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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Durham University Evidence Centre for Education (DECE)

A research group of the School of Education.

DECE generates, assesses, synthesises and promotes robust evidence to inform education policy and practice. We take a lifelong and society-wide view of education, with a particular interest in inequalities and educational justice. We take the wider outcomes of education seriously, looking beyond attainment and cognitive development to outcomes such as mental health, well-being, attitudes and aspirations, personality, trust and civic participation. We promote, evaluate and monitor the impact of high quality education research, and help build research capacity. The members of the Centre and their networks provide a rich blend of perspectives - including educational sociologists, psychologists, economists, geographers, health scientists, methodologists, and practitioners.

Please visit the DECE webpages at for further information or contact the cluster lead Professor Stephen Gorard.


Academic Staff

Emeritus and Honorary Staff

Research Students

From other departments

  • Professor Carolyn Summerbell (in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences)
  • Professor Vikki Boliver (in the Department of Sociology)
  • Dr Sol Gamsu (in the Department of Sociology)
  • Dr Naomi Griffin (in the Department of Sociology)
  • Dr Mandy Powell (in the Department of Sociology)
  • Professor Tony Chapman (in the Department of Sociology)
  • Dr Sarah Metcalfe (in the Department of Psychology)
  • Dr Ourania Maria Ventista