Dr. Hala Mreiwed

Prof. Hala Mreiwed

Dr. Hala Mreiwed

Assistant Professor

Email: hmreiwed@uwo.ca

Hala Mreiwed is an Assistant Professor in Childhood and Youth Studies (CYS). Hala has a Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University, and a PhD in Educational Studies from McGill University. Her research interests in children’s rights, education, teacher education and training, children’s media and creative drama come from her experience in Canada and abroad. Hala is the recipient of several awards including the P. Lantz Fellowship for Excellence in Education and the Arts (2015), the Outstanding Leadership & Service Graduate Award (2019) from McGill University, and the FRQSC Doctoral research scholarship (2017-2020).


  • CSI 1025 - Introduction to Childhood and Social Institutions
  • CSI 2214 - Introduction to Advocacy
  • CSI/CYS 2221 - International Children's Rights in Practice
  • CSI 2251 - Children's Rights in Schools
  • CSI 2292 - Child Rights: A Critical Historical Context
  • CSI 2293/CYS 2257G - Children and Media
  • CSI/CYS 3351 - Facilitating Child Advocacy
  • CYS 3371 - Drama as a Creative Mode of Inquiry
  • CYS 4401 - Emerging Childhood Topics I
  • CYS 4413 - Inquiries of Pedagogies


Children’s rights education; teacher education and training; children’s media; creative drama; arts-based research; critical discourse analysis; participatory action research.

Principal Investigator, SSHRC PEG: “Peer to Peer Relationships: Participatory Action Research”.
Research Advisor, Communities United for Racial Equality (CURE), Institute for Research and Education on Race Relations (IRERR) funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

  • Vice-Chair, the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC)
  • Children's Rights Advisor, Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR)
  • Co-President, Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS)
  • Director, The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (JCACS)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Journal of Childhood Studies
  • Program Chair, Teacher Education and the Teaching Profession (TETP) SIG.
  • Comparative & International Education Society (CIES)

Selected Publications

Mreiwed, H., Carter, M. R., Hashem, S., & Blake-Amarante, C. (Eds). (2023). Making Connections in and through Arts-based Educational Research. Springer Nature. https://link.springer.com/book/9789811980275

Mreiwed, H., Carter, M. R., & Mitchell, C. (Eds). (2021). Art as an Agent for Social Change. Brill|Sense Publishers. https://brill.com/edcollbook/title/59159?language=en

Mreiwed, H. (2021, May). Response to Laurent Commission Report. Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children. https://rightsofchildren.ca/childrens-rights-in-canada/response-to-laurent-commission-report/

Mreiwed, H. (2021, April). CCRC Commentary on the Right to Education. Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children. https://rightsofchildren.ca/vulnerable/ccrc-commentary-on-the-right-to-education/

Mreiwed, H. (2020). Experiences from the field: Transforming teaching and learning through Child Rights Education. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (JCACS), 18(21), CSSE-CACS 2020 Proceedings. https://jcacs.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/jcacs/article/view/40465

Mreiwed, H., Niemi, F., Shikako-Thomas, S. Carnevale, F. (2020). Child Rights in Quebec: A Time for Action. Alternative Report for the 5th/6th review of Canada under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Joint report presented on behalf the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR).Vandergrift, K., Butler, K. Savilaakso, T., Chan, E., Kennedy, K., Luke, H., Mreiwed, H., Hamilton, T., Aaron, R., & Bendo, D. (2020). Close Gaps through Systemic Change: Implement Child Rights in Canada. Alternative Report 5th/6th review of Canada under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. http://rightsofchildren.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Close-Gaps-through-Systemic-Change-CCRC-Report-to-UN-Committee-March-1-2020.pdf

Shabtay, A., Carter, M., Mreiwed, H. (2019). A dramatic collage: Researching teacher experience through collaborative playmaking. Qualitative Research Journal, 19(4), 403–414.

Mreiwed, H., Carter, M., Shabtay, A. (2017). Building classroom community through drama education. NJ: Drama Australia Journal, 41(1): 44-57.