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Dr Chris Counihan

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing


Dr Chris Counihan is an Assistant Professor in Education at Northumbria University and a Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Dr Counihan completed his PhD in education which studied the effects of a peer-mediated literacy intervention with children from rural India. Chris has over ten years experience of working and leading on international development and education projects. His primary research interests lie in the field of child development and policy initiatives in education. He is currently developing ideas under the ‘Education for All’ agenda that targets poverty alleviation and educational empowerment. Dr Counihan’s research has positively impacted children’s learning opportunities in some of the poorest areas of the world that include: India, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.


Chris Counihan

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  • Developing Academic Study Skills: Techniques and Guidance for Undergraduate Students, Counihan, C. 17 Nov 2022, The Handbook for Nursing Associates and Assistant Practitioners, London, SAGE
  • The effect of different teacher literacy training programmes on student’s word reading abilities in government primary schools in Northern Nigeria, Counihan, C., Humble, S., Gittins, L., Dixon, P. 3 Apr 2022, In: School Effectiveness and School Improvement
  • Rethinking accountability and performativity culture of publicly audited private schools in Uttar Pradesh, India, Counihan, C. 22 Sep 2020, Imagining Better Education 2020
  • Choosing Education: Evidence from India and Towards a Parental Ecology, Counihan, C. 19 Jun 2019, School Choice Around the World
  • When a Right Goes Wrong: The Unintended Consequences of India's Right to Education Act, Iyer, G., Counihan, C. 18 Oct 2018, In: Economic Affairs
  • The Last Bell: Breaking the Gridlock in Education Reform, by Carl Bistany and Stephanie Gruner Buckley: London, UK: Profile Books, 2015, 208 pp., $24.95 (hardcover), Counihan, C. 10 Jul 2017, In: Journal of School Choice
  • Endogenous education in India and the implications of universal peer teaching in the 19th century ; Handbook of International Development and Education, Counihan, C. 2015
  • Handbook of International Development and Education, Dixon, P., Humble, S., Counihan, C. 2015
  • Introduction to part III ; Handbook of International Development and Education, Counihan, C. 2015

  • Education PhD October 31 2017
  • Higher Education Teaching Fellow Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

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