Our team of in-house researchers conduct educational research on policy and practice from around the world to inform policymakers and practitioners as well as our own work on the ground.
Tony McAleavy is Education Development Trust’s Research Director with corporate oversight of the educational impact of all Education Development Trust’s activities and our public domain research programme. Tony has worked extensively on school reform in many countries, particularly in the Middle East. He has an MA in Modern History from St John’s College, University of Oxford.
Dr Anna Riggall leads Education Development Trust's global programme of academic educational research and promotes evidence engagement across the organisation. She has over 20 years’ experience leading international educational research and holds an MA in Education & Development Studies and PhD in Education. She specialises in the areas of education system reform, education for marginalised groups including children with disabilities, girls and refugees, teacher development, leadership, accountability and education in emergencies.
Serena is Education Development Trust’s Senior Researcher. She is an experienced evaluator and researcher with a strong track record of assessing and implementing both small and large-scale projects and programmes (with budget up to USD72 million) in a range of countries for organisations such as UNDP, UNESCO, FAO, and the World Bank. She has a PhD in Evaluation of Education and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Development obtained at the London School of Economics.
Rachael has worked at Education Development Trust since 2016. With over six years’ experience that spans market and social research, she has successfully conducted large and small scale research and evaluation projects in a diverse range of countries (including Rwanda, Vietnam, Jordan and the UK). Rachael’s research interests and expertise are in system level reform at both national level and local level. She has an MA in Social Research Methods from Durham University, and is currently undertaking a part-time PhD in Education at the University of Bath.
Alex Fenn is a Research Officer at Education Development Trust. He is an experienced researcher who specialises in policy analysis and qualitative research methods. Since he joined the research team, Alex has been working on a variety of different projects, notably research into teacher development in low-income countries and education delivery in refugee contexts. He has an interest in political and societal security, education provision in fragile states and the role education plays in post-conflict reconstruction. Alex holds a BA in History and an MA in International Relations (Security Studies), both attained from the University of Reading.
Lowri Buckley is a Project Coordinator at Education Development Trust. In her role she has worked on a variety of projects from NSP Wales: Literacy and Numeracy Programme, Global Learning Programme Wales to more recently working on the TALIS Video Study - an international comparative study which included coordinating with 85 schools across England.
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