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Eleonora Aiello


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Research interests

My research focuses on youth experiences, voices and the intersections between education and health/wellbeing (mental, physical, sexual, environmental etc.). I look at Italy, my country of origin, and the global world. In my PhD, I study Italian upper-secondary students‘ experiences of how their mental health and well-being relate to and are shaped by their school lives.

Some related and sub-interests include:  

  • Disability and disability studies 
  • Relationships and sex education  
  • Health education  
  • Environmental education 
  • Disabled research and researchers  
  • Neurodiverse/divergent research and researchers  
  • Lived experience research and researchers  
  • Research and education as activism  
  • Animals and nature in education  
  • Ecocentrism 
  • Participatory and action research approaches 
  • Creative and art-based research methods  
  • Social justice theories (to better understand the above) 
  • Critical theories (to better understand the above) 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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