Institute of Education


A school in Madagascar by Milijaona Randrianarivelojisoa


Knowledge creation relating to education, gender equity and empowerment

Our research, teaching, and policy engagement seeks to interrogate the multiple ways in which gender can be understood, and also how it intersects with other forms of inequality.

Theme leader: Dr Rosie Peppin Vaughan

Gender equality in education increasingly features as a key concern in international declarations and national policy commitments. However, the ways in which gender is defined is not always clear; nor is it evident whether such policies are bringing genuinely transformative results.

Our projects examine a number of themes:

  • school related gender-based violence and policies that address this
  • psycho-social dimensions of education
  • teacher education.

We also explore the complexities around translating gender equality policy between the global, national and local contexts. Exploring it in ways that talk to the political and transformative concerns of women's rights activists at all levels from the grassroots to the transnational.

Our work is underpinned by a concern with the politics of knowledge generation, and how hierarchies and structures of power in the field of international development affect research processes and which perspectives are deemed most important. We have a special interest in the development of indicators around gender equality in education, aware both of their strengths and weaknesses.

Research projects