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- D.Phil. Institute of Development Studies/University of Sussex, 1981; M.Sc. Science Policy, University of Manchester, 1972; B.Sc. Physics. First Class Honours Degree. University of Manchester, 1971; C.Phys (Chartered Physicist); AcSS (Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences)
Professor in International Education and Development
Director of Centre for International Education (CIE) 1995-2011
Director of the Consortium for Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE) funded by DFID
Professional Awards and Associations
- Joyce Cain prize 2013 Comparative and International Education Society of the USA.
- President, British Association of Comparative and International Education: 2005/6
- Honorary Professor, University of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Investiture: 1993.
- Honorary Professor, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China Investiture: 1994.
- International Institute of Educational Planning, Board of Consultants, Paris 1994-2002
- Editorial Board International Journal of Education and Development
- DFID Research Review Panel 2000-2008
- SEIA (World Bank) Senior Advisor on Educational Financing 2002-2008
- UNICEF Senior Consultant 2010-12
- AUSAID Senior Consultant 2012
- Eduation International Critical Friend
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Professor of International Education, University of Sussex and Director of the Centre for International Education (CIE) 1995-2011. Previously Director of Research Studies in Education; founding Director of the Sussex International Masters Degree programme; supervisor of more than 40 Ph Ds on Education and Development; and grant holder for over £4.5 million worth of research and development projects in the recent past. Top ten grant holder at the University of Sussex for most years since 1995. The last national Research Assessment Exercise highlighted the quality, visibility and impact of the work of the Centre. Past President fo the British Association of Comparative and International Education. 2013 winer of the Joyce Cain prize of the Comparative and International Education Society of the USA.
Director of the Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE) with funding from DFID of £2.5 million (2005-2012). The consortium has undertaken research on Access to Basic Education (including lower secondary schooling) in Bangladesh(BRAC), India(NUEPA), Ghana (UCC and Winneba), South Africa (U Wits) on a large scale with high level partners over five years. The research has also taken place on a smaller scale in Kenya, Malawi, China, and Sri Lankain partnership with national teams of researchers. It has produced over 150 research products working with over 100 researchers including national reports and analytic research monographs. The research is summarised in Making Rights Realities and all other research products are available at www.create-rpc.org which has become a portal for access to education.
Special interests include the economics of education and development; policy analysis and financial planning; science and technology and development policy, strategies for development aid including public/private partnerships and post 2015 goals and targets, evaluation of aid programmes, teacher education; and assessment. Experienced senior consultant to UN agencies, World Bank, DFID, UNICEF and UNESCO and other bi-laterals and many national governments in Africa and Asia.
Director/ team leader on many research and development projects across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. These include: the Secondary Education in Africa (SEIA) programme of the World Bank with thematic responsibility for planning and financing with case studies in Ghana, Zambia, Benin; the Multi Site Teacher Education Project (MUSTER) working with teams in Malawi, Ghana, Lesotho, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago (DFID); Director of the Teacher Education Support programme to the Mpumalanga Primary School Initiative (MPSI - DFID) in South Africa; Strategies for Sustainable Financing of Secondary Education (China, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Cost Rica and a review of francophone countries - IIEP); Science Education and Development – a Multi Country Study for IIEP including a major review of Science Education in Malaysia (IIEP).; the South African Mpumalanga Primary School Initiative international partnership on teacher education (DFID); Access and Equity in Basic Education for the Asian Development Bank with HIID; Basic Education in China (UNICEF); and Implementing Educational Reform in Developing Countries.
Operational Engagements: Technical advisor to Commonwealth Ministers working party on post 2015 goals and targets; Senior advisor to AusAID on the development of educational aid programmes; Senior consultant to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and DFID (India) on projection and planning for Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA); senior consultant to the government of Uganda and development partners to develop the national framework for Post Primary Education and Training (PPET) for DFID); senior consultant to the Government of Tanzania and the World Bank on Finance for the Secondary Education Development Programme (World Bank), and Planning Nine Year Basic Education in Rwanda (CfBT/DFID). In each case I have developed the software for national projection models for finance and enrolment flows, and have written a series of policy papers presented at national and international conferences to shape the Medium Term Expenditure Framework. External Consultant to the Departments of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, the National Department of Education, and the Foundation for Research Development (South Africa) on research policy, teacher education, and science and technology capacity building. Special Advisor to the Minister of Education, Mauritius on financing and the implementation of the Education Masterplan (Govt of Mauritius/UNDP). Co-director of National Review of Science Education study in Malaysia (Govt of Malaysia/IIEP). Consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation on the African Forum for Children’s Literacy in Science. External consultant to Government of Sri Lanka for the World Bank and for UNDP for expenditure tracking and for research development at the National Institute of Education.
