London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Alistair Ross

Professor of Education

I am a Jean Monnet ad personam professor, awarded by the European Commission.  This runs from 2009 to 2014, and is particularly linked to the study Young Europeans’ constructions of identity and citizenship: Crossing European borders: (see the separate page that describes this in full).

I am also an Emeritus Professor at London Metropolitan University, and Visiting Professor at the University of Bedfordshire.

I work part-time as a researcher in the Institute. My research interests centre around aspects of social justice within education:

  • how children and young people find a voice in society and understand their identities and rights in society, and citizenship education;
  • how educational policies and practices can ensure that individuals and groups all benefit from education, maximise their potential, and no groups are disadvantaged
  • how the education professions are representatively drawn from the communities that they serve.

I'm also interested in teacher supply and retention issues, and particularly in the supply and retention of an ethnically diverse teaching workforce that is representative of the community. I've prepared contributed to reports on this for the OECD, various LEAs, the General Teaching Council for England and the Mayor of London.

I was education policy consultant to the Migration Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), that reported in MIPEXIII (2011) comparing migration policies towards migrants in 31 states.

Other research interests include access to higher education, policies for inclusion and exclusion in education, the curriculum, and (a long time ago) the use of computers in primary school children's learning.

I was a primary teacher in Inner London for a decade before joining the University in the mid 1980s. I was formerly Director of IPSE (2000 to 2009).

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