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David Bridges


Professorial Fellow and Director of Research (Mongolia and Kazakhstan) until 31 December 2015


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David Bridges taught for 22 years at Homerton College, where he became Deputy Principal, until he was elected to a Chair at the University of East Anglia in 1990. There he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education and subsequently Pro Vice Chancellor, (1996- 2000). He then took up a position as Executive Director of the newly established Association of Universities in the East of England with a base in the East of England Regional Development Agency, a role that he held until 2006.

He was invited to take on the Chair of the Von Hugel Institute, a College based Multi Disciplinary Research Institute at St Edmunds College, in 2003 (and until 2008) and was elected to a Fellowship of the College. Here he established the Centre for Educational Research and Development which he directed until 2009.

For more than 25 years Professor Bridges combined regional and national commitments with an extensive programme of international work. This included work in  Ethiopia (for the last 25 years), Belize, Guyana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Lithuania, Vietnam, Iran, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Latterly his work focussed on educational development in Kazakhstan and Mongolia in a major collaboration with Cambridge International Assessment.

He also maintained an extensive programme of empirically based research and writing in philosophy of education.