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Prof Geeta Kingdon
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 02030738316
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  • Chair of Education and International Development
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon is Professor (part time) at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, where she holds the Chair of Education and International Development.  Prior to this, she worked for 10 years at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford. 

She has a BSc Hons. in Economics from the London School of Economics, and MSc and DPhil in Development Economics from the University of Oxford.

Her research interests are in economics of education in developing countries, particularly in South Asia and Africa. She has investigated school effectiveness, gender in education, labour market outcomes of education, and the political economy of education. 

Based on her research, Professor Kingdon advises donor agencies such as the World Bank, EU and the UK-AID on their education-related aid to developing countries. She has frequently been adviser to the Indian central and state governments. She has recently been member of a 7-member Expert Group at India’s Niti Ayog (Planning Commission) for school education. She has been a member of the Education Ministry’s ‘Joint Review Missions’ of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the Universal Basic Education for All programme, and of the Secondary education programme.  She is a member of the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government’s Committee for the Implementation of the National Education Policy, chaired by the Deputy Chief Minister of UP, and has served on the High Level Committee for advising the government on attracting private investment into Higher Education. 

Professor Kingdon frequently writes opinion editorials in newspapers, having published in the recent past in The New York Times and in influential Indian daily broadsheets such as Times of India, Indian Express, The Hindu, Hindustan Times and The Economic Times.

Apart from extensive refereeing for academic journals and for research-grant applications, she serves on the editorial board of economics journals, and has raised or co-raised research grants from DFID, the Spencer Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, Sutton Trust, Rowntree Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, Ford Foundation, World Bank and the European Union.

In 2013, Professor Kingdon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kingston University London for “her outstanding contributions to education and development". 

Professor Kingdon also works as President of City Montessori School, Lucknow, a non-profit registered society.

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Research Summary

Professor Kingdon’s interests are centred in Economics of Education, and her geographical area of research has been mostly the countries of South Asia, particularly India, where she has researched school effectiveness, the determinants of student achievement; the role of private and public schools; the relative effectiveness of contract and regular teachers; gender bias in the within-household allocation of education expenditure; the labour market outcomes of education; and the political economy of education, including the role of teacher unions. Her research interests also encompass Labour Economics and the Economics of Happiness. 

Her research is based mostly on statistical analysis of datasets.  She has over 80 papers, many in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Development Economics, The Lancet, World Development, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation, the British Education Research Journal, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Applied Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Labour Economics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Review of Development Economics, and others, as well as book chapters and working papers. She has co-authored a book on the political economy of education and co-edited a volume on South African economic policy under democracy.

Based on her research, she writes publicly accessible, less technical, articles and opinion editorials for leading national newspapers and magazines. She has written recently in the New York Times, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, The Hindu, and the Economic Times, as well as for India Today, the Observer Research Foundation and the Education World magazines.

Teaching Summary

•  MA in Education and International Development suite of Masters courses, specifically: 
MA in Economics, Education and Development 
MA in Gender, Education and Development
MA in Planning, Education and Development 
MA in Learning, Education and Development
•  Economics of Education module on the MA in Education Economics

•  Supervision of MA theses 

•  Supervision of the Doctoral theses 

•  Internal and External Examiner for PhD and DPhil theses at University College London,         University of Warwick, London School of Economics, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge 

01-OCT-2007 Professor, Chair of Education and International Development Education, Practice and Society Institute of Education, UCL, United Kingdom
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