Refugee inclusion in higher education in Uganda: discourses, digital technologies, and complexity

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Educational inclusion for refugees is increasingly and broadly being framed through digital means. This is problematically characterised at the macro level by global and national narratives that portray the digital as an external and universal force capable of radical transformation and inclusion, and at the micro level with more nuanced accounts that acknowledge an already‐present political economy of technology of everyday practices of (non)adoption and use. Particularly for refugees, inclusion is further characterised by a persistent liminality with its attendant experiences of transition and tentativeness. To illustrate the complexity of this inclusion, this presentation will explore findings from two related projects working with refugees in Uganda: a blended bridging programme for refugees to prepare for entry into Ugandan universities; and a project exploring what happens when refugees are in these same universities. Dr Michael Gallagher and Sandra Nanyunja will discuss their experiences with these projects, noting the tensions that emerge from the expectations of participation in university life, and Ugandan life more broadly, amidst digital structures and narratives that complicate inclusion.
PeriodJun 2024
Event titleRefugee Week 2024: Sanctuary Advisory Network at the Open University
Event typeSeminar
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • digital education
  • refugee
  • refugee Education
  • inclusion
  • Uganda