Shaghayegh Bahrami, MEd (Education) PhD Student (Educational Theory and Practice)
Shaghayegh is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Theory and Practice program at SFU Faculty of Education. She completed her Masters in Education at Harvard University in 2016 and holds a B.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Tehran. With more than a decade of experience spanning research, curriculum development, teaching, and teacher education, they have led professional learning communities and guided teachers in action research projects, as well as facilitated participatory action research projects in community contexts. Committed to decolonial and community-engaged methodologies, Shaghayegh's research centers on identity, language, teacher education, and teacher professional development. Shaghayegh’s diverse journey across Iran, the US, Canada, Poland, and Indonesia brings an international and cross-cultural perspective to their work as a researcher and practitioner.
Karine Fernandes, PhD (Chem.), PhD Student (Education), Simon Fraser University
Karine is a PhD student in the Educational Theory and Practice program at the Faculty of Education. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Education with a focus on Chemistry, a Master's degree in Education, and completed her PhD in Chemistry (Chemistry Education area of knowledge) in Brazil. Her research interests span environmental education, science education, and animal rights advocacy. With a diverse academic background, Karine brings a multidisciplinary perspective to her studies. Starting her doctoral studies at SFU in 2023, she is enthusiastic about contributing to the university's academic community. Her goal is to collaborate with fellow researchers and make meaningful contributions to the fields she is passionate about.
Chunhong Liu, PhD Candidate (Languages, Cultures, and Literacies), Simon Fraser University
Chunhong is a PhD candidate in the Languages, Cultures, and Literacies program at the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on the intersection of discourses, emotions, and subjectivity. Chunhong’s doctoral research is centered around international students and their experiences in academic publishing within the neo-colonial framework of academia. He is also interested in research on second language education, feedback, Critical English for Academic Purposes, and multilingualism. His research has been published in journals such as Journal of Second Language Writing, Assessing Writing, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, English for Specific Purposes, Language Teaching Research, and System.
Aylar Nash, PhD Candidate (Educational Psychology), Simon Fraser University
Aylar brings over seven years of expertise as a user researcher, showcasing a comprehensive skill set in the planning, design, facilitation, and synthesis of user research studies. Her collaborative efforts with diverse, multidisciplinary teams have honed her understanding of user behaviour and preferences. Aylar applies this knowledge to offer insightful, actionable recommendations, empowering teams to craft products that are both effective and user centric. Her research primarily focuses on user experience, driven by the conviction that enhancing user engagement is paramount for the success of digital products and services. Committed to uncovering the dynamics of user engagement through aspects like usability, interface design, and content strategy. Aylar is keen on devising innovative strategies to improve these factors. Partnering with organizations, she aims to foster the development of creative solutions that boost the user experience and contribute to the success of their offerings. Aylar is eager to explore collaborative opportunities, aiming to align her expertise with organizational goals and interests in enhancing user engagement.
Micheal Obakhavbaye, PhD Candidate (Educational Technology and Learning Design), Simon Fraser University
Micheal Obakhavbaye is a PhD candidate in Educational Technology and Learning Design, with a research interest in STEM education, critical digital/data literacy, and AI in education. He has over a decade of combined teaching and research expertise, most notably working to democratize digital skills and STEM learning for students in deprived communities by teaching and providing the resources they require to further their learning.
Spozhmay Oriya, MA (Education), PhD Student (Educational Psychology), Simon Fraser University
Spozhmay Oriya, PhD student in educational psychology program at the Faculty of Education, SFU. She has BA in psychology and MA in Education. Spozhmay was Assistant Professor at Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Kabul University in Afghanistan for 15 years. Most of her teaching and research is in psychology. Her research interests are in trauma, war, and trauma-informed education. She has conducted research projects with national and international researchers and has published her work in international journals.
Anna Rumjahn, MEd (Educational Management & Leadership), PhD Student (Philosophy of Education), Simon Fraser University
Anna is a PhD student in the Educational Practice and Theory: Philosophy of Education program at Simon Fraser University. She completed her Masters of Education in educational management and leadership from the University of Sydney, Australia. Her Masters’ thesis engages in autoethnographic research to examine the the role of Stoic philosophy vis à vis early-career teaching. Anna is interested in contemplative inquiry and practices in education, self-cultivation, human flourishing and the role of wisdom traditions in wellbeing and well-becoming.
Prior to commencing her studies at SFU, Anna was an elementary teacher in Australia. She welcomed the challenges of teaching in a pandemic, shaping her identity through cultural responsiveness and contemplative practices. She continues to carry these forward in her collaborative engagements in teaching and learning spaces across British Columbia, Canada. Anna is excited to highlight research, practices and reflections from a range of disciplines to the philosophy of education field.