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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Amanda McCorkindale

Thesis title

'Humanitarian Education: The Moments of Humanitarian Learning'


My research is looking at how humanitarian topics are being conveyed, and the affective nature of these topics, to secondary school students within Greater Manchester. This term has seen me presenting at conferences on my preliminary work and narrowing the focus of my research.

I am a trained secondary school teacher who has taught within the United States and Scotland. While teaching I found that students were eager to engage with charitable campaigns however this resulted largely in monetary contributions [in the forms of bake sales or non-uniform days] with little attention paid to the students’ academic engagement with wider humanitarian issues.

My research will explore the roles of the teachers, schools and organizations (national/international governmental and non-governmental) in supporting and providing humanitarian education at the secondary school level.

Research interests

My research interests within humanitarian fields include:

  • Development education
  • Rise of modern day humanitarian organisations - History of humanitarianism
  • Role of the military in humanitarian response
  • Sociology of disaster response

Previous education

  • MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
  • MSED (Distinction) in Secondary Social Studies Education, Hofstra University, NY, USA
  • BA (Hons) History major Sociology minor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, USA


Wider research and teaching interests include:


  • US History - Native American culture & heritage, colonialism, revolution, founding fathers & creation of a new nation, expansion & reforms, industrialization, inter-war period (roaring 20’s and the Great Depression), WWII, post-war America, Cold War politics, contemporary American society.
  • History of Medicine


  • Sociology of AIDS
  • Sociology of Education within Britain/America

Why I'm doing a PhD at HCRI

The Institute's multidisciplinary approach provides a conducive environment for both research and supervision. I am able to work with top academics/practitioners within HCRI, throughout the university and the wider global network available. My research benefits from this multidisciplinary perspective that HCRI offers.

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