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Research interests

Educational Evaluation, Program Planning and Evaluation, Evidence-Based Practice, Realist Social Theory, Inclusive Education Research

Research Profile

Dr. De Souza completed her doctorate at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She has led in General and Inclusive Education research projects, as well as collaborated in Integrated Care Research and Evaluation projects in Australia and Singapore. 

To date, she has supervised one Master of Philosophy and one Doctor of Philosophy project to completion.  She is currently supervising two Higher Degree by Research candidates (one MPhil and one PhD).

She recently completed the Critical Networks Project, conducted in collaboration with Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID), Trinity College Dublin, and Universidad Andres Bello, Chile. Following the publication of her article, 'Elaborating the Context-Mechanism-Outcome configuration (CMOc) in realist evaluation: A critical realist perspective' she was invited to be an affiliate of the Healthy Homes and Neighbourhoods (HHAN) Integrated Care Initiative.  The HHAN initiative focuses on improving care for families with vulnerabilities within Sydney Local Health District, NSW, Australia.  The initiative has been designed, monitored and evaluated using realist methods.  Dr. De Souza has been contributing insights on critical realism, realist social theory, and their application in realist evaluation and review methods. 

Her interests encompass conducting synthesis, reviews, educational and institutional interventions and evaluations, and exploring the application of Critical Realism and Realist Social Theory in field-practice. She has peer reviewed and published individual and co-authored articles in the Journal of Educational Change, Studies in Educational Evaluation, Evaluation (Sage Journals), American Journal of Evaluation, International Journal of Integrated Care, BMJ Open, BMJ Global Health, and Asian Journal of Social Psychology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Evaluation Qualification: Master Award Date: 22nd Dec 2020 Institution: University of Melbourne Start Date: 2019 End Date: 2020

Education Qualification: Doctor of Philosophy Project Title: A critical realist review of Singapore's core research program (2003-2013) Award Date: 11th November 2014 Institution: National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Start Date: 2010 End Date: 2014


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