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1979 BA (Hons) Modern History and Politics (Upper Second) Liverpool University.
1980 PGCE History Liverpool University.
1990 MSc Educational Management CNAA.
1999 PhD An Intellectual History of the Field of Education Management from 1960 Keele University.

2020 Doctor of Social Science The Education Policy Knowledgeable Polity (EPKP) project:  a contribution to critical education policy scholarship. The University of Manchester. 


Research interests

My main interest is in the politics of knowledge production within and for education policy. I work with social and political theories of power, particularly in regard to the study of educational leadership. I have led and participated in a range of ESRC and BA funded projects regarding this focus, with a range of monographs being produced.

I am co-convenor of the European network: LE@DS - Leading Education and Democratic Schools. 

Other teaching information

Main teaching interests: 

My main area of teaching is with in-service educational professionals who wish to undertake masters and doctoral degrees in the area of education policy, leadership and management.

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Adjunct Professor II, University of Oslo

30 Nov 201230 Nov 2017

Areas of expertise

  • JC Political theory
  • Education policy
  • L Education (General)
  • Education leadership

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Work and Equalities Institute


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