Dr Momodou Sallah has more than 20 years’ experience working with young people at local, national and international levels; from being the Youth Director of Gambia Red Cross Society to a Senior Youth Worker at the Leicester City Council, UK. Momodou mainly teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at De Montfort University, leading on the Theory and Practice of Youth Work; Theory and Practice of Community Development; and Global Youth Work modules.
Momodou passionately believes in recognising the symbiotic relationship between academia and practice; the location of knowledge in the configuration of ways of knowing and being. In this light, he has constantly sought to take the classroom into the real world. He has instituted a regular annual study visit to The Gambia for students to explore the impact of globalisation and global inequality, in developing their praxis, where the students are at the centre of planning, implementing and evaluating the learning from the study visit. Momodou has also worked with current and former students to set up Global Hands, a social enterprise which brings the worlds of theory and practice closer through education and public engagement, international development and publishing of critical Southern perspectives, especially through the Journal of Critical Southern Studies (jcss.our.dmu.ac.uk).
Momodou has published extensively around globalisation and intercultural competence: especially in the fields of work with young Black people, young Muslims, participatory research methodologies, and Global Youth Work. These publications have greatly contributed to a field where there is a dearth of literature; therefore enhancing the student learning experience. His research interests include diversity, participation and globalisation, in relation to young people especially. Momodou also regularly supports colleagues in De Montfort University, nationally and internationally, including International Non Government Organisations, to embed the global dimension in their curriculum.
Dr Sallah is actively involved in advocacy and has organised over seven national or international conferences over the past five years bringing academics, students, policy makers and practitioners together, to develop curriculum currency and maintain a constant dialogue between theory and practice. He sits on a number of expert panels and regularly delivers training across Europe.
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