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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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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

Interested in a PhD in Education?

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