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Prof Toby Greany
Lon Centre for Leadership in Learning
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 020 76126871
  • Professor of Leadership and Innovation
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the IOE and Director of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning.  

Before joining the IOE, I was Director of Research and Policy at the National College for School Leadership for seven years. I have worked at the Design Council, the Campaign for Learning and the Cabinet Office. From 2005-2006 I was Special Advisor to the Education and Skills Select Committee. I have taught in Brazil, China and the UK.

Research Summary

My original research interests were in the learning process and understanding the impact of 'learning to learn'/metacognition on learning attitudes and outcomes. I have also studied the impact of learning environments in schools.  As a former senior civil servant I have a particular interest in policy, both as a process and the ways in which it impacts in education. 

I am interested in school systems and how leaders operate within those systems, both as a result of deliberate and unintended policy-driven incentives and as a result of personal agency. 

I have always been interested in the intersections between policy, practice and evidence and the ways in which knowledge, expertise and capacity do or don't move around within and between organisations.  This underpins my interest in models for knowledge mobilisation, the development and impact of networks and collaboration, and approaches to leadership and professional development. 

I have a strong focus on research and theory-development which draws from and, in turn, informs policy and practice. For me this means retaining a critical perspective, whilst engaging in R&D-type models that actively engage practice where appropriate.         

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