Centre for Critical Education Policy Studies
Cutting-edge research and debate in the field of educational policy studies.
Director: Dr Elaine Unterhalter
The Centre for Critical Education Policy Studies (CeCeps) provides cutting-edge research and debate in the field of educational policy studies. We encourage networks and partnerships that can develop new thinking on policy themes.
Through our research, consultancy and knowledge transfer activities, we champion a critical and constructive engagement with contemporary education policy, working at local, national and international levels.
We welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students. CeCeps offers an exciting research environment with many opportunities to connect with national and international projects and ideas.
- Our staff
CeCeps members include internationally renowned scholars who have helped shape the field of policy studies at home and abroad. Our interests are diverse and encompass early years education through to Higher Education, and education policy both in the UK and in international development. We have particular interests in gender, "race" and social class.
Director of Centre
Elaine Unterhalter (Professor of Education and International Development)
Professor Carol Vincent
Professor Stephen Ball, the Karl Manheim Chair of Sociology of Education
External Associate Director
Professor David Gillborn, Professor of Critical Race Studies, University of Birmingham
Professor Sally Power, School of Social Sciences, University of Cardiff
Professor Sheila Riddell, Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID), University of Edinburgh
Alice Bradbury, Senior Lecturer in Education
Amy North, Research Officer
Annette Braun, Lecturer in Sociology of Education
Caine Rolleston, Lecturer in Education and International Development
Carolina Junemann, Research Officer
Claire Maxwell, Senior Lecturer Sociology of Education
Jenny Parkes, Reader in Education
Jessica Ringrose, Professor of Sociology of Gender and Education
Jo Heslop, Research Officer
Mano Candappa, Senior Research Officer
Marie Lall, Reader in Education Policy and South Asian Studies
Miriam David, Emeritus Professor
Roy Carr-Hill, Professor of Education in Developing Countries
Tejendra Pherali, Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development
Tristan McCowan, Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development
Victoria Showunmi, Lecturer
Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes: UCL Research Portal, IRIS
Our centre encourages research on the processes by which education policy is shaped, implemented and experienced. Equity, inclusion and the material consequences of policy are key concerns.
We aim to interrogate, evaluate and analyse policy in terms of its contribution – both positive and negative – to the enhancement of social justice, working across all phases in education.
CeCeps undertakes research on a range of issues drawing on sociological, historical and philosophical perspectives with a strong interest in interdisciplinary work, including:
- Marketisation in education and the changing relations between private and public sectors
- Policy flows and enactments
- Gender, education and international development
- Policy for gender and race equality
- Literacy policy
- Education provision and social class
- Voice and choice as mechanisms for policy change.
CeCeps has an active research culture. Our research projects have helped develop the field of policy studies in education and have contributed to a better understanding of the new modes by which policy is developing through government and its agencies and the new partnerships they form.
Work on policy both nationally and internationally is designed to critically review how far particular interventions can lead to greater equality in outcomes.
CeCeps members undertake consultancy and knowledge transfer activities designed to engage with policy-makers and others working in the education sector on a range of themes that can enhance educational practice. We have formed partnerships across a range of sectors both in the UK and internationally.
Funders of projects based in CeCeps include the ESRC, Dcsf, DfID, Ofsted, Oxfam and Action Aid.
Research projects include:
- Adult and children's friendships across social class and ethnic difference
- Helping parents to choose: an examination of school choice advice policy discourses and networks in England
- Marie Curie Initial Training Networks - Education as Welfare: Enhancing opportunities for socially vulnerable youth in Europe 'EduWel'
- Policy enactments in the secondary school: theory and practice
- "New" philanthropy, education policy and the state
- Stop Violence Against Girls in School
- Literacy, Attainment, Data and Discourse
- Gender, Education and Global Poverty Reduction Initiatives
- Transforming girls' education in Nigeria and Tanzania
- A qualitative study of children, young people and 'sexting'
- Evaluation of Schools Whiteboard Expansion (SWE) Project- London Challenge
- Learning to care for young children: training and the acquisition of a 'vocational habitus'
- No outsiders: researching approaches to sexualities. Equality in primary schools
- Remaking Literacy for Schools: Policy Networks and Literacy Paradigms
- Researching the global middle classes
- Negotiating danger, risk and safety: an exploration with young people in an urban neighbourhood
- The Educational Strategies of the Black Middle Classes
- The Beyond Access project and Equals newsletter
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