Hazel Eileen Johnson


Hazel Johnson has a background in Sociology, Social Administration and Development Studies. She has interests in social learning for development, rural livelihoods and action on livelihoods. Her research interests have taken her to Central America, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya. She is joint managing editor of the Journal of International Development and a Council Member of the Development Studies Association (DSA).

Hazel Johnson’s recent research interests focus on knowledge and social learning for institutional change, including projects on active learning and social inclusion in environment and development in Zimbabwe (with Gordon Wilson); the impacts of educational programmes in development policy and management on course participants and their organizations in Southern Africa and the UK (with Alan Thomas); and learning and knowledge transfer in North-South municipal partnerships (with Gordon Wilson). She was part of a consortium of researchers in Europe and Africa analysing the potential of using electronic distance training for promoting learning and action on sustainability in African local government. She has supervised doctoral students in the institutionalization of educational change; ethnicity and development; gender in development; knowledge engagements in development consultants and advisers. She currently supervises doctoral research on: collective action and innovation (Bolivia); ICTs and gender equality in development (Uganda); teachers’ lives in rural Sub-Saharan Africa; young people's engagement with co-operatives (Uganda and Lesotho); climate change and forest-based communities (Kenya and Uganda); United Nations Integrated Missions (DRC and Kosovo); peace education in Uganda.

Hazel Johnson has been a core leader and member of teams creating undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum in Development Studies and Development Management. Undergraduate curriculum includes poverty, inequality and livelihoods, and the role of ICTs in development. Postgraduate curriculum includes capacities for managing development, institutional development and education for development. She was one of the first directors of the OU’s MSc in Development Management and established its global programme. She recently held a British Council Education Partnerships in Africa grant to support innovation education and training in collaboration with the African Centre for Technology Studies in Kenya.

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