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Natallia Yakavets

Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Management, Faculty of Social Sciences



Natallia joined the Centre for Research in Educational Leadership and Management in April 2023. Prior to this she had been Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, since 2012. Much of her research has been concerned with education leadership and education policy in transitional societies, but she also has a broad interest in systemic education reform, inter-agency/school-to-school collaboration and partnership, leadership development, and inclusive leadership for equity and social justice.

At Cambridge she worked with colleagues at Nazarbayev University's Graduate School of Education in Astana, Kazakhstan studying schools in that country that were implementing a large-scale education reform. This research has informed national education policies and served as the basis for capacity-building work throughout the country. It was reported in the book Mapping Education Change in Kazakhstan (Cambridge University Press, 2023).

In addition, Natallia acted as international consultant for UNICEF in designing and piloting an early warning system to prevent school dropout in Kazakhstan. This led to the development of practitioner guide for social pedagogues and educational staff. Natallia is highly committed to supporting real-work impact of research.

Expertise Summary

Educational leadership; Education policy and reform

Leadership development in transitional societies

Teacher education, pedagogy, and teacher agency

Collaboration, partnership and networks

Inclusive leadership for social justice and equity

Teaching Summary

Natallia teaches and supervises dissertations on the MA in Educational Leadership and Management programme.

She is currently co-supervising PhD and EdD students with colleagues at the CRELM.

Natallia taught and supervised MPhil dissertations on the Educational Leadership and Improvement course at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education. She acted as an internal examiner for PhD viva and for EdD upgrade reports at the University of Cambridge.

Experience of crafting and delivering high-quality, research led, teaching programmes at all levels in high education.

Research Summary

Natallia has worked on large collaborative research projects with teams in diverse contexts (e.g., England, Central Asia) and has extensive international experience in educational research, needs… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

Natallia has worked on large collaborative research projects with teams in diverse contexts (e.g., England, Central Asia) and has extensive international experience in educational research, needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation of educational initiatives and comparative perspectives. She is interested how education policy translated into practice and how school leaders make decision and support equity and inclusion.

Natallia is a co-investigator working with Prof Toby Greany (PI) and Dr Mike Adkins on the evaluation of the Western Excellence in Learning and Leadership programme (WELL 2021-2024), year 3. Funder Cumbria County Council. See

Past Research

Co-investigator: "Translation and continuity of educational innovations in the secondary education system in Kazakhstan" (a longitudinal study: 2018-2020).

Co-investigator and lead international consultant on UNICEF project: 'The institutional consultancy to support the Ministry of Education in review and improvement of existing early warning mechanism for preventing, identifying, and responding to school dropouts" (2018-2021).

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