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ICHRE is managed by an executive committee of staff and research students at UCL Institute of Education (IOE).


Professor Gary McCulloch is the Director of ICHRE. He is the inaugural Brian Simon Professor of History of Education. His recent publications include Historical Research in Educational Settings (with William Richardson, 2000), Documentary Research in Education, History and the Social Sciences (2004), Cyril Norwood and the Ideal of Secondary Education (2007), The Struggle for the History of Education (2011), and Secondary Education and the Raising of the School-Leaving Age: Coming of Age? (with Tom Woodin and Steven Cowan, 2013). He is a past Editor of the Journal History of Education and current Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies. He is currently President of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and previous President of the UK History of Education Society.

Dr Georgina Brewis is Associate Professor in the History of Education. She is a historian of voluntary action, youth and education in modern Britain, currently working on an ESRC-funded project Discourses of Voluntary Action examining ideas about voluntary organisations and welfare in the 1940s and 2010s. She is currently finishing a co-authored book on the history of humanitarianism for Cambridge University Press and recently revised and updated UCL’s official history The World of UCL . Her previous book A Social History of Student Volunteering: Britain and Beyond, 1880-1980 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) takes a long view of the experience of going to university. Georgina is Director of an ongoing British Academy Research Project (ARP) on voluntary sector archives ‘Archiving the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain‘. Georgina teaches history courses for the BA Education Studies and UCL History and welcomes applications from postgraduate students interested in researching modern Britain and the wider world, particularly students and higher education, youth movements, volunteering and the voluntary sector.


Dr Vincent Carpentier is Reader in History of Education in the Department of Education, Practice and Society at UCL Institute of Education, London. He is an Associate Editor of the London Review of Education. His comparative research on the historical relationship between educational systems, economic cycles and social change is located at the interface of history of education and political economy. His current research explores the long-term connections and tensions between funding, equity and quality in higher education at both national and global levels. His publications include Système éducatif et performances économiques au Royaume-Uni: 19ème et 20ème siècles (L’Harmattan, 2001) and Global Inequalities and Higher Education, Whose Interests Are We Serving? (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010 – co-edited with Elaine Unterhalter) and articles in various academic journals. Vincent participates in several research projects of the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher education (CEGHE) including “Higher Education Participation and Macro-Economic Fluctuations: An historical and comparative study”.

Dr Mark Freeman is Reader in Education and Social History, and is the IOE’s Faculty Graduate Tutor. With Tom Woodin and Susannah Wright, he co-edits the journal History of Education. He has published widely on modern British social, educational and business history, and has particular interests in adult education and youth movements. From 2013 to 2017 he was co-investigator on a large AHRC-funded project, ‘The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain 1905-2016’.  He has published in the English Historical Review, History Workshop Journal, Historical Research and the Economic History Review. He has a long-standing interest in rural and community history, modern British Quakerism, and educational settlements and centres. Mark is a member of the executive committee of the History of Education Society. With other colleagues from the ‘Redress of the Past’ project, Mark is co-editor of Restaging the Past: Historical Pageants, Culture and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain, which will be published fully open-access by UCL Press in 2020.

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Edward Whiffin is a PhD student working on the history of public school boys and identity formation in the early twentieth century. His thesis is focusing on how English public school boys responded to institutional ideologies, particularly through informal and extra-curricular activities. He completed his BA in 2012 and MA in 2013, both at Newcastle University and joined the UCL Institute of Education in April 2015.

Dr Tom Woodin is Reader in Education at UCL Institute of Education. He is the author of Working-class Writing and Publishing in the Late Twentieth Century (MUP, 2018). He led an ESRC funded project on the history of the school leaving age which resulted in a book, with Gary McCulloch and Steve Cowan, Secondary Education and the Raising of the School Leaving Age – Coming of Age? (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He has edited Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values (Routledge 2014). He led a project for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which resulted in Community and Mutual Ownership – a Historical Review. His other research interests include the history of education, the co-operative movement, the life and work of Brian Simon, and the social history of learning in relation to social movements. He co-edits History of Education.

ICHRE International Affiliates

Professor Miriam Ben-Peretz (Israel)

Professor Marisa Bittar (Brazil)

Professor Ter-sheng Chiang (Taiwan)

Professor Yu-Wen Chou (Taiwan)

Professor Therese Hamel (Canada)

Dr Parimala Rao (India)

Professor Tom O’Donoghue (Australia)

Professor William Reese (USA)

Professor Shin’ichi Suzuki (Japan)

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