I am an international early childhood and early education researcher and professional, focusing on young children and their families, and the school, community, and broader contexts within which they live and grow. I have training and experience in the disciplines of psychology, social work, and education. (Hear me speak [mp3] about my background in social work in a podcast by the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.) In addition to Canada, I have worked in various Majority world contexts, including Pakistan and Kenya (much of this through my work with the Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva).
My work through these different lenses, and in these different contexts, has deepened my understanding of the complexities of childhoods, families, and communities; and the need for research and theory to be contextually grounded and socially relevant. My research, theoretical, and professional work is driven by and guided by these notions.
- I am a doctoral candidate studying Developmental Psychology & Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Toronto (Canada). My doctoral work examines the quality of early primary environments at government schools in Pakistan, and how these early learning environments affect young children’s educational outcomes. This is informing a contextually-grounded conceptualization of school readiness – ‘ready schools’ in particular – in Pakistan.
- I am working on a review and analysis of how early childhood curricula and policy documents address individual and social self-regulation. Our team is focusing on Ontario as a case study; we are also examining early childhood curricula from all Canadian provinces which have one, as well as some international early childhood curricula.
- I play a key role in the development and implementation of early childhood programmes and services in and for the Ismaili Muslim community in Canada.
I am interested in research, theory, and practice in a range of areas: early childhood development; early education (pre-primary and primary, and notions of ‘school readiness’); and human development in family, school, community, and broader social contexts. I am particularly interested in deconstructing and reconceptualizing mainstream notions of development and functioning.
My academic, research, and professional work are guided by values of social justice, equity, and human rights, including the rights of children.
Please feel free to get in touch with me around shared research interests, discussions, professional opportunities, and more.