Carmen Martinez-Vargas is currently based at the Higher Education and Human Development Research Group (University of the Free State, South Africa). She has several years’ experience working with participatory approaches (participatory methods, methodologies and research processes) within the Global North and Global South, and her PhD project focused on the conceptualisation and implementation of a participatory capabilities-based research process to advance socially just higher education. Moreover, her research interest problematises intersections of decolonisation and social justice in the context of human development.

Recent Publications

Walker, M. and Martinez-Vargas, C. 2020. Epistemic Governance and the Colonial Epistemic Structure: Towards Epistemic Humility and Transformed South-North RelationsCritical Studies in Education 

Martinez-Vargas, C. 2020. Decolonising Higher Education Research: From a uni-versity to a pluri-versity of approachesSouth African Journal of Higher Education. Vol.34 (2) 112-128

Walker, M, Martinez-Vargas, C and Mkwananzi, F. 2019. Participatory Action Research: Towards (non-ideal) epistemic justice in a university in South AfricaJournal of Global Ethics.

Martinez-Vargas, C., Walker, M. and Mkwananzi, F. 2019. Access to higher education in South Africa: expanding capabilities in and through an undergraduate photovoice projectEducational Action Research


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