Chair and Co-Chair Profiles

Paul R. Carr, Chair


Département des sciences de l'éducation

Université du Québec en Outaouais


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  • Research concerned with social justice, with specific threads related to education for democracy, media literacy, peace studies, intercultural relations, and transformational change in education

  • Editor of sixteen books, and the sole author of the award-winning Does your vote count? Critical pedagogy and democracy (Peter Lang, 2011), in addition to over a hundred peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

  • Co-editor of four book series, and also has been an editor of several journals

  • Co-founder and co-director of the Global Doing Democracy Research Project, founded in 2008 with Dr. David Zyngier (Monash University, Australia) 

  • Speaks English, French and Spanish, collaborates with colleagues internationally, and has won several awards for his academic achievements and leadership 

  • Principal Investigator of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant entitled Democracy, Political Literacy and the Quest for Transformative Education, which has generated a broad range of articles, books and contributions to the field

  • 2014/2015: undertook several projects with the UNESCO International Teacher Task Force for Education For All in Paris

  • Before entering academia, was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Ontario Ministry of Education, working on equity/social justice policies, programs and initiatives

Gina Thésée, Co-Chair


Département de didactique

Université du Québec à Montréal


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  • Research focuses on teacher education, teaching in secondary education, transformative education, inclusive education, critical pedagogy and epistemology, interculturalism, environmental education, and science education

  • Past Director of the Bachelor in Secondary Education program at UQAM

  • Member of the Teacher-Education Programs Accreditation Committee (CAPFE), an advisory committee to the Quebec Ministry of Education, which reviews all teacher-education programs in the twelve universities of the province

  • 2006: laureate for the Montreal Black History Month, which honoured her for her work in the Black community

  • Co-Investigator of the Democracy, Political Literacy and Transformative Education research project; collaborated with Carr on numerous publications/projects. 


  • Since 2012, involved UNESCO International Task Force on Teachers (TFT) for Education For All (EFA), with active participation in policy dialog fora in Namibia, Congo (DRC), Morocco, Mexico and Cambodia 

  • Wrote a “Policy brief on inclusion and equity in teacher policies and practices” for the TTF in 2016

  • Before becoming a university professor, was a secondary science teacher in Montreal for 13 years

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