Research in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning Research in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning

Welcome to the Research pages of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. The School is one of the leading UK centers for research in the field of professional education, with an international reputation for applied research and evaluation.

REF2014 confirmed the high quality of our research activity with 77% of outputs being assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

The School hosts the prestigious UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation from 2016, with a focus on developing an understanding about how adult learning – particularly for women and young people - can address inequalities in the poorest communities of the world. Professor Anna Robinson-Pant, is the UNESCO Chair-holder.

The School hosts a number of active research seminar series:

EDU Seminar Series 2017-2018

Education and Development Seminar Series 2017-2018

The School hosted the internationally renowned Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE) from 1970 until its closure in 2015. A rich resource base derived from the work of CARE can be found via the CARE website.


Research Domains

Research in the School is organized around three key educational Domains. Each Domain contains a number of specialist foci as well as active research groups. 

Pedagogy, Curriculum and Professional Learning (PCPL) Contact: Professor Elena Nardi; Professor Terry Haydn

International Education and Social Change (IESC) Contact: Professor Anna Robinson-Pant, Dr Yann Lebeau 

Lifelong Learning Cultures (LLC) Contact: Professor Richard Andrews; Professor Victoria Carrington 

  • Informal learning in a range of communities & contexts; youth cultures and identities; digital and popular cultures; multimodality in poetics; e-Learning theory; public pedagogies and gender