This theme provides a focal point for social scientific research relating learning to political, social and economic contexts, within the UK, in Europe, and globally.

Research draws on theoretical and methodological resources from anthropology, economics, philosophy and sociology, uses qualitative and quantitative approaches, and is undertaken from a variety of policy-relevant perspectives. Research strengths include policy developments in the field of assessment or skills development, education in the developing world, and interdisciplinary work on higher education.