Centre for International Education Research (CIER)
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The Centre for International Education Research (CIER) sees education as a site of study for wider, contested processes such as development, globalisation and technological change.

Its members believe that education is a lifelong and lifewide process that should promote social justice, equality, citizenship and democracy.

Centre members have conducted research in all regions of the world and have worked closely with a range of international organisations, most notably UNESCO.

Centre for International Education Research

Centre for International
Education Research


Research currently focuses on:

  • higher education internationally, including professional development, student experience and the role of English
  • current and historical role of higher, adult and vocational education in promoting human development
  • place of education in the global development agenda

Professor Simon McGrath
Centre Convenor

CIER news

PhD congratulations

Congratulations to Dr Sharon Clancy on the successful defence of her PhD thesis
22 June 2017

Adult and Lifelong Education - New Book

Adult and Lifelong Education explores why politicians, researchers, and practitioners involved in educating post-school young people and adults have quietly abandoned the term 'education' in favour of 'learning'.
05 December 2016

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World-Class Research

The centre is part of four of the University's Research Priority Areas - Governance and Public Policy; Languages, Texts and Society; Rights and Justice; and Sustainable Development.



Centre for International Education Research

School of Education
University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

+44 (0)115 951 4543