My family name is Hwa (华), and my given name is Yue-Yi (悦义).
If, like me, you can’t read Mandarin, you can approximate my name by saying the acronym for the United Arab Emirates – U.A.E.
I am the research manager for the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Programme. RISE is a seven-country research programme that uses systems thinking and a wide range of research methods to grapple with fact that millions of children in the Global South spend years in school without mastering foundational reading, writing, and maths skills. I am based at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government.
My research looks at various aspects of education systems, with particular interests in the teaching profession, education in developing countries, and cross-disciplinary synthesis. My larger research projects thus far have been:
Prior to starting the PhD, I spent two years teaching English in a high-need secondary school in my home country, Malaysia, and then worked at the Penang Institute, a think tank.
I am in the midst of adding my research to this website. In the meantime, my CV (which includes a contact email) is available here, and my current research and writing for RISE is available here.