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Eri Mountbatten-O'Malley

Eri Mountbatten-O'Malley

Eri has double-First class honours degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in International Politics and English literature and has recently completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education at Edge Hill University (with Distinction). As a result, he is now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Eri’s has a breadth of local and national experience working within the Third sector and student union movement, in particular researching and campaigning for disability rights. For example, he has been active in mental health, public policy and research via his strategic work for Citizens Advice, NAWRA and NASMA. In recognition of the impact of his advice and campaign work ‘going above and beyond’ the call of duty, he was awarded NASMA Student Money Adviser of the year 2016.

Outside of academia, he has around 5 years’ experience teaching and research within wellbeing policy and practice, social policy and social welfare law. In addition, his recent academic experience includes co-teaching on modules across the three main faculties of Edge Hill University. This includes teaching on topics such as justice & criminology (health), mind & behaviour (psychology), and conceptions of education (education). This year he is leading on the problem-based learning module which equips undergraduates with key academic skills using dialogical and social constructivist pedagogical approaches. Eri’s central pedagogical interest is in nurturing critical thinking and complex concept development in students.

After many years in policy and campaign work, Eri’s research interests are therefore at the cross-roads between epistemology and ethics by taking a philosophical approach to understanding concepts relevant to matters of the social justice and ‘common good’. In particular, his interests in concepts such as ‘well-being’ and ‘happiness’ led him to focus his PhD research on a conceptual analysis of ‘human flourishing; this is due for completion in 2020. His Director of studies is Dr Leon Culbertson. He has also had the opportunity to share his research and read papers at international conferences on the possibilities and problems of using concepts such as ‘wonder’ and ‘human flourishing’ in educational contexts and will be reading further papers over the coming year on related topics.