IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Research themes

Our research aims to explore and develop theories that inform our work with educators in London and beyond.

We focus primarily on educational leadership in early childhood, schools and post-compulsory contexts, but the team also works on leadership in other sectors.


Our research group includes world-recognised academics, senior professors and a significant group of visiting professors and researchers. Group members undertake research and evaluation projects and teach on LCLL postgraduate programmes. This means that our programmes are at the cutting-edge of current research and thinking.


We use quantitative and qualitative methodologies and draw on a range of disciplines and theoretical perspectives including governance theory, organisational and institutional theory, knowledge mobilisation and social network theory, as well as work on educational leadership, improvement and effectiveness.

Our three main research themes

Many of our researchers also publish in other fields, see: