Dr M Mahruf C Shohel PhD (Manchester) MSc (Manchester) PG Cert (Open)

Dr M Mahruf C Shohel

Lecturer in Education

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Before joining Aberystwyth University, Dr Shohel worked for several British universities including the University of Cambridge, The University of Manchester, The Open University, the University of Sunderland, & Bucks New University. He was an Honorary Research Fellow at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow & an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Leicester.

Dr Shohel was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology, Faculty of Education and Language Studies, The Open University, UK. There he worked on a large scale multi-partner international collaborative project, English in Action (DFID funded) as well as other international development projects including TEMPUS (EC funded), YOTS (CREET funded) & INSPIRE (British Council funded).

He carried out his postgraduate research on computer assisted language learning & doctoral research on school transition, especially focusing on transitionfrom nonformal to the formal education sector, using Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory as a theoretical framework. He worked as a Research Intern with BRAC, the world largest NGO in terms of programmes & employees, several times during his doctoral research. He has been working with a research group in Manchester which is focusing on fieldwork research in the global south.

In 2007, he was a Guest Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Finland. In 2012, he was, through a very competitive selection process appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the Innocenti Research Centre, UNICEF Office of Research, Florence, Italy. His current research interests include learning journey of individual students, teachers' professional development, technology in education, English language teaching & learning, childhood poverty & educational exclusion, education for disadvantaged children including sex workers' children, street children & working children in the global south.


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Dr Mahruf Shohel's educational background and work experience provided him the opportunities to utilise his skills and expertise in education and international development, teaching and learning, and educational research methods. His primary teaching interests include international development, globalisation and education, education for sustainable development, nonformal education and community development, teachers' professional development, technology for enhancing teaching and learning, inclusive innovation in education, gender and education, urbanisation and climate change as well as research methodologies (both qualitative and quantitative).


His research is very much related to the broader field of education & international development from which most of his research works & publications have been derived. His research has particularly focused on areas of teaching & learning; education & development; school transition; using technology for enhancing teaching; teachers' professional development; & nonformal education & community development. Throughout these themes he has engaged with a critical analysis of the equity & social justice issues, with specific emphasis on access to education & learning for disadvantaged children.

His research interests include ecological systems theory & transition in educational settings with the application of mixed method longitudinal interpretative studies to explore the experience of individual students.

Current Research Project

  • Research-led Teaching at Undergraduate Level: Developing a Toolkit for Undergraduate Dissertation Tutors

Funding Received

  • Teaching English language at secondary schools: Effective integration of ICT to enhance teaching & learning in Bangladeshi classrooms
  • Enhancing higher education teaching & learning in Bangladesh: Fostering the pedagogical knowledge, teaching skills & research capabilities of early career academics
  • Capacity development of faculties of education in international approaches to teacher education
  • Uplifting communities towards quality primary education through university graduates
  • Impact of education on sex workers & their Children: Case studies from Bangladesh
  • Critical area research to improve formal schooling for disadvantaged children & young people in Bangladesh
  • Students' Lives Study: Exploring academic & personal lives
  • Teachers' Lives Study: Exploring professional & personal lives
  • Educational research in cross-cultural perspective: Exploring the possibilities & challenges in Bangladesh
  • Exploring classroom practice & teachers' views about using technologies in UCEP schools



Shams, S., Shohel, M. 2016. Food Security and Livelihood in Coastal Area under Increased Salinity and Frequent Tidal Surge. Environment and Urbanization ASIA 7 (1) pp. 22-37. 10.1177/0975425315619046 Cadair

Shohel, M. 2016. Informal Learning in Bangladesh: Contexts, Challenges and Prospects. In M. Harring., M. D. Witte., T. Burger. (eds) Handbuch informelles Lernen: Interdisziplinare und internationale Perspectiven. Beltz, Weinheim pp. 277-288. Cadair


Shohel, M., Jia, M., Jahan, R., Roy, G. 2015. Methodological Challenges and Concerns of Using Interview Method to Conduct Socio-culturally Sensitive Research. Bangladesh Journal of Educational Research 1 (2) 8 pp. 100-115. Cadair


Shohel, M. 2014. Impact of Childhood Poverty on Education for Disadvantaged Children in Bangladesh. Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts 4 (2) pp. 77-94. 10.5723/csac.2014.4.2.077 Cadair

