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Dr Sara Parker

Dr Sara Parker

Telephone: 0151 231 5924



Sara is a Reader in Development Studies and is PI on a BA GCRF Sustainable Development Project entitled 'Dignity Without Danger' Collaboratively analysing stigma and taboos to develop innovative strategies to address menstrual exclusion in Nepal

She is Level 4 Year Tutor for students in the Sociology Department and Link Tutor on the Criminology Sociology joint degree programme. She and has worked at LJMU since 1994 and teaches modules on Globalisation and Development at Level 4, Qualitative Research methods in Level 5 and an International Field Work module at Level 6.

Passionate about participatory action research with strong research links in Nepal, Sara has been teaching in the School of Social Science since 1994. She completed her PhD on Actionaid's RELECT programme in the remote mountainous village of Sikles in the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal. Leading on from this she facilitated a community photography project which led to the publication of a coffee table book entitled 'Our Village Our Life Sikles in Focus' featuring photographs taken by local people. This project challenges stereotypical images of Nepal and focuses on local people representing their own reality. It brought together women's groups. youth group members and teachers and children in the local school and led to funds being raised for locally determined autonomous development projects.

Sara has also researched and published in the areas of gender and education, ageing in Nepal and more recently on the rise of fair trade in the 'Global South'. She has presented papers at the Fair Trade International Symposium in Mila, (May 2015) and is presenting a paper at the 4th International Visual Methods Conference in September 2015.

Sara's research interests are embedded into her teaching on modules such as World Development, Global Consumption, Methods and International Fieldwork modules. She has led field trips to China, Nepal and Brussels.

In addition to this Sara has recently founded a Community Interest Company, Fair Connections (Global) CIC, to develop materials and resources for the primary school curriculum on the topic of fair trade (two words!) and Nepal. She has co-written a story book aimed at primary school children in Key Stage one and two, entitled 'Adventures of Fairis a Nepali Frog'. An educational material and resources have been developed by Sara to support this story including a handmade fair trade based 'Global International Fair Trade Story Sack'. This is having a direct impact on the lives of people in Nepal by expanding the market for products made by WFTO members in Nepal. Fair Connections is providing internship opportunities for students at LJMU to develop their employability skills and gain invaluable experiences related to both ethical business and education - wee and also a foundation

She is also passionate about photography and travel and utilises a range of visual and participatory methods in her teaching, research and community engagement.




2005, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
1994, University of Bath, United Kingdom, MSc Development Studies
1989, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, BA (HOns) Geography

Academic appointments

Reader in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present


Journal article

Daly A, Parker S, Sherpa S, Regmi U. 2019. Federalisation and education in Nepal: contemporary reflections on working through change Education 3-13, :1-11 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Standing K, Parker S, Bista S. 2016. Grassroots responses to violence against women and girls in post-earthquake Nepal: lessons from the field Gender and Development, 24 :187-204 DOI Public Url

Doherty B, Smith A, Parker S. 2015. Fair Trade market creation and marketing in the Global South Geoforum, 67 :158-171 DOI Author Url

Parker S, Standing K, Shrestha BK. 2014. 'My grandfather broke all traditional norms by sending both his daughters to school': Lessons from 'inspirational' women in Nepal Gender and Development, 22 :91-108 DOI

Parker SL, Nikku BR, Khatri R. 2014. Social policy, social work and age care in Nepal: mapping services and missing links European Journal of Social Work Online, :1-16 DOI Author Url Publisher Url


Parker S, Standing K, Pant B. 2013. Caught in the cross fire: Children's right to education during conflict - the case of Nepal 1996-2006 Children and Society, 27 :372-384 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Parker S. 2011. Business and NGOs in interaction: A quest for corporate social responsibility GEOGRAPHY, 96 :53-53 Author Url

Dummer TJB, Cook IG, Parker SL, Barrett GA, Hull AP. 2008. Promoting and assessing 'deep learning' in geography fieldwork: An evaluation of reflective field diaries JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 32 :459-479 DOI Author Url

Parker S. 2005. Reflecting on REFLECT: Experiences of Non-Formal Education in Nepal Parker S. International Journal of Learning, Common Ground, 12 :17-28

Standing KE, Parker S, Mahtab N, Thapaliya H. Gender and Women’s Studies courses in Nepal, Bangladesh and the UK: experiences from the DelPHE link programme, Education and Development, 22 :85-106 Publisher Url

Standing K, Parker S. The Effect of the ‘Peoples War’ on Schooling in Nepal 1996 – 2006, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice,, 3 DOI Publisher Url

Parker S, Pant B. Longevity in Nepal, Environmental, Health and Policy Challenges International Journal of Society Systems Science Issue., 4 :333-345 DOI Public Url

