Centre Directors

Michele Schweisfurth

Professor Michele Schweisfurth

Professor (Robert Owen Centre)

Research interests: education in developing and transitional countries;learner-centred pedagogy in international perspective; democratic education and education for democracy;global citizenship education;teacher professional learning and identity;university internationalisation.

Christopher Chapman

Professor Christopher Chapman

Chair in Educational Policy and Practice (Robert Owen Centre)

Research interests: Educational policy and practice,specifically in relation to the improvement of educational outcomes in disadvantaged settings. The recurring themes in Chris’s research are accountability, collaboration, equity, leadership, professional learning and organisational/system reform.

Mark Murphy

Dr Mark Murphy

Reader (Robert Owen Centre)

Research interests: educational sociology, critical theory, accountability in higher education, and public sector reform.

Core centre members

Clive Dimmock

Professor Clive Dimmock

Professor (Robert Owen Centre)

Research interests: Cross-cultural comparative leadership and schooling – Asian and Anglo-American systems; Learning-centred leadership and teacher professional development; Leadership and whole-school transformation; Leadership and greater equity;Bridging the research, policy, practice gap

Mr Stuart Hall

Research Officer (Robert Owen Centre)

Research interests: Evaluation methodologies, research with vulnerable young people, health education, social justice and inclusion, early years education, poverty and education, research mentoring, science education research.

Kristinn Hermannsson

Dr Kristinn Hermannsson

Lecturer in Educational Economics (Robert Owen Centre)

Kevin Lowden

Mr Kevin Lowden

Research Officer (Robert Owen Centre)

Research interests: Partnership working and Collaborative Action Research; equity; leadership; professional learning and organisational/ system reform; lifelong learning; STEM education; Technology Enhanced Learning and evaluation methodologies.

Oscar Odena

Dr Oscar Odena

Reader (Robert Owen Centre)

Research interests: Qualitative research approaches and data analysis; music education; social inclusion; creativity; professional learning; primary, post-primary, higher education; teachers' thinking; students' voice; doctoral education; social music programmes; international development;

Barbara Read

Dr Barbara Read

Reader (Robert Owen Centre)

Research interests: gender and educational cultures (in both compulsory and post-compulsory settings), and children's and adults' peer group/friendship cultures at school and university.

Oscar Valiente

Dr Oscar Valiente

Senior Lecturer (Robert Owen Centre)

Research interests: Comparative Education; Education Policy; Vocational Education and Training; International Development; Sociology of Education; Skill Formation; Youth transitions