Shams, S., Shohel, M.M.C., Shohel, M.M.C., Ahsan, A. 2014. Housing Problems for Middle and Low Income People in Bangladesh: Challenges of Dhaka Megacity. Environment and Urbanization ASIA 5 (1) pp. 175-184. 10.1177/0975425314521538 Other Other Other Cadair


Shohel, M. 2013. Access to education for the children of sex workers in Bangladesh: opportunities and challenges. Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts 3 (1) pp. 13-31. 10.5723/csdc.2013.3.1.013 Cadair


Shohel, M. 2012. Nostalgia, transition and the school: an innovative approach of using photographic images as a visual method in educational research. International Journal of Research and Method in Education 35 (3) pp. 269-292. 10.1080/1743727X.2012.713253 Cadair

Shohel, M.M.C., Banks, F. 2012. School-based teachers ’ professional development through technology- enhanced learning in Bangladesh. Teacher Development 16 (1) pp. 25–42. 10.1080/13664530.2012.668103 Other Cadair

Shohel, M.M.C., Kirkwood, A. 2012. Using technology for enhancing teaching and learning in Bangladesh: challenges and consequences. Learning, Media and Technology 37 (4) pp. 414-428. 10.1080/17439884.2012.671177 Cadair

Shohel, M. 2012. Open and Distance Learning for Teachers' Professional Development: The English in Action (EIA) Model for the Global South. In J. L. Moore., A. D. Benson. (eds) International Perspectives of Distance Learning in Higher Education . InTechOpen pp. 93-108. Cadair

Shohel, M., Ashrafuzzaman, M., Nazmi, S.N., Babu, R., Mubarak, M.F., Al Mamun, M.A., Das, A.R. 2012. Impact of education on sex workers and their children: case studies from Bangladesh. In D. M. Sabet., T. Rahman., S. Ahmad. (eds) Sex Workers and their Children in Bangladesh : Addressing Risks and Vulnerabilities. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Bangladesh pp. 158-180. Cadair


Shohel, M.M.C., Howes, A.J. 2011. Models of Education for Sustainable Development and Nonformal Primary Education in Bangladesh. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development 5 (1) pp. 129-139. 10.1177/097340821000500115 Other Other Cadair

Howes, A.J., Grimes, P., Shohel, M.M.C. 2011. Imagining inclusive teachers: contesting policy assumptions in relation to the development of inclusive practice in schools. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 41 (5) pp. 615-628. 10.1080/03057925.2011.574969 Other Other Cadair


Shohel, M. 2010. Transition from Nonformal to Formal Education in Bangladesh: An Exploration of the Challenges Students Face. Lambert Academic Publishing Cadair

Shohel, M.M.C., Power, T. 2010. Introducing mobile technology for enhancing teaching and learning to the English language classroom in Bangladesh. Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning 25 (3) 4th International Malaysian Educational Technology Convention (IMETC 2010). pp. 201-215. Other Other Other Other Cadair

Shohel, M.M., Power, T. 2010. Introducing mobile technology for enhancing teaching and learning in Bangladesh: teacher perspectives. Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning 25 (3) pp. 201-215. 10.1080/02680513.2010.511953 Other Cadair

Shohel, M.M.C., Banks, F. 2010. Teachers' professional development through the English in action secondary teaching and learning programme in Bangladesh: Experience from the UCEP schools. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 2 (2) World Conference on Educational Sciences. pp. 5483-5494. 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.894 Other Cadair

Shohel, M. 2010. Young people's informal learning in nonformal school: Experience from Bangladesh. In D. Şahhüseyinoğlu., D. Ilisko. (eds) How do Children Learn Best? Araştırmacı Çocuk Merkezi | Children's Research Centre pp. 114-127. Cadair


Shohel, M.M., Howes, A. 2008. Informality of teaching and learning in nonformal schools: Socio-cultural processes as mesosystems of student development. Education 3-13 36 (3) pp. 293-309. 10.1080/03004270802217900 Other Other Cadair


Shohel, M.M.C., Howes, A.J. 2007. Transition from nonformal schools: learning through photo elicitation in educational fieldwork in Bangladesh. Visual Studies 22 (1) pp. 53-61. 10.1080/14725860601167200 Other Other Cadair