Hello, my name is Raul Valdivia and I’m a new member of the GCMC team at Newcastle University. I worked in global citizenship education for many years in the UK, mainly training school teachers and running an international school linking project funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). I’m particularly interested in critical pedagogies for global learning and promoting epistemic justice in education. I have a PhD from the Department of Cultures and Languages at Birkbeck, University of London, and a CELTA qualification with International House London. I enjoy talking to teachers and sharing ideas and resources for global learning. If you have a question about global citizenship education, just drop me a line! Thank you. Gracias. Añay (Quechua).
PS: I’m a photographer too! My pictures often reflect what’s on my mind. At the moment, I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of ecology of knowledges. To me, this picture represents the epistemological diversity of the world, the existence of a plurality of knowledges which needs to be recognised. As Boaventura de Sousa Santos argues, ‘there is no global social justice without global cognitive justice’.