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Padmini Iyer


Research Associate

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+ 44 (0)1223 767743


  • PhD International Education, University of Sussex
  • MA International Education and Development, University of Sussex
  • BA Hons English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

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

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Padmini is a Research Associate within the Faculty’s Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, where she works on the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Ethiopia project. Her current research focuses on understanding how students’ learning outcomes may be affected by large-scale education reforms. Prior to joining the REAL Centre, Padmini worked on secondary school effectiveness research in Vietnam with Young Lives at the University of Oxford.

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Research Topics

  • Education access and equity
  • Learning metrics
  • 21st century skills
  • Gender and adolescence
  • Sexual and reproductive health

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Principal and Recent Publications

Iyer, P. & Moore, R. (2017) Measuring learning quality in Ethiopia, India and Vietnam: from primary to secondary school effectiveness. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, DOI:
Iyer, P. (2017) From rakhi to romance: negotiating ‘acceptable’ relationships in co-educational secondary schools in New Delhi, India. Culture, Health and Sexuality, DOI:
Iyer, P. (2017) “Due to all this fear, we’re getting less freedom”: Young people’s understandings of gender and sexual violence in New Delhi, India. Gender and Education, DOI:
Azubuike, O. B., Moore, R. & Iyer, P. (2017) The design and development of cross-country Maths and English tests in Ethiopia, India and Vietnam. Technical Note 39. Oxford: Young Lives.
Iyer, P. (2016) The design of the 2016-17 Young Lives School Survey in Vietnam. Technical Note 38. Oxford: Young Lives.
Iyer, P. & Aggleton, P. (2015) Seventy years of sex education in Health Education Journal: a critical review. Health Education Journal  74 (1): 3 – 15 [open access version].
Iyer, P, Aggleton, P. & Clarke, D. (2014) Teaching about HIV in schools – the missing link?, in UNESCO (2014) Charting the Course of Education and HIV. Paris: UNESCO, 63 – 68 [open access version].
Iyer, P. & Aggleton, P.  (2014) “Virginity is a Virtue: Prevent Early Sex” – Sex education at a Ugandan secondary school. British Journal of Sociology of Education  35 (2): 432 – 448 [open access version].
Iyer, P., Clarke, D. & Aggleton, P. (2014) Barriers to HIV and sexuality education in Asia. Health Education 114 (2): 118 – 132 [open access version].