Ms Claudia Blandon

Ms Claudia Blandon

Research Assistant

SERIO - Research Impact and Partnerships (Research & Innovation)

Research Assistant


M.A. International Human Rights Law (2008-2010), American University in Cairo, Egypt

Thesis topic: Legal Evolutions &Legacies: The Saharawi & Self-determination. Fieldwork in five refugee camps in the Algerian Sahara 

Graduate Diploma in Migration & Refugee Studies (2008), American University in Cairo, Egypt

B.A. Sociology & Anthropology (1998-2002), Florida International University, Miami USA

Teaching interests

Research methods, ethics, and praxis for change. 

Research interests

My research interests are in human rights, inclusion, migration, displacement and learning outside formal education. 

I am currently a Doctoral Teaching Assistant at the University of Plymouth Institute of Education. My current research is exploring the impact of human rights education on women living in displacement. 

Other research

2010: Conducted qualitative research in five refugee camps in Southern Algeria

2013: Qualitative needs assessment of female asylum seekers in Plymouth

2013: Conducted fieldwork in a project with Spanish-speaking migrants in the South West of England. 

2017: Conducted an evalution of an inter-generational arts and music intervention

2020: Pursuing post doctoral studies in Education. 

Creative practice & artistic projects

Commended entry (People category) at the Images of Public Engagement competition organised by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement in 2018. 

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Quinn J, Blandon C & Batson A 2019 'Living Beyond Words: post-human reflections on making music with post-verbal people' Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice , DOI PEARL
Quinn J & Blandon C 2017 'The potential for lifelong learning in dementia: a post-humanist exploration' International Journal of Lifelong Education 1-17 , DOI PEARL
Blandon CM, Tyrrell N & Guijarro Fuentes P 2014 'Intergenerational language practices: a case study of Spanish-speaking families in Britain' Applied Linguistics Review 5 5, 305-325

2020: Lifelong Learning and Dementia: A Posthumanist Perspective. Jocey Quinn and Claudia Blandon

Conference Papers
Blandon CM, Quinn J & Waite S 2014 'Under the open sky: Supporting young people´s well-being through outdoor experiences in formal and non-formal education-European perspectives'

The Making Bridges with Music Evalution Report (2017). 

Waite SJ, Parkinson G, Blackwell I, Martignetti D, Blandon C & Moyeed R 2015 What do children learn when camping?: perceptions of parents, children and teachers.
Waite SJ, Blandon C & Quinn J 2014 Long term impacts of the Young Champion Experience with Exmoor National Park Authority.
Blandon CM & Quinn J 2014 Feeling their way: women and children using music to navigate transitions form domestic violence.
Blandon CM & Quinn J 2014 The Power of Songs: and Evaluation of Plymouth Music Zone’s Keepsinging Keepsake’ Project.
Other Publications
Blandon CM 2014 Book Review: Cross-cultural perspectives on early childhood, Edited by Theodora Papatheodorou and Janet Moyles, 2012, London: Sage,.

Other academic activities

Member of the Adventures in Post-humanism reading group (University of Plymouth)

Member of the Inclusion Research Node (Institute of Education) 

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