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Abdishakur Tarah

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Abdishakur Tarah is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Institute of Education within School of Social Science. His areas of teaching cover global education, special educational needs and disabilities, social justice in education, radical education and foundations, indigenous knowledge. He is a research active he has published number of academic papers and a recently a chapter.

Research areas

  • School leadership in developing countries
  • Education in conflict and crisis affected countries (Africa)
  • Special Educational Needs in less resourced countries
  • Community education provisions; supplementary and complementary education
  • School based mentoring and advocacy for children of disadvantaged background or risk of school exclusion.

External activity

Abdishakur is a member and fellow of the following bodies:

  • British Education Research Association (BERA)
  • Advance Education-UK formerly know Higher Education Academy
  • British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)
  • Council for Disabled Children
  • Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE)
  • USAID’s Higher Education and Learning Network (HELN)
  • USAID’s Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN)
  • National Resources Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE)


Conference Paper: Use of Dialogical Approaches to Minimise Institutional Conflicts between Ministries of Education and Federal Member States in Somalia. Heritage Institute’s Annual Conference, held in Djibouti, 4-6 December, 2022.

Conference paper: Benefits of Parental Involvement in educational intervention for learners with disabilities in England: Teachers Perspectives, co-authored with Dr. Krishan Sood. KISE’s Annual Conference held 23-24 November, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Chapter in a book “Indigenous methodology: Challenges and Opportunities for Participatory Action research with school leadership in a conflict-affected zone”. This chapter will be part of a book on “Indigenous Methodologies, Research and Practices for Sustainable Development” Springer 2022.

Paper “Covid-19 - Challenges faced by primary school governors and the impact of this on children’s learning”, January 2021, Co-authors, Dr. Krishan Sood, Dr. Malini Mistry, Publisher, Association of Primary Education, UK.

Paper “The Impact of Covid-19 on the education of Somali students: Challenges and Recommendations. Publishing in progress at Race, Education and Decoloniality, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University.

Conference contributor - Financing Education in Africa Conference, 15-16 May 2019, Nairobi, Kenya. Paper: Business Sponsored academies; possibilities and challenges for Africa, Case study Academies in the UK.

Somali Community in the UK, the role of Somali Diaspora Community in promoting the well-being of Somali heritage SEN Children in the UK, conference jointly organised by Global Somali Diaspora and School of Oriental and African Studies, 24th March 2019, London, UK.

Contributor to 2nd East African Inclusive Education Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 22- 23trd March 2018,

Conference paper: Leadership practice in inclusive education, case study two inner city secondary schools in England. - Master of Ceremony, Somali Global Diaspora Annual Conference, 14-17th June 2019, Istanbul, Turkey.

Academic Poster: Retention and Progression of BME UG students, comparative NTU and Sheffield Hallam, May 2018.