Richard Edwards is a Professor of Education and Director of Research. He was previously Head of the School of Education between 2006 - 2013. He has researched and written extensively on many aspects of lifelong learning and educational theory and practice. He has been an investigator in a number of ESRC funded projects and seminar series, including Literacies for Learning in Further Education, Curriculum making in School and College, Ensemble and Code Acts in Eudcation; Learning through Code, Learning to Code. He is currently researching on the role of amateurs and informal learning in citizen science. His work is heavily influenced by post-structuralism and actor-network theory.
G. Biesta, J. Allan and R. Edwards (2014) (eds) Making a Difference in Theory, London: Routledge.
T. Fenwick, R. Edwards and P. Sawchuk (2011) Emerging Approaches to Educational Research: Tracing the Sociomaterial, London: Routledge.
Fenwick, T., & Edwards, R. (2010).Actor-network Theory in Education. London: Routledge
R. Edwards, G. Biesta and M. Thorpe (2009) (eds) Rethinking Contexts for Learning and Teaching, London: Routledge.
R. Ivanic, R. Edwards, et al. (2009) Improving Learning in College: Rethinking Literacies Across the Curriculum, London: Routledge.
Richard Edwards and Robin Usher (2008). Globalisation and Pedagogy: Space, Place and Identity. Routledge.
Robin Usher and Richard Edwards (2007) Lifelong Learning – Signs, discourses, Practices, Springer.
Richard Edwards, Jim Gallacher and Susan Whittaker (2008) (Eds) Learning Outside the Academy, Routledge.
Richard Edwards, Katherine Nicoll, Nicky Solomon and Robin Usher (2004). Rhetoric and Educational Discourse: Persuasive Texts? Routledge.
Richard Edwards and Robin Usher (eds) (2004). Spatiality, Curriculum and Learning. Information Age Press.
Richard Edwards, Nod Miller, Nick Small and Alan Tait (eds) (2002). Supporting Lifelong Learning, Vol. III: Making Policy Work. Routledge.
Fiona Reeve, Richard Edwards and Marion Cartwright (eds) (2001). Supporting Lifelong Learning, Vol. II: Organising Learning. Routledge.
Carrie Paechter, Richard Edwards, Roger Harrison and Peter Twining (eds) (2001). Learning, Space and Identity. Paul Chapman.
Richard Edwards (1997). Changing Places? Flexibility, Lifelong Learning and a Learning Society. Routledge.
Robin Usher and Richard Edwards (1994). Postmodernism and Education. London: Routledge.
Richard Edwards researches and writes in the areas of lifelong learning, policy studies, further and adult education. He is particularly interested in exploring these areas drawing upon post-structuralist and socio-material perspectives.
Doctoral Supervisory Interests
This member of staff is interested in supervising doctoral students in the following subject areas:
Citizen science and informal learning
Educational theory, in particular poststructuralist, postmodernist and socio-material approaches to education issues