2018 Recipients

Mariana Alvayero Ricklefs

Mariana Alvayero Ricklefs

National Louis University, USA

Dr. Mariana Alvayero Ricklefs is an educator with more than 10 years of experience teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) and two-way immersion programs. She has taught children from different cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in literacy and ESL/bilingual education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, she is an assistant professor at National Louis University in Illinois-USA. Her research interests include bilingualism/multilingualism, Spanish world language, bilingual-special education, teacher ideology, and multicultural children’s literature. She has published articles in peer reviewed journals. She has presented papers in state, national, and international professional conferences. Dr. Ricklefs is a former Fulbright scholar.

Lakshmi Balachandran Nair

Lakshmi Balachandran Nair

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Dr. Lakshmi Balachandran Nair has been an assistant professor of methodology and statistics at Utrecht University in The Netherlands ever since she completed her PhD in 2016. Her work explores various facets of qualitative research in management and social sciences. She has published in Journal of Business Research, Qualitative Research in Psychology, Scientometrics, Journal of Management Inquiry, Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, Academy of Management Proceedings, and Sage Research Methods Cases. She has also co-authored a book titled Strategic Novelty: A Definitive Guide to Outlier Strategies (Financial Times Press). For her work she has received various honors, including Academy of Management Best Paper Award.

Wendy Chen

Wendy Chen

George Mason University, USA

Wendy Chen is a doctoral student studying public policy at George Mason University, USA. Her research interests lie in education policy studies, cultural and community studies, and East Asia studies. Her research has been successfully presented at multiple top academic conferences and featured in academic journals. She has experience teaching undergraduate to doctorate level courses and has had her unique teaching methodology published in a top education journal in America.

Lesley Clack

Lesley Clack

University of Georgia, USA

Dr. Clack is an assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Her teaching and research interests span across the healthcare management spectrum, focusing on the areas of Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, Quality Improvement, and Strategic Management. Dr. Clack holds a doctor of science degree in health systems management from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, a master of science degree in counseling psychology from the University of West Alabama in Livingston, AL, and a bachelor of science degree in biological science from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.

Rafael Diaz Gaztelu

Rafael Diaz Gaztelu

University of Granada, Spain

Rafael Díaz Gaztelu, physicist, is also a science fiction author involved in popular science as well as math and physics education. His scientific background allowed him to write highly plausible stories as well as to educate and spread scientific matters among his readers, and his expertise in geophysics enables him to create dozens of possible worlds. His saga novel, Exoworlds, explores the future of the Earth and its possible setbacks (such as overpopulation or energy crises), and the development of humanity as a space faring civilization, and points out the problems and adversities that may arise travelling between stars and planets.

Rachel Ellison

Rachel Ellison

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA

Dr. Rachel Ellison is an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the health services administration program. Dr. Ellison has taught a variety of courses in the health care administration program. She has a PhD in human services. Dr. Ellison has authored a book,

The Phenomena of Female Homelessness, contributed in writing a textbook chapter, “Innovation in Service Design Thinking,” and is currently working on a textbook titled, Cases in Health Policy Management. She’s published in journals which include, The Clinical Advisor, Journal of Management Policies and Practices, and the Journal of Women and Aging. She has presented research at national conferences, such as Association of University Programs in Health Administration Annual Meeting and the National Rural Health Association Health Equity Conference.

Maria Fornieles

Maria Fornieles

University of Granada, Spain

Born in Granada, María Fornieles is a multidisciplinary professional. Graphic design, visual strategy, and digital marketing have become her interests in the recent years. She has B. A. and M. A. degrees in English philology and teaching respectively, and is graduated in graphic design. María has developed a passion for helping other professionals in their way to adapt their businesses to the new online technologies. She works for the videogame industry as a consultant for indie game developers, and has become a prominent speaker in related events as a member of Women in Games Spain. She published her first book in November 2017 and is already researching for her second book that will focus on visual education.

