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Education research

Explore the work we're doing across our 5 areas of research expertise in Education

In our Education research, we're working towards an understanding of what education looks like for different groups of people around the globe, while pushing for social justice and human rights worldwide.

We're working to find solutions to problems that exist between childhood and education, by challenging what childhood entails in different parts of the world and exploring the role that education plays in preparing children for their roles in society.

Our expertise lies within education and leadership, the role of education in conflict affected countries, gender, citizenship education, teacher training, and transitions to adulthood. We bring varied research methods to our work, with a focus on qualitative research.

Our research informs practice and enables change — we have developed a wide network of collaborations across the Global South, and routinely collaborate with non-academic partners as consultants.

Explore our Education areas of expertise

Find out more about the facilities and research methods that shape our Education research, in our 5 areas of expertise. Learn more about our recent projects, the academic and industrial partners with whom we collaborate, and the major funders who fund our work.

Early Years Education

In this area of expertise, we're exploring the experiences and opportunities that play a role in the development of young children.

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Gender, race and education

Our work is identifying, exploring and engaging with forms of discrimination across gender and race in the education system.

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Higher Education

We're researching into issues in higher education, and finding solutions to them. Explore our higher education research.

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Mental Health in Childhood and Education

Through our research, we're exploring the issue of mental health and mental illness in young people.

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Youth and Digital Networking

Our research in this area of expertise is investigating how young people aged 13–19 use social media and digital technologies in their daily lives.

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Research groups

Global Education Children And Outreach GECO Research Group

We're researching education and childhood, with a focus on social justice and the right of the child.

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Peace Conflict and Security Research Group

We're researching the complex reality of the struggles over the meaning of security, citizenship and rights.

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Mental Health in Childhood and Education (MICE) hub

We're promoting research and projects in the field of mental health in childhood, from wellbeing in early years to bullying in schools.

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Higher Education Research Group

We're researching all aspects of higher education policies and practices which impact on the staff and student experience.

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Interested in a PhD in Education?

Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Education postgraduate research degrees page.