Photo of Keith LewinKeith Lewin
Emeritus Professor (Education)


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.


Recent Awards

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 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

Commonwealth Service

The Commonwealth Ministers met in August 2012 in Mauritius. The plenary address was given by Keith Lewin ( 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 The Background Paper can be found at The Ministerial Statement can be found at:


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

"Making Rights Realities"


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)




  • MUSTER - Multi-Site Teacher Education Research Project (DFID) 1997-2005

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Programme Book

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.

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Teacher Education in Ghana

Teacher Education in Lesotho

Teacher Education in Malawi

Teacher Eduication in Trindad and Tobago


  • SEIA - Secondary Education in Africa (World Bank)


Main Programme Website


Project Book

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)).

Project Book

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)

Project Book


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

Other Publications               

  •  Non Government Providers of Schooling.

Project Book

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.

Click on the link to view Keith's Professorial lecture:

 'Knowledge Matters for Development'