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Academic Biography

Dr Jean Pierre Elonga Mboyo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he completed his primary and secondary education. He then spent three years in Uganda studying philosophy at undergraduate level after which, Jean Pierre moved to England to study Theology for a further three years. He later enrolled to study with Sheffield Hallam University and was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 2003, Masters of Science in Education in 2011 and a Doctorate in Education in February 2017. After working as a teacher in secondary schools in England for over 14 years and temporarily holding some middle leadership responsibilities, Jean Pierre took up a Senior Lectureship role at Teesside University from April 2018 and teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate stages.

Summary of Research Interests

Jean Pierre’s doctoral research comparatively explores the leadership experiences of urban primary head teachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and England. Beside cross-context comparative educational leadership, he has developed publishing interest around school inspection, Ubuntu leadership in schools, BME and school leadership and ethics in school leadership.

Jean Pierre is interested in developing theoretical social conceptualisations to ground social practice within the practice turn. He uses those ideas to frame his area of expertise (educational leadership) and others may use them to understand, critique and frame practice in their own fields. He has developed ‘methodology of Ubuntu/ structuration’. He is in the process of proposing a Nuanced Critical Realist theory, and Swimopticon as a post-panoticon way conceptualising spatial leadership. He is working on articles intended to disseminate his doctoral research, which is built on what he calls ‘comparativism’ as a post-modern construct.

Research Projects & External Funding

On-going research and research dissemination projects: Nuanced Critical Realism; Swimopticon as a Post-panopticon construct for spatial leadership; Comparative leadership; How the Concept 'experience' is conceptualised with implication on school leadership, hiring of staff and inductions

PhD and Research Opportunities

Jean Pierre welcomes proposals from the field of education particularly educational leadership and within his area(s) of expertise and interest. Currently supervising doctoral research on female experiences of educational leadership

External Roles and Professional Activities

Peer-reviewer (EMAL, JBS) and editorial board member (REAL).

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

  • Undergraduate: Children's Rights; Foundations of Policy; Notions of Childhood
  • MA: Contextualising Education
  • EdD: Integreting Primary and Secondary Research in Education


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