Erik Cownie studied community development as an undergraduate at Ulster University. In 2012 he completed his PhD at Ulster which entailed a sociological study of social and educational disadvantage in Belfast.
Eric began his career at the University as a part-time Lecturer before becoming a full-time Lecturer in 2016. Prior to this he was a research consultant at the School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast. In recognition of his teaching and research practice, Erik has attained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Eric has two main areas of research:
In his role as a research consultant with the School of Education at Queens University Belfast, Erik has worked on several research projects including:
He currently teaches on the BSc Community Development course, and Ulster University’s Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and Unblocking Potential (UP) programmes.