The Institute of Education, University of London

Dr Nicole Blum

Nicole Blum is a Lecturer in Development Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. Her work with CREATE was conducted in partnership with researchers at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, Delhi. This research focused on small, rural schools and on issues surrounding multigrade teaching and learning in India. Prior to joining CREATE, Nicole completed a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Sussex (UK) where her research was on community participation in environmental education in Costa Rica.

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Dr Fran Hunt

Fran Hunt ( is Research Officer in the Development Education Research Centre (DERC), Institute of Education, University of London. She is currently working on the global dimension in initial teacher education project. Previously she was Research Fellow for CREATE for four years and has worked on a number of research and consultancy projects. Fran's research interests are citizenship and democracy in education, human rights, student voice, teacher/student relations, issues of inclusion and exclusion, access to education and dropping out from school.

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Professor Angela Little

Professor Angela Little ( is Professor of Education and International Development at the Institute of Education and CREATE Convenor for the Institute. Angela’s research interests include, globalisation, education and development; qualifications and livelihoods; Education for All (EFA) policy and planning; Multi-grade teaching; Access and transitions in education.

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Dr Marie Lall

Dr Marie Lall ( is a Lecturer in Education Policy at the Institute of Education, University of London. On CREATE she is carrying out a review of policy studies concepts which might be relevant for EFA. Marie’s research interests include, education policy with regard to gender, race and social exclusion issues in developed and developing countries; Indian education policy; formation of National Identity in South Asia; parental involvement in education; politics of South Asia, Indian political economy; Indian foreign policy formulation, migration and Diaspora politics.

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Dr Moses Oketch

Dr Moses Oketch ( is Lecturer of Educational Planning and International Development in the Institute of Education, University of London. Moses is undertaking a review of policy on free primary education and secondary education in the East African Region. His research interests include: comparative / international higher education policy and management; economics of education; higher education finance and management; and social cohesion.

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Dr Pat Pridmore

Dr Pat Pridmore ( is Senior Lecturer in International Education and Health Promotion at the Institute of Education, University of London. On CREATE she is looking at aspects of health and educational access, retention and achievement. Pat’s research interests are around health and education. She was Director of a recently completed, DFID-funded research study on the role of open, distance and flexible learning (ODFL) in mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people in Mozambique and South Africa. She is the co-director of a programme of research on learning and teaching in multigrade settings. This programme includes DFID-funded work in Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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Caine Rolleston

Caine is currently a researcher for the Young Lives project at the University of Oxford. His doctoral work at the Institute of Education in London focused on educational access and economic welfare in Ghana. His previous work and areas of interest include educational access, the economic benefits of education, private schooling in developing countries and the role of education in poverty reduction. He worked as a research assistant for CREATE between 2007 and 2011 on issues of educational access in Ghana, India and Sri Lanka.

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