Paula Laurel Jackson, PhD

Dr. Paula Jackson spent her childhood and young adult years between Jamaica, the United States, Namibia, Tanzania and Sierra Leone. As an adult, she lived in the UK, France, Spain, Canada and she has lived in Germany for the last 30 years.. 


Dr. Paula Jackson began her career as a concert pianist and performed around the globe. She developed a passion for education during her travels and became aware of the huge disparity in the effects of formal schooling on students. Paula set out to understand the what and why behind the institution, and completed a Masters degree in International and Comparative Education at Oxford University.  She continued her enquiry at Cambridge University and the Institute of Education at the University of London, where she earned a Masters degree and Doctoral degree respectively. 


Paula has spent the past 15 years working as a phenomenological researcher and consultant for Multilateral institutions, schools and NGOs with a focus on educational reform and Global Citizenship. As a social entrepreneur, she has created social ventures to empower children and women. As a writer, she believes in the transformative power of stories to touch hearts, open minds and connect worlds. 

In 2021, Dr. Jackson was appointed the role of Global Citizenship at Barefoot Books, where she intends on fueling their mission of providing children of all backgrounds a mirror of their own lives through stories that inspire them to be compassionate, creative and curious global citizens.