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Robert Michael White

Dr, Coordinator; Inclusion and Equity: UNESCO Task Force on Teaching

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  • 76 Citations
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Personal profile

Research Interests:

International contributions to Learning & Teaching

Robert has contributed to learning for children as an Outdoor Educator, Primary School Teacher, Secondary School Teacher, countywide Behaviour Support Teacher and as a Head Teacher.  In Higher Education he has worked as a Lecture at the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Centre for Psychiatry Queen Mary University of London; Reader at the Institute of Education University of Wolverhampton and presently at the School of Education University of Aberdeen. Previously in the US he was a Tenured Professor at East Tennessee State University.  Robert’s contribution to learning and teaching in Higher Education was first recognized in the UK in 2007 when he gained Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy. Internatioanlly Robert's work has been recognised by the United Nations leading to his recent appoint to the post of International Coordinator for Inclusion and Equity on the UNESCO Teacher Task Force for Education 2030. In the US Robert was recongnized for his commitment to improving the student experience with his appointed by the Senate to the General Education Advisory Committee.  Robert’s work has also led to him becoming a consultant for the National Institute of Education in Singapore.

Internationally Recognized contribution to Research and Scholarly Activities

Robert’s contributions to research and scholarship has gained national and international recognition with his research concentration in the social, emotional and mental health needs of children. In the UK his Building Schools of Character has been implemented in schools across England and has gained recognition by OFSTED with one report indicating it could be a ‘model for the country’. Robert's research and publications have also received international recognition leading to invitations to speak at conferences in Russia, Hungary, Italy, Korea and the US. The most recent recognition of Robert’s contributions to the wellbeing of children through facilitated learning opportunities is an invitation from UNESCO to be a key contributor during the UNESCO Symposium on School Violence Prevention in 2017. This invitation is a strong indication that his work is not only garnering international recognition but turning toward becoming world leading as the reach of his research continues to grow.  Robert is also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Applied Psychology and sits on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Educational Studies and the Multicultural Education Review.  He also serves as grant reviewer for the ESRC, MRC and HTA in the UK; The European Research Council (ERC) and the Ministry of Education, Singapore. He is currently the Primary Investigator on a 8.8m Big Lotto funded grant in the UK investigating school and community based approaches to improving the mental health of young people.  In addition, Robert has research projects in South Korea, Nigeria and Kenya ranging from social emotional development, reducing school violence and bullying, promoting culture of peace to mobile learning in the digital age to improve connectivity. Robert’s scholarly activities include writing numerous peer reviewed articles, writing and contributing to books, presenting at international conferences around the world, editing and reviewing manuscripts, evaluating grant application for multiple funding bodies and delivering professional development seminars and workshops for teachers, mental health service providers and scholars. In addition, Robert is working to bring neuroscience into his investigations in the near future to develop a richer understanding of the neural correlates of emotional self-regulation, social competence and decision making by using functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS).

External positions

UNESCO Coordinator Inclusion and Equity Task Force on Teaching

18 Sep 2017 → …


  • BF Psychology
  • Personality
  • Motivation
  • Child Development
  • Transcultural
  • LB1501 Primary Education
  • Learning
  • Teaching
  • Behaviour
  • Social, Emotional Development
  • Peadagogy
  • School Reform
  • Cultural Competence

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Research Output 2014 2017

  • 76 Citations
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 3 Article
  • 1 Paper
75 Citations

Early, Accurate Diagnosis and Early Intervention in Cerebral Palsy

Novak, I. , Morgan, C. , Adde, L. , Blackman, J. , Boyd, R. N. , Brunstrom-Hernandez, J. , Cioni, G. , Damiano, D. , Darrah, J. , Eliasson, A-C. , de Vries, L. S. , Einspieler, C. , Fahey, M. , Fehlings, D. , Ferriero, D. M. , Fetters, L. , Fiori, S. , Forssberg, H. , Gordon, A. M. , Greaves, S. & 20 others Guzzetta, A., Hadders-Algra, M., Harbourne, R., Kakooza-Mwesige, A., Karlsson, P., Krumlinde-Sundholm, L., Latal, B., Loughran-Fowlds, A., Maitre, N., McIntyre, S., Noritz, G., Pennington, L., Romeo, D. M., Shepherd, R., Spittle, A. J., Thornton, M., Valentine, J., Walker, K., White, R. & Badawi, N. Sep 2017 In : JAMA pediatrics. p. 897-907 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cerebral Palsy
Early Diagnosis
Neurologic Examination
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Open Access
moral education
personality development

Building Cooperative Communities of Learners; a Transcultural Perspective in Education for Multicultural Settings

White, R. M. 2016 The Korean Assocaition for Multicultural Education 2016: Envisioning New Possibilites of Multicultural Education. Multicultural Education Review

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
pupil behavior
school climate
action research

Building Schools of Character: Implementation and Delivery of a school wide approach to character education

White, R. M. 2015 Character Scotland.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Activities 2012 2017

Putting the Pieces Together; Reducing School Violence

White, R. M. (Speaker)
Jan 2017

Activity: Workshop, seminar, or course

UNESCO Task Force on Teaching for Education 2030

White, R. M. (Speaker)
18 Sep 2017

Activity: Conference

Building Cooperative Communities of Learners: Transcultural perspectives for a multicultural world

White, R. M. (Speaker)
May 2017

Activity: Types for Internal and external academic activities - Invited talk

Reducing bullying within schools through integrative character education and restorative processes

White, R. M. (Speaker)
16 Jan 2017

Activity: Types for Internal and external academic activities - Invited talk