Mario Novelli is Professor of the Political Economy of Education and Director of the Centre for International Education (CIE) at the University of Sussex. His research explores the relationship between education, globalisation and international development, with a specific focus on education delivery in conflict affected contexts. He is currently working on issues related to the role of education in peacebuilding processes and has worked with UNICEF on a series of research projects since 2010.
He was Co-director of a major Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding, partly funded by UNICEF, between 2014-2016. He has carried out consultancies and research projects for a range of bi-lateral and international organizations including DFID, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNICEF, and UNESCO.