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Louis Major


Senior Research Associate

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  • PhD (Computer Science, Keele University), MSc (IT, Keele University), BA (Hons) (Law & History, Keele University)

Membership of Professional Bodies & Associations

  • Association for Learning Technology (ALT), Associate
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA), Member
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow


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Louis is a Senior Research Associate interested in digital technology’s role in the future of education. His research investigates how technology can enable new models of education, address educational disadvantage, and support learners to develop ‘future skills’ such as dialogue and creativity.

His work in the Faculty includes as:

  • Principal Investigator of the Gaming to Development project (G2D: 2020-21). Stimulated by the narrowing difference between the ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ world, particularly in the wake of COVID-19, G2D investigates how real-time 3D tools can support young people to develop important future skills.
  • Co-Investigator of the Virtual Internships Project (VIP: 2019-21). Working with industry partners and teachers, VIP investigates how technology can enable young people from areas of low social mobility to engage meaningfully with the world of work (in addition to supporting the development of skills such as effective teamwork, problem-solving and creativity).
  • Part of the EdTech Hub’s research team, investigating how culturally appropriate uses of technology can lead to better learning outcomes for children in low-income countries.
  • Co-lead of the Digital Technology and Dialogue research strand of the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research (CEDiR) Group, a role that also involves co-ordination of CEDiR's other activities.

Louis is also Principal Researcher for the Digital Education Futures Initiative (DEFI) at Hughes Hall. He directs DEFI's 'Innovation Lab' which is carrying out various exercises in evidence-mapping and horizon-scanning to analyse emerging trends and explore new models of education.

Previously, Louis was named researcher on the Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum project (2016-2020). Examples of his other research includes investigating the role of Tablets in schools and the use of digital video to support teacher professional development. Louis’ PhD (2009-13) involved evaluating the effectiveness of digital tools to support the learning of computer programming.

Before joining the Faculty in 2013 as a Research Associate, Louis was a Research Assistant for the Lifelong Learning Network (based at Staffordshire University) and Sessional Lecturer and Teaching Assistant at Keele University.

Academic Area/Links

  • Digital technology in education
  • Digital education futures
  • Dialogue and other 'complex competencies' or 'future skills'
  • International education
  • Systematic reviews, methods for research synthesis & design-based research
  • Teacher leadership & professional development
  • Computer science education

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Course Involvement

  • Undergraduate Tripos: Education, Psychology and Learning; Research & Investigation 
  • PGCE: Researching Pupil Perspectives
  • MEd/MPhil: Researching Practice; Research Methods Sessions (RMS); Education, Globalization and International Development
  • Practitioner Professional Development: Dialogue in Education; Teaching Advanced Mathematics

Louis is currently co-supervisor to three doctoral students in the Faculty and advisor to several others.


See Google Scholar, and ResearchGate.