Co-Presenter of the Round Table on Financing Education for All at the World Conference on Education for All at Jomtien, Thailand (1990 – UNICEF); co-presenter of Round Table on post primary educational financing at the World Education Conference in Dakar (2000 IIEP). Several policy reviews for DFID including position papers on post primary education, for the White paper on Globalisation, institutional reviews of UK Educational Aid. My work on secondary school financing and development was presented in plenary to the Commonwealth Education Minister’s Conference (CCEM 16) and to the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). The model developed by CREATE under my direction has been adopted by DFID in its 2010 Education Strategy Paper, and has been used to shape the UNICEF/UIS 21 Country Study of Out of School Children 2010/2011, and AusAID’s Strategic Vision for its educational aid (2011). Most recently I led a plenary discussion with Minsters at the 18th CCEM and have been acting as senior technical advisor to the Commonwealth Ministers on post-2015 Goals and Targets, and contributing to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Working Group on Indicators.
My publications include more than 15 books on education and development, over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters, 60 commissioned policy reviews and substantial consultancy reports, and a wide variety of occasional papers and working documents for research projects. I have given Key Note addresses to DFID education advisors and to over 100 international conferences on education and development in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean and my work has been disseminated by DFID, the World Bank, IIEP/UNESCO, AusAID, Coomonwelath Secretariat, ADEA and several other bilateral development partners.
In my role as Professor in International Education and Development I have established and consolidated the Centre for International Education (1995-2011) which undertakes research on education and development in low income countries. I founded the Sussex International Master's programme in 1979 which has now graduated over 500 students. I was the Director of the DFID funded Multisite Teacher Education Project (MUSTER) 1997-2005 exploring teacher education in Africa and the Caribbean. I am Director of the Consortium for Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE) also funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). I have supervised over 40 DPhil and Ed D students. Most recently I have been acting as technical advisor to Commonwleath Ministers on post 2015 international goals and targets related to the U.N. processes to revise the Millenium Development Goals.
My research interests focus is on educational planning, economics and finance of education, access and equity in education and development, teacher education, science and technology education policy in developing countries, educational aid and project evaluation.
I have attracted research funding of over £4.5 million in the recent past and have been a top ten research grant holder at the University in most of the last fifteen years.
Joyce Cain Award prize winner (with R Sabates) for the best article worldwide on Education and Africa in 2013 awarded by the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) of the USA. The paper is entitled: “Who gets what? Is improved access to basic education pro-poor in Sub-Saharan Africa?” in the International Journal of Educational Development in 2012 (Vol 32:4 517-528). The article is available as a free download from the IJED – Elsevier website at http://www.journals.elsevier.com/international-journal-of-educational-development/awards/2012-2013-cies-joyce-cain-award/. An extended study on Changing Patterns of Access to Education in Anglophone and Francophone Countries in Sub Saharan Africa: Is Education for All Pro-Poor? by Keith Lewin & Ricardo Sabates is available free at http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA52.pdf
The Commonwealth Ministers met in August 2012 in Mauritius. The plenary address was given by Keith Lewin (http://www.create-rpc.org/events/). The conference agreed to set up a Ministerial Working Party on a Framework for Post 2015 Goals and Targets with Professor Lewin as technical advisor. The results of this process were published in a report and communique in January 2013 and presented to the UK High Level U.N. Panel Representative. A Summary of the Working Group’s recommendations can be found at http://www.thecommonwealth.org/files/251981/FileName/CommonwealthRecommendationsforthePost-2015DevelopmentFrameworkforEducationSummary.pdf. The Background Paper can be found at http://www.thecommonwealth.org/files/251982/FileName/CommonwealthRecommendationsforthePost-2015DevelopmentFrameworkforEducationBackgroundPaper.pdf. The Ministerial Statement can be found at: http://www.thecommonwealth.org/news/34580/251977/121214post2015summary.htm.
