
Evidence to House of Commons Select Committee: oral and written evidence given to House of Commons Education and Skills Select Committee Inquiry into Citizenship Education (06/06).
Academic Association memberships:
BSA (British Sociological Association), BERA (British Educational Research Association), and Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB), HE Academy.
Media appearances on BBC, Sky News Today, and BBC Asian Network to discuss ‘Britishness’; interviewed / work reported in Evening Standard and Times Educational Supplement (TES).
Recently completed/current research
My academic interests centre around citizenship, in particular interrogating theories of citizenship in the context of pluralist / multicultural societies. I am interested in citizenship as a normative ideal, in citizenship and participation, and in citizenship and education.
My PhD thesis examined key players’ conceptions of citizenship in the citizenship education policy and curriculum development process in England at secondary school level, with a particular focus on the extent to which ethnic and religious diversity has been accommodated with this process. This involved interviewing a wide range of policy-makers, including an interview with the Home Secretary, David Blunkett. My approach is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing primarily on sociological and politico-philosophical literatures, and applying this to the field of education.
Future research plans include examining the recent policy changes for those applying for British citizenship, which requires evaluation within the context of an expanding and contested range of meanings applied to British/UK citizenship, as well as an enhanced sense of what being and becoming British means within the politically and administratively devolved parts of the UK where there are diverse, competing and overlapping cultural, ethnic, religious and national sub-state identities.
I would be willing to supervise PhD students in the inter-related domains of citizenship, citizenship education, ethnic and religious diversity, and policy development.
Book Kiwan, D.(2008). Education for Inclusive Citizenship. London and New York: Routledge; with Foreword by Sir Bernard Crick.
Book launch on 07/11/07 with keynote lecture given by Professor David Miller, Professor of Political Theory, Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Launch opened by Professor Sir Bernard Crick.
Guest Editor of Special Issue of peer- refereed journals
Annette, J. Starkey, H. and Kiwan, D. (2008). ‘Education for Democratic Citizenship: Diversity and National Identity’ in the peer-refereed journal, London Review of Education, 6(1).(33%)
Kiwan, D. (2008). “A journey to citizenship in the UK”, International Journal on Multicultural societies, 10 (1), 60-75. (UNESCO special issue publication ‘Citizenship tests in a post-national era’)
Kiwan, D. (2008). ‘Diversity and Identity in Societal context: introductory remarks’, London Review of Education, 6 (1), 27-30.
Kiwan, D. (2008). “Citizenship education at the cross-roads: four models of citizenship and their implications for ethnic and religious diversity”, Oxford Review of Education, 34, 1, 39-58.
Kiwan, D. (2007). “Uneasy relationships? Conceptions of ‘citizenship’, ‘democracy’ and ‘diversity’ in the English citizenship education policymaking process”, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 2(3), 223-235.
Kiwan, D. (2007). “Developing a model of inclusive citizenship: ‘institutional multiculturalism’ and the citizen-state relationship, Theory and Research in Education, 5(2), 225-240.
Kiwan, D. (2006). “Constructing citizenship in the education policymaking process in England: an act of citizenship?”, International Journal of Learning, Vol 13 (6), 131-138.).
Kiwan, D. (2005). “Human Rights and Citizenship: an unjustifiable conflation?”, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 39 (1), 37-50.
Chapters in books
Kiwan, D. (2008). “Towards a theory of inclusive participative citizenship”, in G. Titley and A. Lentin (eds), The Politics of Diversity, Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
Kiwan, D. and Kiwan, N. (2005). “Citizenship education: the French and English experience”, p.136-158, in Young People in Transition: Becoming Citizens, C. Pole, J. Pilcher and J. Williams (eds), Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. (70% contribution).
Kiwan, D. (2004). “Is there a future for multiculturalism in higher education?”, Learning Matters, July 2004, Issue no.15, p.7.
Kiwan, D. and Houghton, N (2002). “Update: evidence-informed policy”, Learning and Skills Research, Autumn 2002, volume 6, number 1, p.12.
Kiwan, D. (2001). "The work of the EPPI-Centre", Learning and Skills Research, Autumn 2001, volume 5, number 1, 42-43.
Kiwan, D. (2007). Becoming a British Citizen: a learning journey. London: Ministry of Justice. Pamphlet for Lord Goldsmith Review of Citizenship, Ministry of Justice.
