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
- Lifelong learning - policy and pedagogy
- Further education - curriculum and pedagogy
- Globalisation and education
- Digital education and culture