Recent projects include:
- Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (funded by DFID)
Main Programme site with over 100 free downloads
Programme Synthesis is available on
Multi country research programme with partners in Bangladesh (BRAC), Ghana (Univeristies of Winneba and Cape Coast), India (National University of Educational Planning NUEPA), and South Africa (University of the Witwatersrand) and the Institute of Education at the University of London. Associate partners have contributed from Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka and China. We estimate over 300 million children are denied the Right to Basic Education. The programme explores access and equity issues for those who never enrol, dropouts from primary schools and those who fail to make the transition to secondary through detailed community and school surveys and case studies, analysis of large scale household and administrative data, and traacking of over 16,000 children over four years. The website contains over 100 research outputs.
Recent publications include:
- Lewin K M and Akyeampong K (eds) (2009) ‘Access to Education in sub-Saharan Africa’ Special Issue: Comparative Education Vol. 45, No, 2 ISSN 0305-0486 Special Issue devoted to CREATE including ten contributions
- Lewin K M, Little A W and Hunt F (eds) (2011) Access, Equity and Transitions in Education in Low Income Countries. Special Issue International Journal of Educational Development, Vol 31:4 ISSN 0738-0593 CREATE Special Edition, with ten contributions
- Little A.W and Lewin K. M (eds) (2011) Access To Basic Education in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia Policies, Politics and Progress Special Issue Journal of Education Policy 26:4 ISSN 0268-0939 Create Special Issue with seven contributions
Recent Research Monographs (click to download)
- Participation and Performance in Education in Sub-Saharan Africa with special reference to Kenya: Improving Policy and Practice Authors: K. M. Lewin, P. Wasanga, E. Wanderi, A. Somerset Date: November 2011 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA74.pdf
- Access, Transitions and Equity in Education in Ghana: Researching Practice, Problems and Policy Author: Kwame Akyeampong, Caine Rolleston, Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, Keith M Lewin Date: Januuary 2012 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA72.pdf
The Role of Maternal Education During Educational Expansion for Children in Sub-Saharan Africa Authors: Ricardo Sabates, Jimena Hernandez Fernandez, Keith M Lewin Date: May 2011 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA64.pdf
Education and Change in Rich, Poor and National Minority Areas in China: Two Decades of Transition Authors: Keith M Lewin, Wang Lu Date: April 2011 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA61.pdf
- Taking Targets to Task Revisited: How Indicators of Progress on Access to Education can Mislead Author: Keith M Lewin Date: Jan 2011 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA54.pdf
- Beyond Universal Access to Elementary Education in India: Is it Achievable at Affordable Costs? Author: Keith M Lewin Date: Jan 2011 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA53.pdf
Changing Patterns of Access to Education in Anglophone and Francophone Countries in Sub Saharan Africa: Is Education for All Pro-Poor? Author: Keith M Lewin & Ricardo Sabates Date: Jan 2011 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA52.pdf
School Drop Out in Bangladesh: New Insights from Longitudinal Evidence Author: Ricardo Sabates, Altaf Hossain, Keith M. Lewin Date: Oct 2010 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA49.pdf
Expanding Access to Secondary Schooling in Sub-Saharan Africa: Key Planning and Finance Issues Authors: Keith M Lewin Date: June 2007 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA8.pdf
Long Term Planning for EFA and the MDGs: Modes and Mechanisms ( Summary) Authors: Keith M Lewin Date: June 2007 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA7.pdf
The Limits to Growth of Non-Government Private Schooling in Sub Saharan Africa ( Summary) Authors: Keith M Lewin Date: June 2007 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA5.pdf
Improving Access, Equity and Transitions in Education: Creating a Research Agenda ( Summary) Authors: Keith M Lewin Date: June 2007 http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA1.pdf
- MUSTER - Multi-Site Teacher Education Research Project (DFID) 1997-2005
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Synthesis Reprit: Researching Teacher Education Keith M Lewin and Janet Stuart
This programme of research focused on initial teacher education with partners in South Africa (Uninveristy of Kwazulu-Natal), Malawi (Centre for Educational Research and Training, Chancellor College), Ghana (University of Cape Coast), Lesotho (National University of Lesotho), and Trinidad and Tobago (University of the West Indies). It collected empirical data on the selection, training experience, and first jobs of trainee teachers. It also charted supply and demand, projected costs and financing gaps, and explored competency issues and teacher development post qualification.
