Brian Lally

Research project: Educational experiences of Syrian refugees in Lebanon: voices from the margins


My research will examine the experiences of young Syrian refugees in a range of education programmes in Lebanon.  By exploring their education life histories, it aims to give voice to those too easily ignored or forgotten and thereby to improve the quality of education for children and young people who are refugees, or otherwise affected by conflict and fragile contexts.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Educational experiences of Syrian refugees in Lebanon: voices from the margins
  • Research supervisor: Dr Melania Calestani


I am an educator and researcher with broad experience in the sector including teaching, education leadership, safeguarding/child protection and programme management.  I have worked extensively at local, regional and national levels both within schools in the UK (including as Headteacher of a secondary school) as well as in East Africa, Indonesia, Central America, West Africa and China.

For my MA at the UCL IOE, I specialised in education in emergency, conflict and fragile contexts, and education provision for refugees in particular.  For several years I have been working with a Syrian-led NGO delivering education provision for refugee children and young adults in Lebanon through 9 primary schools as well an extensive range of vocational training and initiatives facilitating access to higher education provision. I have also been working with Syrian NGOs operating in the education, health, nutrition and protection sectors in northern Syria and southern Turkey.

Areas of research interest

  • Education in Emergencies
  • Education Leadership
  • Professional Development in Education
  • Education and International Development


  • MA in Education & International Development, UCL Institute of Education
  • NPQH, National College of School Leadership
  • PGCE, Liverpool Hope University
  • MA in Theology, University of Oxford


Could refugee education in Lebanon provide a model for all?

Aneta Hayes, Derek McGhee, Natalie Garland and Brian Lally (2019)