Dr. Elizer Jay de los Reyes is a Lecturer based in the Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton. Jay’s scholarship examines the impact of mobilities of labour and risks on learners and educators around the world. He investigates how rural women’s emigration from northern Philippines shape their left-behind children’s aspirations and attitudes towards schooling. Jay also studies the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the resilience of historically underrepresented higher education academics especially those at the early stages of their careers.
At Southampton Education School, Jay is involved in the teaching of modules such as Digital Society and Social Justice and Inclusive Education in the undergraduate programmes. He is involved in Applying Educational Research, and Social Contexts of Education modules for the postgraduate programmes of the School. Jay is also part of the School’s Ethics Review team.
- transnational families
- futures and aspirations
Jay is the Principal Investigator of the Universitas-21 funded transnational collaborative project ‘Resilience Beyond Borders: Im/Mobilities of Underrepresented Academics During the COVID-19 Pandemic’ (2021-2022). Previously, he was a Co-Investigator for the project ‘Academic Resilience: Stories We Tell’ (2020-2021) that studied the strategies used by academics to cope with the challenges that emerged at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. In these projects, Jay works with early, mid, and advanced-career academics from The University of Hong Kong, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, University of California Davis, Monash University, and University of New England. Jay co-hosts The Resilient Academic Podcast with Dr. Marian Mahat, Dr. Jo Blannin, and Prof. Caroline Cohrssen.
Jay has taught modules on social justice, diversity, inclusion, and global perspectives at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education of The University of Melbourne, Australia; and race, new media, representation, mobility, and qualitative research at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Before joining the University as a Lecturer in August 2022, Jay was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore where he worked at the Cultural Research Centre. He was also a tutor at The University of Melbourne. Jay has 8 years of experience as a secondary school teacher in the Philippines before pursuing postgraduate studies in the United States and Australia. Jay holds a PhD in sociology of education and comparative and cross-cultural education from The University of Melbourne; and master’s degrees in education policy and social and development studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of the Philippines respectively.