Leading research and teaching in education and international development.
Education is integral to international development, and the Centre for Education and International Development (CEID) at the UCL Institute of Education (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:
- Poverty, education and inequalities
- Education, conflict and peacebuilding
- Education and the promotion of health and wellbeing
- Understanding the interconnections between education and migration
- Knowledge creation relating to education, gender equity and empowerment
- 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.
- Our staff
- Moses Oketch - Professor of International Education Policy and Development
- Elaine Unterhalter - Professor of Education and International Development
- Ben Alcott - Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Will Brehm - Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Elaine Chase - Senior Lecturer Education, Health Promotion and International Development
- Simone Datzberger - Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Jo Heslop - Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Freya Johnson Ross - Research Associate
- Laila Kadiwal - Research Associate
- Anil Khamis - Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Geeta Kingdon - Professor of Education and International Development
- Marie Lall - Professor of Education and South Asia Studies
- Alexandra Lewis - Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Helen Longlands - Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Tristan McCowan - Professor of International Education
- Francesca Meloni - Research Associate
- Oliver Mutanga - Post-doctoral Fellow
- Amy North - Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Jenny Parkes - Professor of Education, Gender and International Development
- Rosie Peppin Vaughan - Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Tejendra Pherali - Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Caine Rolleston - Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Nozomi Sakata - Post-doctoral Fellow
- Ian Warwick - Senior Lecturer in Education, Health Promotion and International Development
- Chris Yates - Lecturer in Education and International Development
- Ebadul Haque - Programme Administrator
- William Nicholas - Research Project Officer
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
- Education and International Development MA
- Educational Planning, Economics and International Development MA
- Education, Gender and International Development MA
- Education, Health Promotion and International Development MA
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.
- Seminar series
CEID hosts regular seminars where speakers present work of relevance to the research interests of the centre. The seminars are free and all are welcome to attend.
- CEID seminar series schedule
- Education in Conflict and Emergencies seminar series including videos and further information.
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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