Scherto’s research interests centre on understanding peace, human well-being and flourishing as holistic and dynamic processes. The key concepts she is developing include human-centred education, positive peace, deep dialogue, ecology of well-being, narrative pedagogy, dialogic and collaborative approach to global governance.
Through research, projects and programmes, Scherto has been actively exploring ways to apply these concepts and ideas in educational innovation, collective healing, peacebuilding, political economy, and social transformation.
Currently, Scherto is leading four international research projects:
- Collective Healing – Mapping practices and approaches to healing the wounds of slavery, in partnership with the UNESCO. Phase One of the research has concluded with a significant Desk Review Report on Collective Healing. Phase Two involves developing a Collective Healing Handbook for Facilitators who would provide and hold safe spaces for experiential workshops for consciousness-raising experiences, narrative sharing, attentive listening, deep dialogue and collective healing.
- Youth Transformative Competences – This research is part of the UNESCO Slave Route Project and involves (1) developing a conceptual framework for understanding youth transformative competences, (2) surveying through desk review existing conceptions on youth transformative competences, (3) consulting global youths and leaders about their ideas of transformative competences relevant to the present global challenges and the promises of a global future, and (4) proposing pedagogical practices to be featured by UNESCO Academy for young facilitators and young leaders.
- Collaborative Governance – Exploring the transformative potential of dialogue and collaboration in global governance, sponsored by the GHFP Research Institute;
- A Ethic of Love – Understanding conceptions of love in Western thought;
- Relational Education – Consolidating relational theories in education, and developing relational approaches to teaching, learning and evaluation in education.
- G20 Interfaith Forum Education Working Group – Investigating faith-inspired practices and approaches to Inclusive and Caring Education in 2020.
Most recently, she completed a number of international research projects and publications :
Special Issue: International Journal of Genocide Studies and Prevention
Scherto is the Guest-Editor and contributor of a Special Issue on “Mass Atrocity and Collective Healing: New Possibilities for Regenerating Communities”, as part of the International Journal of Genocide Studies and Prevention to be published in Dec 2021.
In 2021, under the G20 Interfaith Forum’s (IF20) theme “A Time to Heal”, Scherto coordinated the efforts from international partners to launch the IF20 Global Listening Initiative (GLI). The aim of the GLI was two-fold: (1) to ground policy inquiry in existing global proposals, (2) to understand the lived experiences of children and young people in diverse contexts and engage them in identifying actions for educational transformation. Over two thousand adolescents (aged 14-19) from 26 countries across five continents took part in online and/or in-person workshops hosted by NGOs, schools, and faith-based organisations. See this YouTube video on Students’ Perspective on Educational Transformation: IF20 Education Working Group Global Listening Initiative.
The G20 Policy Brief emergent from young people’s voices and perspectives is below:
- Investigating Conceptions of Love in Western Thoughts (Dartington Trust);
- Exploring the Impacts of Healing the Wounds of History in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Lebanon (Centre for Lebanese Studies);
- Understanding Well-Being: A Life History Research (GHFP Research Institute);
- Rethinking Secondary Education (GHFP Research Institute)