Juan Diego Garcia-Castro

Juan Diego Garcia-Castro

University of Granada, Spain

Currently, he is a PhD student in social psychology at the University of Granada. He is a lecturer from the University of Costa Rica who has been awarded a PhD scholarship. His research interests are social psychology of inequality, ideology and psychometrics. He is part of the Social Psychology of Inequality Lab at the UGR. He can be reached at juandiego.garcia@ucr.ac.cr.

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Shilpi Gupta

Shilpi Gupta

University of Granada, Spain

Shilpi Gupta, a research Scholar, is getting her master’s in women and gender studies from University of Granada. She is from India and has completed her master’s in Hispanic language and literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She did her MPhil on the topic Negociando Frontera Como un Sitio de ‘Belonging’ y ‘Non- belonging’ en los textos de Gloria Anzaldua y Taslima Nasreen. Currently, she is working on the Transnational literature of South Asian transnational women writers and understanding the significance of “homeland” from their texts. Besides, she writes poems and short stories which are going to be published soon in the form of a book. She also works for an NGO NIRMAN Nawada in her hometown, Nawada, Bihar, in India as a leading volunteer.

Beatriz Lopez

Beatriz Lopez

University of Granada, Spain

Beatriz López completed both her degree in translation and interpreting (2012) and her master’s degree in secondary education, vocational training and language teaching (2015) at the University of Granada. It was from her experience of teaching in different contexts that she became deeply interested in students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), especially dyslexia. In fact, her master dissertation, entitled “On a Dyslexic Student’s Shoes”, deals with the challenges that these individuals face when learning a foreign language. Her future research is aimed at implementing the Multisensory Structured Language (MSL) approach in a group of Spanish learners of English to prove its effectiveness compared to traditional teaching.

Jay Oguntuwase

Jay Oguntuwase

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Jay Oguntuwase is currently a Doctoral Researcher at the Nottingham Trent University, in the UK. His multidisciplinary research interest falls within the intersection between philosophy, language and communication; and politics and international relations. His specialization is Societal Conflict Resolution and Nation Building. Jay began his academic career at the prestigious University of Lagos where he first obtained a bachelor’s degree, graduating with honors while specializing in socio-political philosophy. He equally followed this up with a master’s degree with distinction also in the same discipline. He later obtained a postgraduate diploma and master’s degree respectively in mass communication with special interest in human communication, public relations, advertising and journalism. Later, at the University of East London, Jay obtained a postgraduate diploma in research. Specializing in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. In a couple of weeks, Jay will be defending his PhD thesis in the Philosophy underlying Intractable Societal Conflicts and Nation Building at the Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Jay had variously worked as a secondary school teacher, University lecturer, teaching political philosophy and communication courses and has worked for a leading newspaper for a while.

In the course of his research, Jay has presented a number of papers in local conferences. His interests in breaking boundaries of knowledge brought him to this conference.

Novieta Hardeani Sari

Novieta Hardeani Sari

Newcastle University, UK

Novieta Hardeani Sari is based at Universitas Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia. She is currently studying human and social geography at Newcastle University, UK, as a PhD Student. Her focus is communication studies applied to sustainable living and she is able to draw on her engineering skills when working in an interdisciplinary manner across culture.

Cristina Stanics

Cristina Stanics

University of Delaware, USA

Cristina Stanica is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Delaware, School of Public Policy and Administration. Her research interests include new public governance in Central and Eastern European countries, more specifically the influence of political culture on co-production practices and the creation of public value. Additionally, she is interested in applying to the American model of engaged university for improving the collaboration between local governments and universities. Her study abroad program in Romania is an example of this effort. Cristina Stanica is currently a teaching assistant for the MPA online program at the University of Delaware.

