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Ben Alcott


University Lecturer

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+ 44 (0) 1223 767 651


  • PhD Education, University of Michigan
  • MSc Social Policy & Research Methods, London School of Economics
  • BA History, University of London (SOAS)

Curriculum Vitae

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Ben is a University Lecturer within the Faculty's Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, where he works on education policies in developing countries. His current research focuses on access to schooling, the quality of state and non-state educational provision, and inequalities in learning outcomes. Prior to Cambridge, Ben taught and mentored in secondary schools in London, provided programme-evaluation consultancy, and worked as a research assistant at the University of Michigan, USA.

Academic Area/Links

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • British Association for International and Comparative Education
  • Comparative and International Education Society

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Research Interests

  • Education policy
  • Education and international development
  • Inequalities in learning
  • Quantitative methods
  • Programme evaluation
  • Mixed methods research design

Current Research Projects

  • Early childhood education in Ethiopia
  • Early childhood education in rural India
  • Teacher-community accountability in rural India
  • Needs-based bursaries, learning, and wellbeing for adolescent girls in rural Tanzania
  • The role of equity in governments' education policy commitments

Prospective PhD Applications

Students with related research interests should contact Ben directly.



  • International development and education policy


  • International development and education policy
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Critical reading and writing


  • Thesis supervisor/advisor
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Critical reading and writing

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Principal and Recent Publications

Alcott, B. (2017). The influence of teacher encouragement on educational persistence: evidence from England. Research in Higher Education. DOI 10.1007/s11162-017-9446-2. Link

Ro, H., Lattuca, L. & Alcott, B. (2017). The impact of college experiences and engineering skills on enrollment in engineering graduate programs. Journal of Engineering Education. DOI 10.1002/jee.20154 Link to published version (gated) Link to pre-proofed version (open access)

Alcott, B., & Rose, P. (2016). Does private schooling narrow wealth inequalities in learning outcomes? Evidence from East Africa. Oxford Review of Education. DOI 10.1080/03054985.2016.1215611. Link to published version (gated) Link to pre-proofed version (open access)

Alcott, B., Rose, P., & Sabates, S. (2016). Targeted, Multidimensional Approaches to Overcome Inequalities in Secondary Education: Case Study of Camfed in Tanzania. Background paper for The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity. Link

Rose, P., Sabates, R. Alcott, B., & Ilie, S. (2016). Overcoming inequalities within countries to achieve global convergence in learning. Background paper for The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity. Link

Alcott, B., & Rose, P. (2015). Schools and learning in rural India and Pakistan: Who goes where, and how much are they learning? Prospects. DOI 10.1007/s11125-015-9350-5. Link(gated)  

Carter, D., Ro, H., Alcott, B., & Lattuca, L. (2015). Co-Curricular Connections: The Role of Undergraduate Research Experiences in Promoting Engineering Students’ Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership Skills. Research in Higher Education. DOI 10.1007/s11162-015-9386-7. Link(gated)

Rose, P., & Alcott, B. (2015). How can education systems become equitable by 2030? DFID think pieces – Learning and equity. Report prepared for UK Department for International Development. Oxford, UK: Health & Education Advice and Resource Team. Link

Alcott, B. (2013). Predicting departure from British education: Identifying those most at risk through discrete time hazard modelling. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. DOI 10.5456/WPLL.15.4.46 Link(gated)