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Research Spotlight: Reva Joshee

Peace & Social Justice

How can we ensure that policy processes honour and support the values of diversity, peace, and democracy?

Reva Joshee is interested in democratic approaches to policy and education, as well as diversity and social justice policies in education.

Her research is framed by understandings of democracy and peace. Under this framework, Reva examines issues of citizenship, diversity, and policy in India, Canada, and the United States and the relationships between theory, policy, and practice in education for diversity and peace.

Reva works with students and colleagues to develop ways to enact a pedagogy of ahimsa – a term Gandhi used to define his approach to peace, which translates to “non violence” and literally means “to not do harm”. She uses the lens of education for peace as defined by Gandhian principles throughout her work.

She is often approached by federal policy developers to provide advice and commentary on new policy and program direction, particularly with the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Council of Ontario Directors of Education, and the University of Alberta & Mahatma Gandhi Foundation.

Reva Joshee is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education, co-director of the Centre for Leadership and Diversity, and chair of the Advisory Board of the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace.

Reva's faculty profile (TPS)

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