The Centre for International Education, University of Sussex

Director of CREATE: Professor Keith M Lewin

Professor Keith Lewin ( Former Director of the Centre for International Education at the University of Sussex and Director of the CREATE research partnership. He is Chair of the Trustees of the UK Forum for International Education and Training and a Fellow of the K Academy of Social Sciences. He has extensive experience of school systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South East Asia, and China, has published 18 books and over 150 scholarly articles and chapters, and has supervised over 50 D Phil students. He has worked extensively with the International Institute of Educational Planning, and with the World Bank, DFID, Commonwealth Secretariat, DSE/GTZ, JICA, UNICEF, UNESCO, the African Development Bank and with many national governments Keith made invited contributions to the world education conferences at Jomtien and Dakar, and has subsequently been directly involved in national sector development planning in Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda, and in India supporting DFID's bilateral programmes. He was Senior Technical Advisor to the Commonwealth Ministerial Sub Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals for Education. He has been an Honorary Professor of Beijing Normal and Zhejiang Universities since the 1990s. His research interests include the economics of education and educational financing, educational policy and planning for EFA, teacher education, educational innovation and implementation, science education policy, assessment, aid to education, and the sustainable development goals.

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Prof Kwame Akyeampong

Kwame ( is Professor in International Education and Development at the University of Sussex who has written extensively on teacher education, education and development in sub-Sahara Africa, and basic education provision in low-income country contexts. He has consulted for DFID, JICA, the World Bank, and Ministries of Education in Ghana and Rwanda. He was recently principal investigator on a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation research project on Teacher Preparation and Continuing Professional Development in Africa (TPA/FICEA). He has also been working extensively on Speed Schools and alternatives for basic education in Africa.

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Dr Alison Croft

Dr Alison Croft was a Lecturer in Education at the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex. Alison's research interests focus on primary education, teacher education, special education and inclusive education. These are linked through looking at the processes of responding to pupil diversity at various levels in education systems. She previously worked on the DFID-funded MUSTER (multi-site teacher education research) project. Before coming to Sussex, Alison undertook research on UK government policy on special and inclusive education at the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). Her previous professional experience includes working as a regional advisor supporting the education of disabled children in Namibia, and as a mainstream class teacher and a support teacher in schools where disabled children were taught in mainstream classes in England. She has also worked as a trainer on disability, development and education for non-governmental organisations.

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Prof Mairead Dunne

Mairead ( is Professor of Sociology of Education with a recent focus on gender and sexuality in education in Sub-Saharan Africa. This includes explorations of the everyday life in educational institutions (teacher/student relationships; curriculum content and delivery; pedagogy and learning) and the connection to wider social contexts of HIV/AIDS and conflict. She has extensive experience working and researching in a number of countries worldwide including several developing countries. These include Kenya, Botswana, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, Guyana, Fiji, W. Samoa, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, The Philippines, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as well as UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. She has acted as principal investigator on a number of research projects with experience managing research teams across different developing country contexts. With a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research skills, she has engaged in funded research and consultancy projects for DFID, DCSF, ESRC, TDA, UNESCO, WORLD BANK and CfBT. Her particular interests concern the relationships between education, identities and citizenship. More specifically, this encompasses equity (gender, ethnicity, Socio-economic status), quality, identity, power and process in educational institutions and research methodologies. She has contributed to scholarship around policy and practice in education in a wide range of national contexts and her writing has attracted several excellence awards. She has also won an award for teaching at the University of Sussex where she founded the International Professional Doctorate. Her recent publications include two co-authored books entitled ‘Becoming a researcher: A companion to social research’ and ‘Gendered school experiences: Impacts on retention and achievement in Ghana and Botswana’ and a sole-edited collection ‘Gender, sexuality and development; education and society in Sub-Saharan Africa’.

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Dr Sara Humphreys

Dr Sara Humphreys ( is a visiting lecturer at the University of Sussex, currently based in the Caribbean. Her research interests include gender, sexuality and school processes, gender violence, classroom pedagogies and discourses.

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Dr Pauline Rose

Dr Pauline Rose was Reader in International Education within the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex and worked for the GMR, UNESCO. She was responsible for coordinating the theme on multiple providers of education for CREATE, and undertook an in-depth study related to this in collaboration with BRAC University in Bangladesh. She was also co-investigator on an ESRC-funded research project on non-government public action of basic services in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, for which she was lead researcher on education. Other research included an analysis of education’s role in poverty reduction, and in the consolidation of democratic values in sub-Saharan Africa. More generally, Pauline has been involved in research on the influence of international agencies and changing aid modalities on national education policies and practices in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. After a period at the Global Monitoring Report she has joined the University of Cambridge.

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Dr Ricardo Sabates

Ricardo was a Senior Lecturer International Education & Development within the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex. His research focused on the links between education and the uptake of preventative health care and on parents' education and children's outcomes. He has academic publications on issues of child nutrition and on education and crime and the intergenerational transmission of education. He has also contributed to research reports for the UK Department of Education and Skills. He has now moved to the University of Cambridge.

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Prof Yusuf Sayed

Yusuf ( is a Professor of International Education and Development Policy within the Centre for International Eucation, University of Sussex.

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Tony Somerset

Tony Somerset worked as a tutor in the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex and has been involved in a number of international education research and consultancy projects.

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Dr Jo Westbrook

Dr Jo Westbrook is a Senior Lecturer in Education working within the Centre for International Education,
University of Sussex . Her research interests lie in primary and secondary teacher education in reading in the UK
and internationally with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and Pakistan. She is particularly interested in the acquisition of literacy and the development of comprehension. She has academic publications on the teaching
and role of wider reading in adolescents, the transition from NQT to teacher in Pakistan and the history of
primary education in Tanzania.

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Dr Benjamin Zeitlyn

Dr Benjamin Zeitlyn ( was the CREATE Research Fellow. His doctoral research, which was part of the AHRC funded 'Home and Away' project, focused on the experiences of children growing up Bangladeshi in London and their role in social change as they negotiate the reproduction of societies. He worked as a Research Fellow in the Centre for International Education and a Lecturer in the Geography Department at the University of Sussex. He has subsequently joined the UK DFID. His research interests include development, education, India and Bangladesh, Islam, migration, transnationalism, multiculturalism as well as research with children and young people.

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