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Academic Biography

Dr Chris Counihan is a Lecturer in Education at Teesside University and a Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Dr Counihan completed a PhD in education at Newcastle University which studied the effects of a peer-mediated literacy intervention with children from rural India. Chris has over ten years experience of working and leading on international development and education projects. His primary research interests lie in the field of child development and policy initiatives in education. He is currently developing ideas under the ‘Education for All’ agenda that targets poverty alleviation and educational empowerment. Dr Counihan’s research has positively impacted children’s learning opportunities in some of the poorest areas of the world that include: India, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Chris welcomes potential PhD enquiries from students interested in international education and development, education technology and child development. Projects that plan to look at education effectiveness are particularly welcome. 

Academic Responsibilities

Dr Counihan is currently supervising the following PhD project

  • Andrew McLaughlin: Managing Change: Developing strategies to improve teaching practice, through the implementation of technology, blended learning and Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Newcastle University

Master, Newcastle University


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