Bee Hughes

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Currently happy to co-supervise on research projects focussing on critical policy studies, school leadership, corporate leadership of schools, school based collaborations

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Dr Hughes' research interests lie in educational leadership, school structures critical policy studies and ethnography. Hughes is interested in network ethnography in investigating the interplay between agency, power and structure. Hughes' main research involves investigating  leadership practices in school systems  particularly in multi-academy trusts. She uses Arendtian thinking to help understand and interpret her research. Hughes' doctoral study focused on education policy and leadership practices within a multi-academy trust in England. Hughes is the Department co-ordinator for PGR admissions within the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE). Hughes is a Lecturer in Education within MIE and teaches on the Masters programmes in Educational Leadership and Education Leadership in Practice. Hughes is a member of  the Critical Education Leadership and Policy Research group (CELP),  and a  member of British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)  and the  British Educational Research Association( BERA). She is currently Deputy Editor of the Journal Management in Education. Previously, Hughes  worked in schools as a senior leader both in Hong Kong and in the UK.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, AN investigation into a chief executive officer of a multi-academy trust in England , The University of Manchester

30 Sept 201630 Sept 2019

Award Date: 17 Jan 2020

Master of Business Administration, University of Leicester

Award Date: 1 Jul 2000

Bachelor of Education

1 Sept 19811 Jul 1985

Award Date: 1 Jul 1985

NPQH, National College for School Leadership

External positions

Deputy Editor MIE, British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)

20 Mar 2023 → …

Areas of expertise

  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • Education policy
  • Leadership
  • Arendtian scholarship
  • Critcal policy studies
  • schools
  • sociology of education
  • social justice
  • ethnography
  • equity
  • L Education (General)
  • Policy analysis
  • school leaders
  • school structures
  • multi-academy trusts


  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Policy
  • Schools
  • critical policy studies


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