Standing KE, Parker S, Bista S. ‘It's breaking quite big social taboos’ violence against women and girls and self-defence training in Nepal Women's Studies International Forum, DOI Author Url Public Url


Daly A, Parker S, Sherpa S. 2018. ‘Opportunities and barriers for public services presented by Federalisation in Nepal’ Centre for Educational Reserach/Arts, Professional and Social Sciences Reserach Exchange Author Url


Standing KE, Parker S. 2017. Girls’ and women’s rights to menstrual health in Nepal Mahtab N. Women's Issues and Rights in the Developing World :156-168 IGI Global Publisher. Hershey, Pennsylvania (USA) 9781522530183 DOI Publisher Url

Parker S, Pant B. 2009. Aging in Nepal: Emerging Issues and Challenges Powell JL, Cook IG. Aging in Asia :89-108 Nova Science Publishers 9781607416494

Parker S, Standing K. The Impact of Conflict on schools in Nepal’ Leach F, Dunne M. Education, conflict and reconciliation Peter Lang Pub Inc 9783039109456

Standing K, Parker S, Dhital L. Schools in Nepal: ‘Zones of Peace’ or Sites of Gendered Violence Leach FE, Mitchell C. Combating gender violence in and around schools Trentham Books Ltd 9781858563886


Standing KE, Parker SL. 2016. Overcoming intersectional barriers: Lessons from 'inspirational' women in Nepal Mahtab N, Parker S, Haque T, Sabur A, Sowed ASM. DOI


Mahtab N. 2016. Revealing Gender Inequalities and Perceptions in South Asian Countries through Discourse Analysis Parker S. IGI Global 9781522502807

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Education Reform in Nepal: Opportunities for Collaboration and Inclusive Education, Education in Nepal, Chautari Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal, Oral presentation. 2019

Evaluating the impact of long haul international fieldtrips and blogging on the student experience in Sociology, LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, LJMU, Oral presentation. 2017

Qualitative research in action: inspirational women in Nepal, LJMU Teaching and learning conference, LJMU, Oral presentation. 2017

Impacts on Menstrual Health : Reusable Sanitary Pads in Nepal, Britain-Nepal Academic Council, Oxford University, Oral presentation. 2017

Research Grants Awarded:

BA Global Challenges Research Fund Sustainable Development, Dignity Without Danger Collaboratively analysing stigma and taboos to develop innovative strategies to address menstrual exclusion in Nepal, Prof Madhu Sudan Subedi Tribhuvan University Dr Kay Standing LJMU Dr Stefanie Lotter SOAS University of London, Grant value (£): £299,500, Duration of research project: 27 months. 2018

British Academy/Leverhulme small grant, Re-usable sanitary towel projects: Assessing their wider impact on women's health and well-being in Nepal, Sara Parker, LJMU, Grant value (£): 7820.00, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2016

External collaboration:, lJMU School of Education and Sociology/Classrooms in the Clouds, Nepal, Classrooms in the Clouds, Nepal. 2018

Conference organisation:

Joint Nepal-UK Education and Research Workshop Educational Inclusion and Rights in Practice: Classroom in the Clouds NGO/LJMU School of Education, Organised by Classrooms in the Clouds NGO and LJMU School of Education/Sociology. 2018

Other invited event:

Reflection on Gender and Development in Nepal: Action Research over past 30 years, Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, Invited Presentation with Dr Sara Parker, LJMU. 2017

External committees:

British Nepal Academic Council (BNAC), Research committee, Executive Member, 2015

Developing Areas Research Group, Royal Geographical Society, Member and Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Coordinator. 2010


British Academy Small Grant, British Academy. 2011

Mainstreaming Gender in Higher Education: UK Nepal and Bangladesh, British Council. 2010

Membership of professional bodies:

Elected Executive Committee Member (2015), British Nepal Academic Council, 1999

Member, Development Studies Association. 1995

Member, Development Studies Association, 1995

Media Coverage:, Himalayan teachers join LJMU in Nepal-UK education workshops Classrooms in the Clouds, Nepal collaborated with the School of Education and Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to organise a participatory workshop on Culture, Inclusion and Sustainability, June 19-20th 2018. Teachers and supporters of Nepal education came from the Wirral, Dudley and across the North West to share experiences and insights into gender roles in education, the role of culture and learning in natural environments..

Other Professional Activity:

Blood Rituals: Light Night 2019 In collaboration with Dignity Without Danger, we present a collaborative multi-part installation examining rituals surrounding menstruation. Blood Rituals combines virtual reality, photography and film exploring menstrual experiences in Nepal with material from LJMU’s Femorabilia collection, artworks by Bee Hughes and Poloumi Basu and craft activities with Period Project Merseyside to reflect on menstrual stigma in the UK and globally..