Dr Claudia Gillberg
Claudia has a PhD in education and has always been interested in building bridges through participatory methods that help facilitate community-based projects. She supports collaboration to address pressing issues of citizenship, full participation in society, the right to education, full access and work ethics.
Claudia is inspired by the early feminist pragmatists as well as John Dewey’s philosophy and practice of education and democracy.
Claudia’s research interests comprise learning in informal settings, participation, organisational development, ethics and feminist pragmatism. When Claudia relapsed into severe illness a few years ago, she started taking an interest in Disability Studies while struggling with her own identity and issues of exclusion/inclusion and full citizenship. She realised that able-bodiedness is automatically ascribed a positive value, so she is now exploring ways to understand and resolve problems of devaluation and exclusion owing to chronic illness and ensuing disability. Online participation and activism as forms of exercising citizenship for the home and bedbound are of great interest to her.
In her pre-severe illness life Claudia had roles on a number of organising committees for gender equality, advised UNICEF on their project Human Rights Respecting Schools, helped organise a World Congress for Action Research in Melbourne in 2010 and supervised Masters and PhD students. She has taught on the history and philosophy of education, gendered knowledge production, teacher education programmes, citizenship and education, as well as feminist pragmatism.
Claudia is an affiliated scholar with the Swedish National Centre for Lifelong Learning and a member of several academic as well as professional bodies.