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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Prof Chris Brown, BSc, MRes, DPhil, PGCTLHE, SFHEA

Professor, Director of Research in the School of Education

(email at chris.brown@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Professor Chris Brown is Professor in Education at Durham University's School of Education.

Chris is seeking to drive forward the notion of Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) as a means to promote the collaborative learning of teachers. The aim of this collaborative learning is to improve both teaching practice and student outcomes, not only in individual schools, but also in the school system more widely. To this end Chris has co-edited one book in this area, Networks for Learning: Effective Collaboration for Teacher, School and System Improvement (Routledge, 2018); is co-editor of the Emerald’s Professional Learning Networks Book Series(and has also contributed one book to this series); and is co-founder and co-convener of theInternational Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement’s Professional Learning Networks research network. Chris was also recently awarded a significant research grant by Bosch Foundation to examine the effectiveness of area-based reforms: in themselves a specific form of PLN.

Alongside his research into PLNs Chris also has a long-standing interest in how research evidence can and should, but often doesn’t, aid the development of education policy and practice. Here Chris has edited authored five books, including Achieving Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice in Education (Emerald Publishing, 2017), scores of papers and has presented and keynoted on the subject at a number of international conferences in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Chris also has extensive experience of leading a range of funded projects, many of which seek to help practitioners to identify and scale up best practice. These include an evaluation of England’s progress towards an evidence informed school system (funded by England’s Department for Education) and a grant the Education Endowment Foundation to work with 100+ primary schools in England to increase their use of research.

In 2018 Chris was also awarded a Siftung Mercator Foundation Senior Fellowship. Each year Siftung Mercator identifies and invites just six people world-wide to apply each year for one of its fellowships. Potential Fellows are identified by a panel as ‘exceptionally talented and outstanding researchers and practitioners’ from areas seen as relevant to the themes and fields of activity of Stiftung Mercator. The purpose of the Mercator Fellowship programme is to offer selected fellows the space and freedom to also devote themselves to exploratory and unconventional research and practical projects (typically for six months). Previous fellows include advisors to former US President Obama and current French President Macron. 

Other recent prizes include the 2015 American Educational Research Association ‘Emerging Scholar’ award; the 2016 AERA Excellence in Research to practice award and the 2016 UCEA Jeffrey V. Bennett Outstanding International Research award.

 

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2019: Board Member: International Congress for School Improvement and Effectiveness:
  • 2019: Editorial Board Member: International Journal of Educational Policy and Leadership :
  • 2019: Fellow: Durham Research Methods Centre:
  • 2019: Fellow: Institute for Data Science:
  • 2019: Stiftung Mercator Foundation Senior Fellowship (personal award of €55,500): Each year, Stiftung Mercator Foundation identifies and invites just six people world-wide to apply for one of its fellowships. Potential Fellows are identified by a panel as ‘exceptionally talented and outstanding researchers and practitioners’ from areas seen as relevant to the themes and fields of activity of Stiftung Mercator. The purpose of the Mercator Fellowship programme is to offer selected fellows the space and freedom to also devote themselves to exploratory and unconventional research and practical projects (typically for six months). Previous fellows include advisors to former US President Obama and current French President Macron.
  • 2019: Visiting Professor, Fakultät für Bildungswissenschaften, University of Duisburg-Essen:
  • 2018: The British Educational Leadership, Management & Administration Society’s ‘Reflective Practice’ award (Commendation):

    This 'Reflective Practice' award is made to those who are able to demonstrate leadership of an innovation in an educational setting which has made a significant contribution to the development of an organisation

  • 2017: Emerald Publishing Literati award (‘Highly Commended’):

    The Literati award recognises a journal article that represents ‘one of the most impressive pieces of work the judges have seen throughout the past year’ and was awarded for a co-authored paper: ‘What causes discrepancies between teachers’ attitudes towards evidence use and actual instances of evidence use in schools?’ (Journal of Educational Administration).

  • 2016: American Educational Research Association’s ‘Excellence in Research to Practice’ award (Research Use SIG): The 'Excellence in Research to Practice’ award is presented for ‘exemplary performance in moving research into the field of practice’ and is based on scholarship that brings ‘substantive attention to the degree to which research is applied and sustained in decision-making, practice or school policy’
  • 2016: The University Council for Educational Administration ‘Jeffrey V. Bennett Outstanding International Research’ award: The 'Jeffrey V. Bennett award recognizes ‘outstanding international researchers contributing to a global understanding of the international study of school leadership’
  • 2015: American Educational Research Association ‘Emerging Scholar’ award (Education Change SIG): The Emerging Scholar award is presented to an individual who,‘within the first eight years of their academic career has demonstrated a strong record of original and significant scholarship related to educational change’.

Supervises

Research Interests

  • Area Based Reform
  • Educational change
  • Educational leadership
  • Evidence informed policy and practice
  • Reducing social disadvantage
  • School system improvement
  • Teacher Professional Development

Research Groups

Selected Publications

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