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Prof Hugh Starkey
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 02079115507
  • Professor of Education
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

My research interests are education for democratic citizenship and human rights education (EDC / HRE) developed in an intercultural perspective. As a distance education specialist, my teaching at master's level is online and my students spread across the world. My group of doctoral students engage in research into citizenship and intercultural education in contexts including East Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Europe. I have acted as a consultant on human rights education and intercultural education for the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the British Council and I am currently leading a major research and development project to reform citizenship education in the Lebanon funded by the European Commission.

Personal country knowledge
  • France: education; politics; citizenship education; Freinet
  • Europe: Council of Europe and EU policies and research on education for democratic citizenship and human rights education (EDC/HRE)
  • Lebanon: leader of EU-funded Citizenship Education Reform Project 2012 - 2014. Regular visitor during this period.
  • I have visited Beijing Normal University, China on three occasions and have undertaken 3 visits to Korea for speaking engagements.
  • I have attended the annual conference of the American Association of Educational Research (AERA) as symposium convenor and speaker on six occasions. 

Languages spoken

  • French (advanced)
  • German (intermediate)

Languages written

  • French (advanced)
  • German (basic)

Research Summary

My research is interdisciplinary and relates to intercultural education; education to promote democratic citizenship and human rights. This is in the contexts both of citizenship or social studies as school subjects and language learning and teaching. It addresses questions of syllabus and curriculum design, pedagogy and education policy issues. It is closely linked to my teaching and therefore to the needs of educational professionals working in schools, education ministries and local authorities, NGOs and international organisations.

Much of my research is desk based documentary analysis of policy and practice, published in articles, books and chapters (see publications list). With my doctoral students I have been developing new research methods to engage young people in school settings and record their thoughts, feelings and knowledge about citizenship, human rights and identities.

My research areas
  • Citizenship - Human rights education
  • Rights - Children's rights
  • Diversity - multicultural education, intercultural education
  • Politics - political literacy
  • Distance learning
  • e-Learning

Teaching Summary

From 2004- 2014 I was programme leader for the online MA Citizenship and History Education (University of London International Programmes) and online module tutor for the MA Humanities Education (Citizenship, History, Religious Education). My face to face teaching includes the Education Values and Society course on the B.Ed. and contributions to the MA Humanities. I supervise 15 students on the Ed.D and M.Phil and PhD programmes within the Doctoral School.

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