Click to go to Project Website http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/cie/projects/completed/muster
Teacher Education in Ghana http://www.dfid.gov.uk/r4d/PDF/Outputs/SkillsForDev/Educationalpaper49b.pdf
Teacher Education in Lesotho http://www.dfid.gov.uk/r4d/PDF/Outputs/SkillsForDev/Educationalpaper49c.pdf
Teacher Education in Malawi http://www.dfid.gov.uk/r4d/PDF/Outputs/SkillsForDev/Educationalpaper49d.pdf
Teacher Eduication in Trindad and Tobago http://www.dfid.gov.uk/r4d/PDF/Outputs/SkillsForDev/Educationalpaper49e.pdf
SEIA - Secondary Education in Africa (World Bank)
Main Programme Website
This research was central to a regional programme for Sub-Saharan Africa researching the financing of secondary schooling in the context of Education for All and the Millenium Development Goals. This research on financing analysed data across Sub-Saharan Africa making extensive use of modelling and simulation alongside detailed country case studies in Zambia, Benin, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Malawi. These studies fed into the broader initiatives by the World Bank to address problems generated by increased demand for affodable secondary schooling.
Financing Secondary Education (International Insitute for Educational Planning (IIEP)).
This research with the International Institute for Educational Planning in Paris explored the financing issues presented by progress towards universalising access to primary education. Case studies were developed with co researchers in China, Costa Rica, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, and a sample of francophone countries.
- Science Education Policy (IIEP and World Bank)
This research provides insights into the key relationships that exist between investment in science education and effective strategies to improve knowledge and skill in science and technology. It includes case studies from 12 countries and resulted in the publication of a book, two World Bank monographs and a series of dissemination events
- Non Government Providers of Schooling.
This research explores the development of private providers of educational services in Malawi and South Africa and identifies the limits to growth of the sector. It is based on case studies of samples of private schools in differnt price ranges with a special concern for low price schooling. It concludes that truly private schools cannot reach the poorest and that there are many problems of regulation, facilitation and quality with low price for profit provisders.
Other research projects include:
- Access to Education in Asia (ADB; IIEP/UNICEF) - A regional analysis of educational development issues for the Emerging Asia study of the ADB;
- Implementing Educational Reform in China (UNICEF/IIEP);
- Implementing Educational Reform in Developing Countries - Multi Country Case Studies from Africa and Asia focusing on curriculum development;
- The Mpumalanga Primary Schools Initiative - Link institute co-ordinator for the first DFID supported basic education project in South Africa;
- The Development of Assessment for Primary Science and Agriculture - An African regional programme to improve assessment in Anglophone countries (DSE/GTZ);
- The Mauritus Master Plan and Costing and Finance of Education.
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'Knowledge Matters for Development':
Founding director of the Sussex MA in International Education and Development and contributor to MA and teacher education programmes over 35 years. Teaching on education and development, economics of education, educational finance, modelling and simulation, assessment, teacher education, science educaton, innovation theory, evaluation, aid to education.
Over 40 successful D Phil completions on education and development, financing education, science education, teacher education, curriculum development, inspection, project evaluation, decentralisation, and assessment.
