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Dr Colins Imoh

Research Fellow

Faculty/Dept/School Centre for Inclusion and Diversity
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Emailc.imoh@bradford.ac.uk

Biography

Dr Colins Imoh is passionate about social action, sustainable development, nonviolent movement, peace education, diversity, and peacebuilding. 

He is a scholar and teacher. He taught peace studies at the University of Toledo. He is Quality Matters certified online course designer,  instructor and peer reviewer. (https://www.qualitymatters.org/Home | Quality Matters)

Professionally, he obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Toledo, USA, exploring the application of the capability approach developed by Amartya Sen in conflict prevention. An MA in Conflict Transformation and Organizational Leadership from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, USA and an MPhil in Environmental Management and Sustainability from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a graduate certificate in Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston, USA. 

He was the pioneer coordinator of the Africa Network of Young Peace Builders, a strong network of about 200 youth-based organization and individuals involved in Peacebuilding, human rights and good governance working from the UNOY Peacebuilders Foundation International Secretariat in the Netherlands. 

He served as the Partners for Peace (P4P) Project Manager, a network whose mission is to build social capital around peacebuilding.  P4P is an initiative of Chevron Inc, USA. Prior to working as P4P Manager, he was the Director of the Centre for Social Transformation and Human Development (CHDST). He coordinated various peace & civic education programs in the communities including the weekly live Radio programme on democracy, good governance, human rights, peace & development.  

He is an Advisory Board Member of International Institute for Peace Education (IIPE); Board of Experts of the One Humanity Institute; Children of the Earth Board member; International Steering Committee Member of the African Peace Fellows –California State University, Sacramento, Member of the International Consultancy Panel of the Mediators Beyond Borders; among others.  He is in the editorial board of In Factis Pax journal of peace education and social justice.  

He has written articles and book chapters in his areas of interest.

Research

My research focus at the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity (CfID) includes exploring and conducting different research activities that contribute contextual information and evidence to the priority areas of social integration, inclusion and diversity programmes to inform decision making.

The issues of residential segregation, school segregation and factors in hate crime reporting are of interest. This analyses the determinants of segregation, by looking at theories that drive residential segregation. As well as examining the effects of segregation on individual outcomes, such as poverty, education and employment including social mixing and levels of mistrust. My research agenda also includes examining the effect of school segregation on student attitudes, beliefs and values and in particular how this may influence behaviour such as choice of friends.  I am also interested in the effects of segregation on academic achievement particularly any causal links between school segregation, school resources and academic achievement. Finally, the factors for under-reporting of hate crimes is also a focus of my research.

Appreciating that people are at the heart of social development; the people have to be active participants in the process of justice and not mere recipients. They need to be empowered and provided the opportunity to make decisions. Capability theories can be used to evaluate why people are not achieving their potentials by examining the structural and systematic issues based on a social justice framework.

My research agenda is focused on the relationship between political, social and educational theory. At the core of this agenda is the study of the relationship between justice, peace, and democracy. As a political ideal democracy calls for self-determination, entailing the construction of participatory governance systems and public forums for the public use of reason.  My central question explores the nature of peace and justice in a globalized world. It examines what constitutes a civic and peace education consistent with that ethic.   

Therefore, my research centres on the relationship inherent in peacebuilding, democratization, inclusion, diversity and the various global dynamics.  This can be studied through the framework of the capability approach.