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Centre for Education and International Development

Leading research and teaching in education and international development.

Professor Moses Oketch
Professor Elaine Unterhalter

Woman and baby in Sierra Leone

Education is integral to international development, and the Centre for Education and International Development (CEID) at IOE has nurtured world leaders in educational practice and research for over 85 years.

The centre comprises a team of internationally recognised experts in international development, education, and international educational policy. It delivers world leading teaching and carries out research of global importance.

Our focus areas

The centre concentrates around five thematic areas, each underpinned by the aim to improve people's lives through research, teaching and generating new knowledge. These include:

About us 

Mission statement

CEID investigates education and international development, looking at the contribution of education to social justice, equalities, peacebuilding, health and wellbeing, migration, gender and women's empowerment.

We are the largest community of scholars, students and alumni focusing on education and international development in a single institution in the UK, with a history of 90 years in the field.

The Centre undertakes interdisciplinary research predominantly in and for Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. Through our research and teaching, we consider how intersecting inequalities, hierarchies, exclusions, displacements, violence and conflicts affect education.

Our distinctive research and practice entails work that is theoretically engaged, methodologically rigorous and critically reflexive about data and the contexts in which data are generated.

We understand education in its broader sense as a human practice, entailing relationships that are reproductive and transformative of political, economic, social and cultural contexts. We are interested in the connections and disconnections between different phases, spaces and forms of education, different disciplines, and local, national and international levels of analysis.

Our concerns are to promote quality education as a human right, a sustainable development goal, a peacebuilding framework, and a process for expanding opportunities, capabilities and freedoms. Our work on these themes documents the complexity of relationships and forms of understanding, and our normative concerns to address and try to change injustices.

CEID Launch Keynote - 15 June 2017

Our staff


Academic staff

Administrative staff

  • Ioana Stan
  • Choy Wong

Emeritus staff

  • Jo Heslop - Honorary Lecturer in Education and International Development
  • Pat Pridmore, Professor Emerita of Education and Health in International Development
  • Angela Little, Professor Emerita of Education and International Development

    Study with us


    Join us and carry out post-graduate Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research on Education and International Development issues, learn and critique development theories as they apply to education, and draw on your contextual expertise and experience to engage with other scholars.

    Graduate taught courses

    Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research

    The IOE provides an ESRC-recognised doctoral training programme to support students in acquiring cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative skills.

    We have an active programme of teaching and doctoral students are supported by experienced staff who offer research supervision across a range of topics and research methods including:

    • systematic reviews
    • application of quantitative methods
    • regression analysis and others.

    Further information

    See also:

      Our activities


      Our research focuses on several education sector themes in low and lower-middle income countries:

      • Higher education, inclusivity and employability
      • Learning outcomes, and structural inequalities
      • Education in contexts of conflict and migration
      • Education and poverty reduction
      • Gender violence, and inequalities
      • Teachers, pedagogy and curriculum.

      Examples of research projects:

      More information about our research, publications, activities, groups and themes available at:


      We are a leading interdisciplinary centre in the areas of basic education, higher education, assessment, pedagogy, teaching and learning.

      We have substantial experience and expertise in carrying out consultancy and research projects for multilateral and bilateral agencies, national governments, regional and local agencies, NGOs, Foundations and private sector organisations.

      We offer a range of consultancy services from one-day training or staff development initiatives to longer-term research and evaluation work.

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