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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Madeleine Le Bourdon, BA (Liverpool), LLM (York), PhD (University of Northumbria at Newcastle)


Lecturer in International Relations and Development

Telephone: 020 7882 6877
Room Number: Arts One, 2.03A
Office Hours: Thursday 11am-12pm, and Friday 2-3pm


Madeleine joined Queen Mary in 2019, having previously worked as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Northumbria, the University of Sunderland and York St John’s University. She obtained her PhD from the Centre for International Development at Northumbria in 2019 where she focused upon the conceptualisation and practice of global citizenship in global learning.

Madeleine has worked internationally as a global learning consultant, designing material, delivering content and training practitioners to teach on international development topics. Her previous work has also included conducting research for an education pressure group in South Africa, curating content around Human Rights for the UK Curriculum and co-ordinating community intergration projects in the north east of England.

The focus of Madeleine’s research centres on the role of informal spaces, interactions and emotions in shaping ideas of global citizenship.

Twitter: @MLeBourdon


Research Interests:

Madeleine’s research has focused upon the micro-level practices of global citizenship in global learning. In particular, the role of the senses, the physical and emotions in shaping ideas of global belonging.  The context of this research has been set within multicultural learning environment. Madeleine seeks to take her findings further to understand these practices within wider educational settings.

Additionally, Madeleine is also interested in the role of emotions in development research, having written several conference papers on the role of emotions in ethnographic approaches to global learning research.

Examples of research funding:

  • International Society for the Third Sector Conference (ISTR) Travel Grant (2018)
  • Children’s International Summer Villages Conference (CISV) Travel Grant (2018)
  • Postgraduate Funding for research in Lucknow, India (2016)
  • Three-year studentship scholarship for Doctoral Research, University of Northumbria (2015-2018)
  • Funding for the United Nations Association Seminar Series, University of Liverpool, (2013)


Book Chapters

Le Bourdon, M., (2019) The role of informal spaces in Global Citizenship Education, in International Perspectives on Global learning, Ed. D.Bourn, Bloomsbury: London

Journal Articles

Le Bourdon, M., (2018) Global Citizenship and Informal Interaction, Policy and Practice: Development Education, Issue 26 (April 2018)

Le Bourdon, M., Feeling global belonging; sensorial experiences in global learning, The Senses and Society, (Forthcoming)

Le Bourdon, M., Exhaustion and Elation: Doing Global Learning Research, Qualitative Research, (Forthcoming)

Online publications

Le Bourdon, M., (2019) Global citizenship education: acknowledging the importance of informal spaces for learning, European Commission: EPALE