Professor Profiles


Dip Kapoor

Professor & Area Specialization Coordinator, Theoretical, Cultural & International Studies in Education (TCI)


Educational Policy Studies

About Me

Dip received his PhD from the Department of Educational Policy Studies (EPS) at the U of A and then took up a tenure track position at McGill University in Montreal before returning to the U of A as a professor in International Education in the Theoretical, Cultural and International Education Specialization, EPS in 2006. He is a voluntary Research Associate and Honorary Board member, Center for Research and Development Solidarity (CRDS), an Adivasi (original dweller) and Dalit (“downtrodden” castes) small/landless peasant and forest-dweller popular research organization in Orissa, India and is President (and founding member) of a voluntary organization that has been working on land, forest and food sovereignty struggles/movements in India since 1995. 



  •  Anti/colonial, Marxist & Indigenous socio-political thought; 
  • Critical development, globalization & education studies; 
  • Capitalism, dispossession & learning in social movement organizing & resistance
  • Critical sociology of education & schooling (race and caste)
  • Global education (Development NGOs & Schools)
  • Participatory/action research and critical-qualitative methodologies


Untouchability, casteism and schooling in rural India: Exploring local response and resistance (Principal Investigator, Insight Grant, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada) (2013-2019, $268,386)

Learning in Adivasi (original dweller) social movements in India (Principal Investigator, Standard Research Grant, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada) (2006-2009, $81,308)

Adivasi/Dalit/Small-landless peasants and NGO-social movement politics and learning in neoliberal contexts of development dispossession (Voluntary Research Associate, Centre for Research and Development Solidarity, Orissa, India) (1995-current, non-funded)

Social movement learning in defence of Ghana's Songor Salt Lagoon in Ada (Collaborator, Standard Research Grant, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada with Dr. Jonathan Langdon, Principal Investigator, Development Studies Program, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia) (2011-2014, $121,791)


GRADUATE COURSES (University of Alberta)

EDPS 520: Adult Education, Popular Movements & NGOs in the Global South (graduate elective)

EDPS 525: Globalization, Global Education & Social Change (graduate elective)

EDPS 526: Race, Racialization & Education (graduate elective)

EDPS 591: Foundations of Education: International Perspectives & Issues (TCI graduate core)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES (University of Alberta)

EDPS 360: Society & Education (elective)

EDPS 410: Ethics & Law in Teaching (core)

EDPS 425: Global Education: Issues & Strategies for Teachers (elective)

EDFN 493: Basic Contemporary Issues in Education (discontinued)

EDAL 401: The Role of the Teacher (discontinued)

EDFN 101: Diversity and Commonality in a Pluralistic Society (discontinued)

UNDER/GRADUATE COURSES (McGill University, 2003-2006)

EDER 600: Globalization, Education & Change (graduate elective)

EDER 609: Educational Implications of Social Theory (graduate core)

EDER 639: Education & Development (graduate elective)

EDER 643: Gender, Education & Development (graduate elective)

EDEC 301: Global Education (undergraduate elective)