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Prof Hugh Starkey
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 02079115507
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  • Professor of Citizenship and Human Rights 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. I have a background in distance education and I have master's level and doctoral 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. From 2012 - 2014 I led a major research and development project to reform citizenship education in the Lebanon funded by the European Commission.

Since 2014 I have been editor of London Review of Education.


I am a founding board memberof the journal Human Rights Education Review.


In 2006 I co-founded the International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC). Our 14th international annual conference in 2020 was postponed because of CV19 and the 2021 conference is also cancelled. Instead we are offering online seminars in conjunction with the WERA IRN Human Rights Education


Since 2019 I have been founding co-director of the World Educational Research Association's International Research Network on Human Rights Education (WERA IRN HRE). The organisation of the network is by ICEDC (see above) and Human Rights Education Review.

Details of WERA IRN HRE webinars from January 2021 are at:


All previous webinars are available to view on the HRER YouTube channel


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 several 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 and the Comparative and International Education (CIES) conference twice.

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
  • Language education related to the above

Teaching Summary

I currently (September 2021) supervise 13 students on the Ed.D and M.Phil and PhD programmes within IOE's Centre for Doctoral Education. I have supervised 19 doctoral students to successful conclusion. I AM NOT ABLE TO TAKE ON NEW STUDENTS.

From summer 2019 I have been teaching a newly titled and updated 30 credit master's module Education and Identities: Citizenship, Rights, Narratives [This is a co-operatively taught course with colleagues from history education and philosophy].

From 2016 to 2020 I was academic leader of the Active Citizenship strand of UCL's Global Citizenship Programme. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-citizenship-programme/

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).

From 2011 - 2018 I taught a classroom based undergraduate module Education Values and Society on the B.Ed.

Academic Background
1999   Doctor of Philosophy Open University
1983   Master of Science Aston University
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