Institute of Education


Development Education Research Centre

One of the world's leading centres for development education, global learning and global citizenship.

Co-Directors: Professor Douglas Bourn and Professor Massimiliano Tarozzi

The Development Education Research Centre (DERC) acts as the hub for knowledge generation, new thinking and quality output on development education, global learning and global citizenship.

About us


DERC was launched in November 2006 with funding and support from the UK Department for International Development. We draw funding from a number of different sources including the European Commission, UK government and a range of non-governmental organisations.

It acts as the hub of knowledge development on development education and related themes for policy-makers and practitioners across Europe.

About development education

Development education is an approach to learning about global and development issues through recognising the importance of linking people's lives throughout the world. It is also based on an understanding of the importance of critical thinking, the need to challenge stereotypes and to give people the skills and confidence to support change towards a more just and sustainable world. Development education is often used alongside terms such as global learning, global citizenship education and global education. 

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  • Promote the value of development education as part of essential learning in the twenty-first century
  • Promote and encourage critical reflective engagement with the meaning and effectiveness of development education and related areas by the educational community in the UK and internationally
  • Develop an international community of researchers engaged in development education, global learning and global citizenship
  • Develop a body of evidence through a series of published monographs, academic articles and seminars on the contribution that development education practice can make in building understanding of international development and global issues
  • Develop and embed development education principles and practices across teacher training and other educational courses and initiatives within the Institute of Education, and in turn to other similar institutions.
Our staff


Associate Directors

Senior Research Officer

DERC Administrator

Study with us


Graduate taught

Our centre has developed the first Master’s programme in the UK examining current research and practice of development education, global learning and global citizenship:

Graduate research

DERC currently has a team of doctoral students and we are keen to secure more students undertaking post-graduate research in the following areas:

  • Impact of the Global Dimension within Formal Education
  • Contribution and role of policy-makers and practitioners to building awareness and understanding of international development in UK and elsewhere in the world
  • How universities and colleges are interpreting global perspectives and internationalisation within their policies and practices.

Online short course for teachers

  • Global Education for Teachers: a 3 week CPD training on how to address global issues in teaching and support global citizenship in their school - this popular short course provides an introductory overview to global education and related areas such as global learning and global citizenship education. Delivered through the platform FutureLearn.

Our activities


We are engaged in a range of research projects and programmes related to development education, global learning, education for sustainable development and global citizenship education in primary, secondary, further and higher education, as well as in informal education programmes.

Key areas of research

  • Policy and practice in development education and global learning
  • The theory and pedagogy of global learning
  • Global perspectives and global citizenship within higher education
  • Young people as global citizens
  • Global learning for teachers and trainee teachers
  • Global learning practices within schools
  • Policy and practice of global learning in Europe
  • Monitoring and evaluation of global learning and development education implementation projects
  • Volunteering and Global Citizenship

DERC research projects and programmes

DERC research papers

Visit UCL Research Portal, IRIS to read full reports of our research and find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes.


We have been commissioned by a range of organisations including NGOs, schools, government bodies and international institutions, to carry out consultancy inputs. These include activities such as monitoring and evaluation, training and train-the-trainer workshops, literature reviews and report writing.

Current and recent consultancy projects

Members of the Centre's team also regularly contribute via keynote addresses, seminar presentations or running of workshops for projects and activities. These have included:

  • British Council
  • JICA in Japan
  • Suas-Educational Development in Ireland
  • Global Schools Project in Sweden

For research papers, journal articles and presentations from the centre:

International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning

An internationally refereed journal that showcases research and current debates on development education, as well as related concepts such as global learning, global education, and global citizenship.

The journal was founded by DERC and is edited by our Associate Director, Dr Clare Bentall. It is now fully open access, including all back issues.

Seminar series

As part of its mission to provide learning and networking opportunities for professionals and students of development education, global learning and global citizenship, DERC runs an ongoing seminar series. Events are held around the Bloomsbury campus, and are free and open to staff, students, alumni and the public. All are welcome to attend.

Previous topics included:

Conferences and events

The centre aims to run regular events to provide learning and networking opportunities for professionals and students of development education, global learning and global citizenship. This includes an annual conference, regular topical seminars and workshops. We can also help facilitate and promote events run by partner organisations.

What's on

See our forthcoming events


Our popular annual conferences offer great opportunities to find out about recent developments, projects and publications in the field, as well as presenting a valuable opportunity for attendees to meet like-minded researchers and generally connect with their peers in an inspirational way.

Panel at the ANGEL 2019 conference

Previous conferences include:

  • ANGEL Conference (May 2019) - an academic conference for those working in, or with an interest in, Global Education research. Also functioning as a gathering for members of the Academic Network on Global Education & Learning (ANGEL)
  • Research, evidence and policy learning for global education (May 2017) - downloadable resources and presentations, as well as videos of plenary sessions
Think Global archive

Think Global (formal name: Development Education Association) was a British charity which worked to 'educate and engage people about global issues'.

Founded in 1993 by a group of major charities including CAFOD, Oxfam, ActionAid, Save the Children and Christian Aid, Think Global sadly closed in 2019.

DERC agreed to take over any remaining assets, including a physical library which has been donated to, and catalogued by the IOE Library, and also the Think Global website, which is now maintained as a static reference site. A wealth of information is available on the site, including a searchable library of resources.

Network groups 

Academic Network on Global Education & Learning (ANGEL)

ANGEL is a partnership project between DERC and Global Education Network of Europe that aims to create ties among Global Education researchers.

In the last years the debate on global education and learning has gained momentum in the international and European educational and political spheres, becoming prominent in government, civil society, academic and educational discourses. In this context ANGEL aims at forging a European community of researchers and scholars in the field of global education, who, despite the existing important cooperation and personal links, do not benefit from a structural framework of support across Europe. 

This network, launched in late 2017, also aims to form a pool of experts which can become a resource for policymakers in search of strong research grounding for policy development, and to establish a network among early stage researchers, Doctoral students and Post-Doctoral researchers, who are currently engaged in research in fields related to global education.

ANGEL produce publications, run events, and distribute news to their membership through the project website.

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