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Pauline Rose


Professor, International Education
Director, Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre

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  • PhD Development Studies (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex)
  • MSc Development Economics (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Yidan Prize Advisory Group (2022-present)
  • UNESCO Institute for International Education Planning Board (2022-present)
  • Cambridge Partnership for Education External Advisory Group (2021-present)
  • Young Lives External Advisory Group (2021-present)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Department for International Development (2015-2018)
  • Co-Director, ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative (with Institute of Development Studies, Sussex) (2015-2021)
  • Member, Steering Committee for DFID’s Girls’ Education Challenge Fund (2012-2019)
  • Member, Executive Committee, UKFIET Education and Development Forum (2014-2017)
  • 2017 President of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE)

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Pauline Rose joined Cambridge University in February 2014 as Professor of International Education, where she is Director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre in the Faculty of Education. She is also Senior Research Fellow at the UK Department for International Development. Prior to joining Cambridge, Pauline was Director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report (from August 2011) during which time she directed two reports on youth, skills and work, and on teaching and learning. Before becoming Director, she worked as Senior Policy Analyst with the team for three years, leading the research for three reports on the themes of governance, marginalization and conflict. Before joining the EFA Global Monitoring Report, Pauline was Reader in international education and development at the University of Sussex.

Pauline is author of numerous publications on issues that examine educational policy and practice, including in relation to inequality, financing and governance, democratization, and the role of international aid. She has worked on large collaborative research programmes with teams in subā€Saharan Africa and South Asia examining these issues. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with international aid donors and non-governmental organisations, providing evidence-based policy advice on a wide range of issues aimed at fulfilling commitments to education for all. She is also experienced in communicating research to broadcast and print media.

Academic Area/Links

  • Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre

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Research Topics

  • Educational inequality: gender and poverty
  • Financing and governance of education
  • Role of the state and non-state providers in education
  • International and national policies and practices for reaching the marginalised
  • Country experience - sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda; South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan.

Current Funded Research Projects

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MPhil in Education, Globalisation and International Development

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Principal and Recent Publications

Alcott, B. and Rose, P. (2016) 'Does private schooling narrow wealth inequalities in learning outcomes? Evidence from East Africa.' Oxford Review of Education. Volume 42 Issue 5: 495-510

Ilie, S. and Rose, P. (2016) 'Is equal access to higher education in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa achievable by 2030?' Higher Education. 72: 435. doi:10.1007/s10734-016-0039-3

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.

Rose, P. (2015) 'Is a global system of international large-scale assessments necessary for tracking progress of a post-2015 learning target?' Compare Vol 45 Issue 3: 486-490

Rose, P. (2015) ‘Three lessons for educational quality in post-2015 goals: Clarity, measurability and equity’ International Journal of Educational Development. Vol 40 (January): 289-246

UNESCO (2014) Education for All Global Monitoring Report: Teaching and Learning: Quality for All. Paris: UNESCO [Report director]

UNESCO (2012) Education for All Global Monitoring Report: Youth and Skills: Putting Education to Work Paris: UNESCO [Report director]

Evans, G. and Rose, P. (2011) ‘Education and support for democracy in Africa: Testing mechanisms of influence’, Journal of Development Studies. Vol 48 No 4: 498-515

Rose, P. (2011) ‘Strategies for engagement: Government and non-government education providers in South Asia’ Public Administration and Development Vol 31, No 4: 294–305

Rose, P. (2009) ‘Scaling up aid to education. Is absorptive capacity a constraint?’ Prospects Vol 39 No 2: 109-122

Rose, P. (2009) ‘NGO provision of basic education: alternative or complementary service delivery to support access to the excluded?’ Compare Vol 39 No 2: 219-233

Rose, P. (2005) ‘Decentralisation and privatisation in Malawi – Default or design?’ Compare Vol 35 No 2: 153-165

Rose, P. (2005) ‘Is there a fast track to achieving the Millennium Development Goal in education?’ International Journal of Educational Development Vol 25 No 4: 381-394.

Kadzamira, E. and Rose, P. (2003) ‘Can free primary education meet the needs of the poor? Evidence from Malawi’ International Journal of Educational Development Vol 23: 501-516

Colclough, C., Al-Samarrai, S, Rose, P. and Tembon, M. (2003) Achieving Schooling for All in Africa: Costs, Commitment and Gender. Ashbourne: Ashgate Press

For other publications see google scholar profile .

Recent blogs

Achieving equitable quality education post-2015: Indicators to measure progress towards learning and equity Education and Development Forum (UKFIET), 27 November 2014

Achieving universal lower secondary education by 2030 – tracking progress of the marginalised Overseas Development Institute blog, 3 July 2014

What the Annual Status of Education Report tells us about learning inequalities in Pakistan Right to Education Pakistan blog, 12 June 2014

New Proposals on Post-2015 Education Goals: How Do They Compare? Global Partnership for Education blog, 10 June 2014

Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for All – What the EFA Global Monitoring Report has to Offer NORRAG blog, 6 June 2014

Why we need post-2015 financing targets for education Global Partnership for Education blog, 21 May 2014

Post-Muscat: On track for equity, finance and measurability in the post-2015 education goals? World Education Blog, 16 May 2014