Helen Avery

Researcher, Dr


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations
  • Educational Sciences


  • Future oriented methodology, Participatory methodology, Refugee studies, Sustainable infrastructure, Sustainable reconstruction and recovery, Post-conflict recovery, Language policy and education, Higher education policy, Systemic design, Interdisciplinary research, Transdisciplinarity, Creativity


Helen Avery is currently working with three projects at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies: Education in Transition, Sustainable Camps and Post-conflict Futures. Her work concerns sustainability transitions in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Syria and strategies for environmentally and socially sustainable reconstruction. Research interests include intercultural organisational development, creativity and transdisciplinarity in higher education, internationalisation strategies, as well as participatory and future-oriented methodologies in a variety of settings. Helen holds a PhD in education, and has earlier worked for international organisations in Geneva, including the International Red Cross and the Refugees and Rehabilitation Office of the World Alliance of the YMCA/YWCA. 

Member of the network for doctoral education FONSYD; network for training of doctoral supervisors NFU; International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research ICPHR network; Swedish Participatory Action Research Community SPARC.

Active in  the Forum for Intercultural Pedagogical Research at the Dept. of Education, Lund 2005-2006 (member of the management team).

2011-2016 PhD in Education at the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping

2010 Analysis of code-switching and language use in bilingual school classes with Arabic speaking and Swedish teachers.

2007 - 2009  Study of international students’ learning in an interdisciplinary Master programme in Sustainability studies.

2005 Literary Translation into Arabic Colloquium, Alexandria, 2-5 June 2005    (Swedish Institute at Alexandria).

2004 - 2007 Studies in Education: Education, Culture and Communication; Higher Education Pedagogy; Intercultural Pedagogy; Professional Supervising (Lund University).  

2000 - 2004 Studies in Linguistics, Human Geography, Modern Standard Arabic and Modern Hebrew, Lund University.

1989 Licence ès lettres University of Geneva, with the combination Classical Arabic, Linguistics, English.

1985 Demi-licence University of Neuchâtel, with the combination Linguistics, English, Arabic. Studies at Neuchâtel included a focus on bilingualism and applied linguistics with Bernard Py and François Grosjean.


2017  Lecturing on course Global Challenges, Malmö University. Examining the course Sustainability in a Multicultural World, Jönköping University. Teaching Basic Arabic and Middle East History and Society, Linné University (web-based distance course).

2016   Teaching on the course Sustainability in a Multicultural World, Jönköping University. Lecturing on course Interventions interculturelles, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland.

2012-  Since autumn 2012 and ongoing: continuous competence development for mother tongue teachers and special support tutors at the Division for Multilingual Education, Jönköping, and the Regional Development Centre, Jönköping.

2010  Intensive course in academic writing and intercultural communication for PhD students in Education, UMSS, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

2009-2015 Supervising student projects on distance course in didactics for Arabic mother tongue teachers, School of Education, Malmö University.

2015 Supervision student project spring term, Dept of Oriental Languages, Middle Eastern Studies, Stockholm University.

2006-2015 Lecturer in Arabic at Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. Developed web-based distance course and video materials for  iTunesU; leader of the team working on this project.

1996 - 1998 Teacher of French-English Translation at Dolmetscherschule, Zurich (IUED, Institute of  Translation and Interpreting).

Professional work

2010 Follow-up of Institution Building for Inclusive Special Education-project, Jordan.

2009 External evaluator of EU-project (Tempus) Institution Building for Inclusive Special Education (collaboration between Lund University, Malmö University, Humboldt Universität, University of Jordan and Hussein Bin Talal University). Monitoring on site and issuing of recommendations for Jordanian teacher training programmes in Special Education.

Coordination and project development at Learning Lund (cross-faculty centre for research in higher education and educational development at the university). Coordination and administration of Swedish International Development Cooperation project at Learning Lund, Lund University, to support PhD students in Education from Bolivia.

2007- 2009 Organisation and writing of EU-proposal for European doctoral school on language policy and impacts of medium of instruction in higher education (Marie Curie ITN).

2004 - 2006 Study guidance and responsibility for library at the Department of Classics and Semitics, Lund University.

1999 - 2000 Project work at the International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University: language policy needs assessment, communication and publication strategies.

1986-1991 World Alliance of YMCAs (section Refugees and rehabilitation); International Red Cross, Geneva.

Free lance work:

Self-employed. Translation, interpreting. Analysis and documentation in economics, law. Work for local radio station in Geneva covering Middle East issues.

Recent research outputs

Helen Avery, 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Åkerblom, A., Harju, A., Nordén, B. & Helen Avery, 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Helen Avery & Halimeh, N., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Formakademisk.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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