School of Education and Social Work

Centre for International Education (CIE)

Education and development in the Global South and the diaspora is the main focus of CIE. Our aim is to undertake research and provide a knowledge hub, insights and findings related to the concerns of lower income countries in different parts of the world seeking to enhance their development. Over the last 20 years, CIE has grown to become one of the largest and most highly rated academic groups of its kind in the UK, with a reputation as a leader in its fields of study and as a centre of excellence.

CIE offers a friendly, supportive and challenging environment in which to debate development issues, theoretical perspectives and methodological positions related to education and development. Its staff support the International Education and Development MA and approximately 30 doctoral candidates on the Education PhD course.

Undergraduates may want to consider complementing their studies with additional 'elective' modules (15 credits each) or 'pathways' (60 credits) in International Education and Development. Details can be found under Customise your course.

CIE Annual Report 2020 coverWondering what on earth CIE has been doing over the last 12 months?

Find out in the CIE Annual Report 2020.


The Political Economy of Education in Times of Conflict, Crises and Pandemics

Thursdays from 8 October - 10 December (1-2.15pm)

The Political Economy of Education in Conflict Contexts Research (PEER) Network, funded by the AHRC through the Global Challenges Research Fund Network Plus Grant and led by the Universities of Sussex, Cape Town, Nazarbayev, Ulster and in conjunction with United Kingdom Forum on International Education and Training (UKFIET) and CIE are organising a 10 week global, online lecture series exploring the theme of ‘the Political Economy of Education in Times of Conflict, Crises and Pandemics’. Great speakers, Interesting topics.

Register here. 

  1. 8 October
    Introduction to Lecture Series and Overview (Mario Novelli, CIE, University of Sussex, UK)
  2. 15 October
    The Politics of COVID 19 and Education (Prachi Srivastava, Western University, Canada)
  3. 22 October
    The Political Economy of Education Privatization in Times of Crises (Antoni Verger & Clara Fontdevila, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)
  4. 29 October
    Evidence & Education Policy Making in the Global South during Covid19: Pundits, Social Movements and Policy Makers in an age of unpredictability (Yusuf Sayed, University of Sussex, UK)
  5. 5 November
    The Construction and Survival of an Intellectual Community during Structural Adjustment in Africa (Nimi Hoffman, University of Sussex, UK)
  6. 12 November
    Towards a Political Economy of Education and Conflict in South Africa’ (Azeem Badroodien and Yunus Omar, University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  7. 19 November
    Academics For Peace & The Political Economy of Repression in Turkey’s Higher Education Sector (Birgul Kutan, University of Sussex, UK & Mehmet Ugur, University of Greenwich, UK).
  8. 26 November
    The Politics and Policy of Education in Iraq (Kelsey Shanks, University of Ulster, UK).
  9. 3 December
    Gender, Education, Conflict & Crises (Naureen Durrani & Hélène Thibault Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan)
  10. 10 December
    Rethinking Peace Education: A Cultural Political Economy Approach (Sean Higgins, University of Sussex, UK)

COVID-19 Position Paper

The Centre for International Education (CIE) has released a position paper on the implications of the current COVID-19 crises for international education and development. The paper was produced through a series of Zoom meetings during and after lockdown by members of the CIE team.

Read it here.

Four years at the top: University of Sussex named best in the world for development studies for fourth year running

The University of Sussex has been ranked as best in the world for development studies for the fourth year running, in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.  

The rankings reflect the quality, impact and range of international development research and courses offered by the University’s School of Global Studies, the University of Sussex Business SchoolSussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), School of Media, Film and Music, Centre for International Education (CIE), and University of Sussex partner, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).  

Sussex has now been number one for development studies for five out of the past six years.  

Read the full story.

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New books

Continuing Professional Teacher Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Improving Teaching and Learning

Edited by Yusuf Sayed

These reflections about CPD in Ghana, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe are windows into the world of education in the sub-Saharan context, generating policy and future research questions for context beyond their worlds of time and space and allowing a deeper insight into how the same words take on different meanings in different contexts. CPD offers more discomforting questions than certainties because its agenda is incomplete. Be uncomfortable as you tread these insightful territories.

Learning to Teach in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Student Teachers' Encounters with Initial Teacher Education

Five Editors, including Yusuf Sayed

This book extends the interest to provide empirically-led evidence from field work around teacher education in the South African context. Listening to reflections of student teachers of the lived experiences of the quality of thier initial teacher education programme, it provides insights into whether post-apartheid teacher education has impacted the trajectory of new directions.

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CIE Director
Professor Mario Novelli
T +44 (0)1273 678639

CIE Deputy Director
Professor Kwame Akyeampong
T +44 (0)1273 877051

CIE Research Fellow
Farzana Bardai

Centre for International Education
Department of Education
School of Education and Social Work
Essex House
University of Sussex