Our cutting-edge research covers all aspects of learning across the lifespan – through early years, schooling, further and higher education, and into the workplace. We pride ourselves on the excellence and collaboration that runs through all of our work and puts us at the forefront of the educational debate. 

Our wide range of ground-breaking research projects, which take place at dedicated research centres across Oxford, are pooled into three overarching themes.

Research themes 

Our three key research themes provide the basis for our research groups and their associated projects. These themes include:

  • Language Cognition and Development
  • Policy, Economy and Society
  • Pedagogy, Learning and Knowledge
Research groups 

Our individual research groups are organised within our parent themes. Our research projects that sit within these groups are both qualitative and quantitative in nature, and our methods hubs define how we carry out our work. Although staff and students are typically members of research groups within a specific theme, many do join meetings and events of groups under other themes. 

Research centres 

The research within each theme takes place at our specialist self-funded research centres around Oxford. Here, staff and students work closely together to plan and implement our research projects. 


Take a look at the table below to see how our themes, groups and centres are set up.


Research CentresResearch Themes
Rees CentreLanguage cognition & development
Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA)Policy, economy & society
Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE)Policy, economy & society
Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE)Policy, economy & society
Oxford Education DeaneryPedagogy, learning & knowledge


Research GroupsResearch Themes
Applied LinguisticsLanguage Cognition & Development
Child Development and LearningLanguage Cognition & Development
English as a Medium of InstructionLanguage Cognition & Development
Comparative & International EducationPolicy, Economy & Society
Philosophy, Religion and EducationPolicy, Economy & Society
Critical Digital EducationPedagogy, Learning & Knowledge
Subject PedagogyPedagogy, Learning & Knowledge
Sociocultural & Activity TheoryPedagogy, Learning & Knowledge
Teacher Education & Professional LearningPedagogy, Learning & Knowledge