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Prof Andrew Brown
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
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  • Emeritus Professor
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a sociologist of education with research interests in the process of research capacity and capabilty building, doctoral and research education, digital technology and the relationship between everyday, professional and academic discourse and practice. Current responsibilities include acting as Senior International Research Advisor for the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education at the University of Newcastle in Australia and as Member of the Council of the National Institute of Education in Singapore.

I served as Interim Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) from January to July 2016 and as Pro-DIrector (Academic Development) from 2014-6. In 2013-14 I was Dean of the Faculty of Policy and Society at the IOE. In 2017-8 I served as UCL Pro-Vice-Provost (London) and UCL 2034 London Strategy Lead, working across UCL with the Vice-Provost (Enterprise and London), the UCL Innovation and Enterprise team and UCL London Champions to develop and support the delivery of the UCL 2034 Strategy Theme 5: London’s Global University. From September 2010 to November 2012 I worked as the founding Director (Research) at the Institute for Adult Learning, part of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. My responsibilities included the development and implementation of a national research strategy in adult vocational education and training and the establishment and oversight of three research centres (Centre for Research in Learning, Centre for Skills, Performance and Productivity Research and Centre for Evaluation and Innovation Research). Prior to this, I was Dean of the Doctoral School at the IOE (2005-10). Before joining the IOE as a teacher educator in 1987, I taught in primary and secondary schools in east and north-east London.

I have retired from UCL and hold an honorary position as Emeritus Professor of Education and Society. I am based in London and currently working internationally on a range of projects spanning the arts and social sciences. I am studying for a Doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London.

Personal Country Knowledge: Bangladesh, Brazil, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa

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Liu Xu (2017), Institutional governance in the development of Chinese private universities: three cases study from Sichuan.

Zhao Xiantong (2017) The impact of internationalisation on conceptions of learning and teaching in higher education in China.

Silvina Cimolai (2014) Knowledge production and field relations in Educational Psychology in Argentina. 

David Wright (2013) Learning to manage classroom behaviour.

Joyce Tan (2013) Negotiating the occupational landscape: the career trajectories of ex-teachers and ex-engineers in Singapore.

Rosemeire Odahara Graca (2009) Rethinking art history in art teacher education in culturally diverse societies: a study of pre-service fine arts teachers in southern Brazil.

Vicky Repana (2008) Intercultural schooling in Greece: a study of schooling processes and teaching practices in four urban intercultural primary schools.

Janet Gino (2005) Intercultural visual learning in an Israeli community.

Jason Beech (2005) Global education discourse and the training of teachers in Argentina and Brazil.

Claudia Lapping (2004) Discipline, gender and institution: an empirical study of in/exclusion in undergraduate American Literature and Political Thought classes. ESRC studentship.

Marianne Larsen (2004) A comparative study of the socio-historical construction of the teacher in mid-Victorian England and Upper Canada.

Anna Cleaves (2003) Forming post-compulsory subject choices in school: a longitudinal study of changes in secondary school students ideas, with particular reference to choice about science.

Jean Murray (2002) Between the chalk face and the ivory towers? A study of the professionalism of teacher educators working on primary initial teacher education courses in the English university sector.

Jon Swain (2001) The construction of masculinity of 10-11 year old boys in three junior schools.


Koh Tat Suan (2017) Reflective practice in adult education.

Carol Charles (2012) Foundation Degree in Education students’ engagement with academic discourse.

Bill McNeil (2010) Adult study time and online professional education.

Mi-Jin Joo (2007) Korean university students' attitudes to and performance on a face -to-face interview and a computer administered oral test.

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01-DEC-2017 – 31-AUG-2018 Pro-Vice-Provost (London) UCL Innovation and Enterprise UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2016 – 01-JUL-2016 Interim Director UCL Institute of Education UCL, United Kingdom
01-MAY-2014 – 01-JAN-2016 Pro-Director (Academic Development) UCL Institute of Education UCL, United Kingdom
01-APR-2013 – 01-MAY-2014 Dean Faculty of Policy and Society Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2010 – 01-NOV-2012 Director (Research) Institute for Adult Learning Singapore Workforce Development Agency, Singapore
01-SEP-2005 – 01-SEP-2010 Dean Doctoral School Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
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