Audrey Helen Osler

Audrey Helen Osler


Fakultet for humaniora, idretts- og utdanningsvitenskap
Institutt for kultur, religion og samfunnsfag
Campus Drammen (5598)
My research addresses socio-political aspects of education, focusing in particular on young people’s human rights, participation and citizenship and on teachers' work and careers. I am interested in how education for democracy and diversity can be strengthened in both established democracies and in post conflict settings.


  1. Diversity and Human Rights in Education (DIHRE) (co-director with Prof Trond Solhaug, NTNU);
  2. Human rights and schooling: reconciling cosmopolitan  ideals and national contraints


  • Education for democratic citizenship
  • Human rights education
  • Child rights in education
  • Multiculturalism and diversity
  • Post-conflict education


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Recent and forthcoming publications 


Osler, A. (2016) Human rights and schooling: Cosmopolitan ideals and everyday realities. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.


Osler, A. (2015) Human rights education, postcolonial scholarship, and action for social justice. Theory and Research in Social Education 43(2): 244-274.

Osler, A. (2015) The stories we tell: exploring narrative in education for justice and equality in multicultural societies. Multicultural Education Review 7(1): 12-25.

Osler, A. (2015) Giving voice to the voiceless in Israel. Times Higher Education, 16 July.

Osler, A. & Starkey, H. (2015). Education for cosmopolitan citizenship: a framework for language learning. Argentinian Journal of Applied Linguistics 3 (2):


Lindquist, H. Lybaek, L. & Osler, A. (2014) Nasjonsbygging i skolen. Drammens Tidende, 10.

Osler, A. (2014) 人權教育與世界公民:理論探討及其在不同社會文化背景之應用[Human rights education and cosmopolitan citizenship: theoretical considerations and their application in differing socio-cultural contexts]. Taiwan Human Rights Journal , 2(3): 3-18.

Osler, A. & Lybaek, L. (2014) Educating ‘the new Norwegian we’: an examination of national and cosmopolitan education policy discourses in the context of extremism and Islamophobia Oxford Review of Education 40 (5): 543-566.

Osler, A. (2014) Identitet, demokrati og mangfold i skoler: nasjonale og internasjonale perspektive, in: J. Madsen, J. & H. Biseth (eds) Må vi snakke om demokrati? Om demokratisk praksis i skolen. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. pp. 46-62.

Osler, A. (2014) Human rights, scholarship and action for change, in: Grant, C and Zwier, E. (eds) Intersectionality and Urban Education: Identities, Policies, Spaces & Power. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, pp. 249-265.

Osler, A. (2014) Democracy and diversity in schools: recognising political realities and re-imagining the nation. EWC Statement Series Fourth Issue. Oslo: European Wergeland Centre.

Osler, A. (2014) Norway’s quiet revolution. Times Higher Education 17 July.

Starkey, H., Akar, B., Jerome, L & Osler, A. (2014) Power, pedagogy and participation: ethics and pragmatics in research with young people. Research in Comparative and International Education 9 (4): 426-440.


Osler, A. (2013) Bringing human rights back home: Learning from "Superman" and addressing live political issues at school. The Social Studies 104:2, 67-76.

Osler, A. & Starkey, H. (2013) Mandarin translation of Changing Citizenship: democracy and inclusion in education. Singapore: McGraw Hill Asia.

Osler A. & Yahya, C. (2013) Challenges and complexity in human rights education: teachers’ understandings of democratic participation and gender equity in post-conflict Kurdistan-Iraq. Education Inquiry 4 (1): 189-210.

Osler, A. & Yahya, C. (2013). Human rights education in Kurdistan, Iraq: enabling teachers to contribute to processes of gender equality, democracy, development. In: A. Heshmati, A.Dilani & S.M.J. Baban (Eds.) Perspectives in Kurdistan’s Economy and Society in Transition Vol.2. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 433-457.


Ahmad, N., Lybaek, L. Mohammed, I. & Osler, A. (2012) Democracy and diversity: teaching for human rights and citizenship in post-conflict Iraqi Kurdistan. Race Equality Teaching 30(3).

Osler, A (2012)  Citizenship Education and Diversity, J.A. Banks. (Ed)  Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Sage.

Osler, A (2012)  Citizenship Education in Europe,  J. A. Banks. (Ed)  Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Sage.

Osler, A (2012) Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Education, J.A. Banks. (Ed)  Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Sage.

Osler, A. (2012) Teaching for inclusive citizenship, peace and human rights. In P. Cowan & H. Maitles (eds) The Challenge of Teaching Controversial Issues in the Classroom: Key Issues and Debates. London: Continuum. pp 71-83.

Osler, A. (2012) Higher education, human rights and inclusive citizenship, in: T.N. Basit and S. Tomlinson (eds.) Social inclusion and higher education. Bristol and Chicago, IL: Policy Press. pp 295-312.