Lei Zheng

Lei Zheng

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Lei Zheng is a doctoral candidate of curriculum studies and global studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, USA). Her research investigates how discursive-material practices of science and technology, social planning, and education reforms are entangled and mobilized transnationally with epistemological principles that historically (re)constitute and enact boundaries of time-space-subject of living and learning. Lei is also interested in interdisciplinary approaches that work upon/within/through space not merely as matter but, rather, mattering—disconnecting and reconnecting relations among ideas, technologies, non/human bodies, places, time, etc. Her dissertation works on the performative histories of STEM education reforms.

Andrea Barrientos Soto

Andrea Barrientos Soto

University of Granada, Spain

Andrea Barrienos Soto has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago in psychology with minors in Latin American studies and women’s studies. Her master’s degree is in administration, planning and social policy in education from Harvard University. Her research interests include resilience, alternative education and social education. Her recent publications include: “Perspective on Alternative Education in Puerto Rico: An Opportunity for Social and Educational Inclusion of Students that have Abandoned School” in The International Journal of Humanities Education; “Educación Alternativa y el perfil de sus docentes” in Revista de Cultura de Paz; and a chapter in a book, “Alternative Schools and the Development of Resilience and Peace”, published by the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. She is a collaborator of the Institute for Peace and Conflicts and a member of The Research Group on Emerging Values, Social Education and Educational Policy of the Faculty of Education Sciences, both at the University of Granada. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Social Education program of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Granada, Spain. She was born in Chile, was raised in New York and Chicago, and lived over twenty years in Puerto Rico. She currently resides in Spain.

Marium Akhtar

Marium Akhtar

National Defence University, Pakistan

The author is currently an MPhil peace and conflict studies scholar at the National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan. She is also currently working as a research associate in the global and regional studies branch at the Institute of Strategic Studies Research and Analysis (ISSRA), a think tank of National Defence University, Islamabad , Pakistan. Her research areas include peace building and reconciliation, conflict transformation, conflict resolution, nationalism and identity studies. She has written various research articles and analysis papers on the subjects and is currently focusing on identity crisis and nationalism as a contributing factor to political violence and conflict in contemporary times. She is the member of International Political Science Association (IPSA) and International Association of Political Science Students (IAPSS). Along with that, she is also a grassroots peace builder and is involved with various community work initiatives at local level in Pakistan.

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Adriane Ferrarini

Adriane Ferrarini

Universidade do Vale so Rio does Sinos, Brazil

Adriane Vieira Ferrarini holds a PhD in sociology from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, in 2007. She is full professor at the post-gradation program in social sciences at the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos), Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, and she coordinates the research group on "Solidarity and Cooperative Economy". She is currently a member of international researchers on social enterprise typologies and their impact on society. She also has experience on public policy managing and consultancy in the following areas: social innovation, solidarity economy and social policy.

Silvia Corral-Robles

Silvia Corral-Robles

University of Granada, Spain

Silvia Corral-Robles is currently a full-time professor of TEFL at the Faculty of Education and Humanities (Melilla Campus). She holds her PhD in educational sciences (2017). Before undertaking her doctoral studies, she earned a degree in English philology (2012). Within the following two years, she completed both her master’s degree in teacher training in secondary and upper secondary education, and vocational training and languages (2013), and her master’s degree in research and innovation (2014). Her research interests center around bilingual education, corpus-based research, written competence, error analysis, literacy and ICTs in education.

In Their Words

The emerging scholar community is an awesome community and the friendships gained will surely stay with us and be helpful in both professional and personal terms."

Bria Yifei Yan, 2017 Awardee

It is the perfect space to meet and expose several ideas and projects and also get opinions and comments from wonderful people. There is no research without perspective and dialogue and this congress opens an invaluable window to do it."

Silvia Agreda, 2014 Awardee

I observed a variety of different presentation styles and learned about topics within, involving, and outside of my discipline. I also learned about organizing a conference and chairing panels on a much larger scale than previous experiences I have had."

Tuulia Law, 2014 Awardee