About Us

The Project Team

Steering Committee

The Repair-Ed Steering Committee has substantial expertise in working for social and education justice in Bristol

  • Dr Annabel Wilson
    Annabel is a Black feminist scholar and a sociologist of education committed to the study of racialisation and educational inequality. Annabel’s PhD research followed the lives of Black ‘mixed race’ young people and their family members, exploring the development of racialised subjectivity and its effects on social action. Born and bred in inner city Bristol, within a working-class Caribbean family, Annabel has experienced the Bristol education system first-hand.
  • Ben Spence
    Vanetta (Ben) Spence brings over two decades of educational leadership experience in inner-city schools in Bristol that serve diverse student populations. Transitioning from Secondary School leadership to leading a Primary school community, Ben's career has been dedicated to addressing inequities in education across the phases. Her return to Secondary leadership in 2023 was driven by a commitment to fostering inclusive learning environments.
  • Emma Thomas
    Emma Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of West of England and co-founder of the Black JOY trail project, which disrupts dominant curriculum narratives by learning through the lens of joy. As a teacher and school leader she has worked in numerous primary schools across Bristol.
  • Dr Finn Mackay
    Finn is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of England and has a professional background in youth work, education policy and the women's sector. Finn is the author of two books: Radical Feminism: Activism in Movement, and Female Masculinities and the Gender Wars.
  • Fatima Mohamed Ali
    Fatima is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of the West of England and a former primary teacher and curriculum lead. She is also a Commissioner for Education on the Bristol's mayoral Commission for Racial Equality.
  • Claire Neaves
    Claire brings a wealth of experience from her former roles as lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across a Multi-Academy Trust and as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator. She holds experience across all phases of education and is a trustee for The MaternityTeacher PaternityTeacher project.
  • Elise Hurcombe
    Elise lives in Bristol with her family. She is passionate about Culture, Inclusion and Equity. She loves the power of making connections and collaboration and her role as Arts Development Manager at Bristol City Council enables her to do that for and with communities in Bristol. She is also a trustee of WECIL, who support disabled people live independently across the West of England.

Scientific Advisory Group

The Repair-Ed Scientific Advisory Group brings together experts in reparative justice, educational inequalities, histories of schooling, futures-thinking and philosophy.

  • Dr Kevin Myers
    Kevin is Professor of History and Education at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Struggles for a Past (Manchester University Press) and has published widely on aspects of memory, migration and education.
  • Dr Paulina Sliwa
    Paulina is Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at the University of Vienna, Austria.
  • Dr Prachi Srivastava
    Prachi is Associate Professor in education policy and global development, at Western University, Canada. Her research focuses on privatisation, non-state engagement and the right to education.
  • Dr Sharlene Swartz
    Sharlene is a youth sociologist at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa and an Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Cape Town.
  • Dr Keri Facer
    Keri is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on questions of time and temporality, sustainability and sociodigital futures – in particular, the creation of democratic, critical, participatory futures.
  • Dr Kalervo N. Gulson
    Kalervo is Professor of Education Policy at the University of Sydney, Australia. His current research focuses on the links between artificial intelligence, race and education policy.
  • Dr Noah W. Sobe
    Noah is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago where he studies the histories and futures of education.
  • Dr Julia Paulson
    Julia is Dean and Professor in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research focuses on transitional justice, memory and education
  • Dr Adelin Dumitru
    Adelin is Assistant Professor at the National University of Science and Technology POLITEHNICA Bucharest. His research interests are intergenerational and reparatory justice, republican political theory, ethics of refugees.