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Dr Hughes' research interests lie in educational  leadership, school structures and critical policy studies. Hughes is interested in network ethnography in investigating the interplay between agency, power and structure. Hughes' main  research involves and leadership practices of school systems  using Arendtian thinking to help understand and interpret research. Hughes' doctoral study focused on education policy and  leadership practices within a multi-academy trust in England. Hughes is Department  co-ordinator for PGR admissions. Hughes is   a Lecturer in Education within MIE and teaches on the Education Leadership Masters programme and Education Leadership in Practice. Hughes is  a member of the Critical Education Leadership and Policy Research group,  a  member of BELMAS and BERA. 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

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 Sep 201630 Sep 2019

Award Date: 17 Jan 2020

Master of Business Administration, University of Leicester

Award Date: 1 Jul 2000

Bachelor of Education

1 Sep 19811 Jul 1985

Award Date: 1 Jul 1985

NPQH, National College for School Leadership

Areas of expertise

  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • Education policy
  • Leadership
  • Arendt
  • Critcal policy studies
  • schools


  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Policy
  • Schools


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