Prof. Peter Mayo

Prof. Peter Mayo

Prof. Peter Mayo



Room 321b
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2937
Author of over 100 papers in journals or as book chapters. Journals include Critical Sociology, Capital & Class, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Humanity & Society, Sociologisk Arbok,Comparative Education, Das Argument, Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies,Studies in the Education of Adults, International Journal of Lifelong Education, International Studies in Sociology of Education, Comparative Education Review (essay review), Critica Marxista, Socialism & Democracy, Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies.

20 Books(authored/co-authored, edited/co-edited) that include: Gramsci, Freire and Adult Education (1999, Zed Books) subsequently published in translation in seven other languages, Liberating Praxis (Praeger, 2004 - AESA Critics Choice Award,2005), Learning and Social Difference (Routledge, 2007), Adult Education in Malta (DVV International, 2007), Public Intellectuals, Radical Democracy and Social Movements. A book of Interviews (Peter Lang, 2007), Education in Small States(ed, Routledge 2009),Gramsci and Educational Thought(edited, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), Learning with Adults. A Critical Pedagogical Introduction ( Sense 2012 - 2013 C. Houle award; subsequently republished in Spanish translation), Politics of Indignation (Zero Books, 2012), Echoes form Freire for a Critically Engaged Pedagogy (Bloomsbury, 2013), Lorenzo Milani, the School of Barbiana and the Struggle for Social Justice (Peter Lang, 2013); Hegemony and Education under Neoliberalism: Insights from Gramsci (Routledge, 2015); International Critical Pedagogy Reader (co-edited, Routledge, 2015).

Keynotes: Save the Children-Italia conference Milan (2007), ERNAPE, Nicosia(2007), Ibero-African Adult Education conference, Villareal-de-San-Antonio (2007),COFIR conference, Arezzo (2008), Lifelong Learning in Europe Conference, Helsinki (2009), Nordic Adult Education Conference, Middlefart (2009), ESREA Network Conference, Seville(2010), International Sociology of Education Symposium, Ankara (2012), Lifelong Learning and Citizenship conference, Castellon de la Plana (2012), Sociology of Education-CIMIE, University of Barcelona (skype-2012), EUCEN Conference, Malta (2012), Critical Education conference, Ankara (2013), ESREA Triennial Conference, Berlin (2013), 8th Polish Education Congress, Gdansk (2013), Annual Sociology conference, Malta (2013), PEN Conference, Malta (2014).

Edits series: Palgrave-Macmillan 'Postcolonial Studies in Education'(co-edited). Sense 'International Issues in Adult Education.' Bloomsbury Academic 'Critical Education.'
Journal co-editor: Postcolonial Directions in Education.
Contributed to Truthout, Gramsci Oggi, Counterpunch, Latino America.
  • Educational sociology
  • Adult education
  • Comparative education
  • Social theory
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Cultural Studies

Mayo, P. 2017, "Engagng the glocal: EU Mantras, National Strategy and the Struggle for Adult Education as a Public Good", Studies in the Education of Adults, vol. 49, no. in press.

Mayo, P. 2015, "Antonio Gramsci's Impact on Critical pedagogy", Critical Sociology, vol. 41, no. 7-8, pp. 1007-1026.

Mayo, P. 2015, "Italian Signposts for a sociologically and critically engaged pedagogy.Don Lorenzo Milani (1923-1967) and the schools of San Donato and Bariana revisted.", British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 36, no. 6, pp. 853-870.

al-Silwadi, N. & Mayo, P. 2014, "Pedagogy under Siege in Palestine. Insights from Paulo Freire", Holy land Studies, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 71-87.

Grech, M. & Mayo, P. 2014, "What Catholic Educators can learn from the Radical Christianity and Critical Pedagogy of Don Lorenzo Milani", International Studies in Catholic Education, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 33-45.

Mayo, P. 2014, "Gramsci and the politics of education", Capital & Class, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 385-398.

Mayo, P. 2013, "Higher Education, Socialism and Industrial Development. Dom Mintoff and the 'Worker-Student' Scheme", International Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-25.

Mayo, P. 2013, "Museums as Sites of Critical Pedagogical Practice", Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 144-153.

Mayo, P. 2013, "Social Democracy in a Postcolonial Island State. Dom Mintoff's Impact", Socialism and Democracy, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 130-139.

Mayo, P., Pace, P. & Zammit, E. 2008, "Adult Education in Small States: The Case of Malta", Comparative Education, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 229-246.

Mayo, P., Pace, P. & Zammit, E. 2008, "Adult Education in Small States: The Case of Malta", Comparative Education, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 229-246.

  • ACA5033 - Critical Pedagogy and Social Practice
  • ACA5064 - Theoretical Foundations and Issues in Adult Education
  • ACA5067 - Placement
  • DOC6053 - Getting Published through edited volumes
Associate, University of Glasgow: Erasmus Mundus
International MA in Adult Education & Social


Member, Collegio Docenti, dottorato di ricerca
in Educazione, University of Verona.

Previously member, Collegio Docenti for
Dottorato di Ricerca,'Pedagogia e Sociologia
Interculturale', University of Messina.

Short term Visiting Professor: Universities of
Alberta (1996 & 2007), Bogazici-Istanbul(2009),
Cyprus(2008), UBC-Vancouver(2010), Gdansk (2014)
Two year Visiting Professor (2016-2018)
Institute of Education, UCL, London

Evaluator: SSHRC (Canada)and EU sixth framework

Evaluator: tenure, promotion to associate or
full professor for Universities of
Massachusetts-Boston,UCLA, Arizona State,
Auckland, Alberta, Victoria-BC, UBC-Vancouver,
Botswana & Open University-Cyprus
(Chair,promotion committee).

Examiner foreign theses: Ph.D, Universities of
Alberta, Auckland, Trento, Verona & Federal
University of Santa Catarina (Florianapolis).
Ed.D, St Thomas University, Minnesota.
MA, StFX University, Antigonish.

Editorial advisory Board member/consulting
editor: Convergence, Canadian Journal for the
Study of Adult Education, Adult Education Quarterly,Journal of
Transformative Education, International Journal
of Lifelong Education, Encyclopaidea, Critical
Education, Educação, European Journal for
Research on the Education and Learning of Adults
(RELA), Journal of Critical Education Policy
Studies, International Journal of Educational
Policy, Quaderni d'Intercultura, LLL Focus on
Lifelong/Lifewide Learning, Dialogos: Educación
y formación de personas adultas, Educazione
Democratica, Journal of Contemporary Issues in
Education, Policy Futures in Education, Rizoma
Freireano, International Journal of Sociology of
Education, Italian Journal of Sociology of
Education, International Gramsci Journal,
Educational Philosophy and Theory, International
Review of Education, Quaderns d'educació
contínua, Journal of Holy Land and Palestine
Studies. Book series: Globalisation of adult
education and training (Zed, 1997-
2001);AltrEducazione(Fuori Onda).

Mediterranean Society of Comparative Education
President 2008-2010.

George Bereday Award Committee Member, CIES


2005 AESA Critics Choice Award-Liberating Praxis

2010 Noted Scholar, Faculty of Education, UBC

2011 CIES HE SIG Award - best paper on Higher Ed
from comparative, international perspective.

2013 C. Houle (Book)Award for "outstanding
literature in adult education" American
Association for Adult Continuing

2014 Visiting Professorial Fellow, Institute of
Education, University of London, March-July