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Educational Leadership and Policy

Educational Leadership and Policy

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Focus of our research

This theme focuses on engagement in leadership and educational policy in schools, universities and other educational organisations.

As a new theme, we are developing leadership and policy in education in various ways, as well as encouraging doctoral students (PGRs) into research inspired work on the PhD in Global Education.

Members within our theme will mentor new researchers in educational leadership and policy research. Theme members have access to various partners and with national and international groups researching leadership and policy, such as the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS).

Professor Megan Crawford, Theme Lead, is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Fellowships are awarded to those who have made a substantial contribution to wider social science and are leading figures in their field. 

Drawing on this background, the theme members will discuss and research the key research question: In what ways does educational leadership, and educational leadership preparation, matter in an ever-changing policy environment in the UK’s four jurisdictions and elsewhere?

Theme members are also look open to aligning their work with other educational research themes and centres in the leadership and policy area for mutual benefit.

If you wish to find out more about this theme, discuss a potential project, or become a postgraduate researcher, please contact Professor Megan Crawford.

Key researchers

Name Title Email
Professor Megan Crawford Theme lead 
Dr Rami Ayoubi Associate Professor (Research) 
Dr Kartika Bhatia Associate Professor  
Dr Mehmet Karakus Assistant Professor
Dr Sylwia Holmes Assistant Professor


PhD opportunities

If you are interested in carrying out a PhD in educational leadership, with emphasis on policy, emotion, or team working please get in touch with Professor Megan Crawford.

We invite you to explore our online PhD in Global Education below. We offer students entry points in January and September each academic year. Offering a flexible route of study, we have integrated a track to master’s by research which you can take if you do not wish to progress to the PhD. This online, part-time programme is ideal for those looking to undertake a PhD whilst working in an educational setting.

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PhD in Global Education

A structured PhD that is designed to develop you into an educational researcher with a global outlook - wherever you are in the world.

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