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Prof Keith Lewin

Post:Emeritus Professor (Education)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE EH 143
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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); FAcSS (Fellow 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) 2005-2012
  • Chair of Trustees, UK Forum for International Education and Training 2017-2020

Awards and Associations 

  • Fellow of the U.K. Academy of Social Sciences
  • Joyce Cain prize 2013 for best article worldwide on Africa (with R Sabates). Comparative and International Education Society of the USA.
  • Past President, British Association of Comparative and International Education
  • Honorary Professor, University of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Investiture
  • Honorary Professor, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China  Investiture
  • Editorial Board International Journal of Education and Development
  • Advisor to various multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies

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Emeritus Professor of International Development and 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 50 PhDs 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 1995-2015. Past President of the British Association of Comparative and International Education

Director of the Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE) with multi-million pound funding from the UK Department for International Development (2005-2012). The consortium has undertaken research on Access to Basic Education (including lower secondary schooling) in Bangladesh, India, Ghana, and South Africa in 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 it and all other research products are available at which has become a portal for access to education.

Special interests include the economics of education and development; policy analysis and planning; science and technology and development policy, teacher education; national assessment systems and public/private partnerships, development of bi-lateral and multi-lateral aid programmes, and finaincing of education systems. 

Director/ team leader/consultant on many research and development projects across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. 

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 educational aid advisors and to over 100 international conferences on education and development in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean and my work has been widely disseminated.






Emeritus Professor of International Development and Education. I founded the Sussex international Masters programme in Education in 1979 and became Director of the Centre for International Education (1995-2011). I have directed many research projects and was the Director of the DFID funded Multisite Teacher Education Project (MUSTER) 1997-2005 exploring teacher education in Africa and the Caribbean. I was subsequently the Director of the Consortium for Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE) also funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). This large scale programme researched educational access in Africa and Asia.


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