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Centre for Education and International Development

Leading research and teaching in education and international development.

Directors
Professor Moses Oketch
Professor Elaine Unterhalter

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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:

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.

As the largest community of scholars, students and alumni focusing on education and international development in a single institution in the UK, and 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

Directors

Moses Oketch - Professor of International Education Policy and Development
Elaine Unterhalter - Professor of Education and International Development

Academic staff

Elaine Chase - Senior Lecturer Education, Health Promotion and International Development
Joanne Coysh - Teaching Fellow
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
Dima Khazem - Teaching Fellow
Geeta Kingdon - Professor of Education and International Development
Marie Lall - Professor of Education and South Asia Studies
Alexandra Lewis -Teaching Fellow
Angela Little
Helen Longlands - Teaching Fellow
Tristan McCowan - Professor of International Education
Francesca Meloni - Research Associate
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
Pat Pridmore
Caine Rolleston - Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development
Rebecca Schendel - Lecturer in Education and International Development
Marika Tsolakis - ESRC Post-doctoral Fellow
Ian Warwick - Senior Lecturer in Education, Health Promotion and International Development
Rosie Westerveld - Research Associate
Chris Yates - Lecturer in Education and International Development

Administrative staff

Christopher Wilkinson - Programme Administrator
Qendresa Osmani - Programme Administrator
William Nicholas - Research Project Officer

Honorary and emeritus

Roy Carr-Hill - Visiting Professor of Education in Developing Countries
Angela Little - Professor Emerita
Pat Pridmore - Professor Emerita

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

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

CEID is also collaborating with the UCL African Studies Centre, UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities, on the exciting African Studies with Education MA.

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research

The UCL Institute of Education 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

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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. 

Research

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:

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Consultancy

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.

Our services

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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