Ajegbo, K., Kiwan, D. and Sharma, S. (2007). Curriculum review: Diversity and Citizenship London: DfES. (40% contribution).
Crick et al. (2003): The New and the Old: the report of the “Life in the United Kingdom”
Advisory Group. London: Home Office. (20% contribution).
Crick et al. (2003): The New and the old: the interim report for consultation of the “Life in the United Kingdom” Advisory Group. London: Home Office. (20% contribution).
Kiwan, D. (2008). Book Review on Ben-Porath, S. (2006). Citizenship Under Fire. Princeton: Princeton University Press, in London Review of Education, 6 (1), 96-98. (special issueco-edited by Annette, Starkey and Kiwan).
Kiwan, D. (2007). Book Review on Gaine, C.(2005). We’re all White Thanks. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books, in Ethnic and Racial Studies, January 2007,Vol 30 (1),177-78.
Kiwan, D. (2006). Book review on Schiffauer, W., Baumann, G., Kastoryano, R. and Vertovec, S. (Eds.) (2005). Civil Enculturation: Nation-State, School and Ethnic Difference in The Netherlands, Britain, Germany and France. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, in Ethnic and Racial Studies, July 2006, Vol 29 (4).
Kiwan, D. (2004). Book Review on Pride, Richard A. (2002). The Political Use of Racial Narratives: School desegregation in Mobile, Alabama 1954-97, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, in Ethnic and Racial Studies, March 2004, 27 (2).
Kiwan, D. (2003). Book Review on Oommen, T. K. (2002). Pluralism, Equality and Identity: Comparative Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, in Sociology, 37 (4), 810-811.
Other Research reports
Gough, D., Kiwan, D., Sutcliffe, K., Simpson, D., Houghton, N. (2003). The effectiveness of personal development planning for improving student learning: a systematic map and review. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit. (40% contribution).
Guest Editor of Special Issue of peer- refereed journals Kiwan, D. with Starkey, H. (Eds) (2009). ‘Civil society, democracy and education’, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice 4(2) (forthcoming). (90% contribution)
Kiwan, D. (2009). ‘Civil society, democracy and education: introductory remarks’, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 4 (2) (forthcoming).
Articles under review in peer-refereed journals
Kiwan, D. (2008). ‘Friends, Londoners and countrywomen: from spaces of sociality to active citizenship?’ Citizenship Studies.
Kiwan, D. (2008). ‘Educating for Patriotism?’, Citizenship Studies (as part of proposed special issue under review)
Jackson, S. and Kiwan, D. (2008). ‘Encounters, intersections and multiplicity: women’s identities in post-colonial London’, Feminist Theory. (40% contribution)
Jackson, S., Cox, R., Khatwa, M. and Kiwan, D. (2009).‘Living London: Women negotiating identities in a post-colonial city’ in Liveable Lives, Palgrave Macmillan, (forthcoming) [volume of ESRC Identities Programme findings] alphabetical ordering – 20%)
Kiwan, D. (2009). ‘Multiculturalism and mutual understanding’ in Crick B. and Lockyer, A. (eds). Active Citizenship: what could it achieve and how? Edinburgh University Press(forthcoming).
Kiwan, D. (2009). “Citizenship at KS3 and KS4”, in Promoting Equality in Secondary Schools, M.Coles (ed), London: Continuum. (forthcoming).
Patriotism and Difference. Proposal to submit to Oxford University Press.
Part-time learning in Higher Education (co-edited with Jamieson, A, Jackson, S. and Callender, C), currently submitting proposal for ESRC seminar series to support this work.
26/02/04: Interviewed for article in The Evening Standard on the introduction of citizenship ceremonies.
23/06/06: My evidence to the House of Commons Education and Select Skills Committee Inquiry into Citizenship Education quoted in Times Educational Supplement (TES) – ‘Classes to stop suicide bombs?’ (06/06).
08/07: Interviewed for Asahi Shimbum (2nd largest Japanese daily newspaper) on citizenship education in England.
21/04/08: Interviewed for The Star (South African daily newspaper) on legacy of Enoch Powell: ‘Immigration adds to dynamism.. and tension’.
02/10/08: Interviewed for SecEd, for an article on citizenship education, a weekly newspaper distributed to every secondary school in England.