Current Doctoral supervisions include theses on:
drop outs in rural communities in Ghana,
private schooling and choice in Ghana,
alternative delivery systems for basic education in the North of Ghana,
multiple providers of educational services in Rajasthan, basic education and nomadic communities in Kashmir,
transitions to secondary school in Uttar Pradesh,
decentralised educational financing in India,
educational access in Bangladesh,
assessment and pedagogic change in science in Saudi Arabia,
higher education and science policy in Sub Saharan Africa,
cross border migration and education in Southern Africa,
school based management and child friendly schools in Sri Lanka,
science and technology graduate futures in Sub Saharan Africa,
access to secondary education in India,
school management in Bangladesh,
school participation in an urban slum environment in India
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Sabates, Ricardo, Hossein, Altaf and Lewin, Keith (2013) School drop out in Bangladesh: new insights from longitudinal evidence. International Journal of Educational Development, 33 (3). pp. 225-232. ISSN 0738-0593
Lewin, Keith M and Sabates, Ricardo (2012) Who gets what? Is improved access to basic education pro-poor in Sub-Saharan Africa? International Journal of Educational Development, 32 (4). pp. 517-528. ISSN 0738-0593
Lewin, Keith, Wasanga, Paul, Wanderi, Ephraim and Somerset, Anthony (2011) Participation and Performance in Education in Sub-Saharan Africa with special reference to Kenya: Improving Policy and Practice. Project Report. CREATE, Falmer.
Lewin, Keith and Little, Angela W (2011) The policies, politics and progress of access to basic education. Journal of Educational Policy, 26 (4). pp. 477-482. ISSN 0268-0939
Lewin, Keith M and Little, Angela W (2011) Editorial- Access to education revisited: Equity, drop out and transitions to secondary school in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Education and Development, 31 (4). pp. 333-337. ISSN 0738-0593
Lewin, Keith (2011) Expanding Access to Secondary Education: Can India Catch Up? International Journal of Education and Development, 31 (4). pp. 382-393. ISSN 0738-0593
Lewin, Keith, Lu, Wang, Yuan, Luo, Wei-tao, Zhou, Tian-tian, Wang, Jie, Wang Ying and Chang, Qu Heng (2011) Education and Change in Rich, Poor and National Minority Areas in China: Two Decades of Transition. Project Report. CREATE, Brighton.
Lewin, Keith M (2011) Beyond universal access to elementary education in India: is it achievable at affordable costs? Other. CREATE.
Lewin, Keith and Sabates, Ricardo (2011) Changing Patterns of Access to Education in Anglophone and Francophone Countries in Sub Saharan Africa: Is Education for All Pro-Poor? Project Report. CREATE, Falmer.
Lewin, Keith M (2011) Beyond universal access to elementary education in India: is it achievable at affordable costs? Project Report. University of Sussex, Brighton.
Lewin, Keith (2011) Taking Targets to Task Revisited: How Indicators of Progress on Access to Education can Mislead. Project Report. CREATE, Falmer.
Lewin, Keith M (2011) Looking Back to See the Future: Four decades of development in educational planning. In: Directions in Educational Planning: International experiences and perspectives. IIEP/UNESCO Publishing, Paris, pp. 253-272. ISBN 978-92-803-1360-4
Lewin, Keith (2011) Making Rights Realities: Researching Educational Access, Transitions and Equity. Project Report. University of Sussex, Brighton.
Lewin, Keith (2011) Policy dialogue and target setting: do current indicators of Education for All signify progress? Journal of Educational Policy, 26 (4). pp. 571-589. ISSN 0268-0939
Lewin, Keith (2009) Access to education in sub-Saharan Africa: patterns, problems and possibilities. Comparative Education, 45 (2). pp. 151-174. ISSN 0305-0068
Lewin, Keith and Akyeampong, Kwame (2009) Editorial - Education in sub-Saharan Africa: researching access, transitions and equity. Comparative Education, 45 (2). pp. 143-150. ISSN 0305-0068
Lewin, Keith M and Sabates, Ricardo (2009) Who gets what? Is improved access to basic education pro-poor in Sub-Saharan Africa? In: 10th UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development, Oxford.
Lewin, Keith M (2008) Strategies for Sustainable Financing of Secondary Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa Human Development Series . The World Bank, Washington. ISBN 978-0-8213-7115-2
Lewin, Keith (2008) The Global Monitoring Report 2008 - Eleven Reasons to Revisit the EFA Agenda. CREATE.
Lewin, Keith (2008) CREATE MID TERM REVIEW PAPER 2008. Unset. CREATE.
Lewin, Keith, Sarmuel, Michael and Sayed, Yusuf, eds. (2003) Changing patterns of teacher education in South Africa: policy, practice and prospects. Heinemann. ISBN 9780796204417