Professor Megan Crawford

Professor Megan Crawford

Director of Plymouth Institute of Education

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Director of Institute and Professor


B.Ed (Hons) Exeter

M.A. (Open)

Phd (IOE, University of London)

Professional membership

British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS



Roles on external bodies

Editorial Board Educational Leadership, Management and Administration, Sage

Research interests

Emotion and Leadership

Professional Learning across sectors
Leadership Development
Headteacher Life Stories

Key publications are highlighted

James C, Crawford M & Oplatka I 2018 'An affective paradigm for educational leadership theory and practice: connecting affect, actions, power and influence' International Journal of Leadership in Education 1-12 , DOI
Crawford MP 2018 'Emerging School Landscapes in England: How primary system leaders are responding to new school groupings' Educational Management Administration and Leadership , DOI PEARL
Crawford M, Eddy-spicer D, bubb S & Earley P 2017 'Headteacher performance management in England: Balancing internal and external accountability through performance leadership' Educational Management Administration and Leadership , DOI PEARL
Crawford MP 2016 'How can both scholars and school leaders engage with educational leadership from a relational perspective?'' Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations PEARL
Earley P, Bubb S, Eddy-Spicer D, Crawford M & James C 2016 'Governing bodies, headteacher performance and pay: the role of external advisers' Educational Review 68, (3) 257-273 , DOI PEARL
Simkins T, Coldron J, Crawford M & Jones S 2014 'Emerging local schooling landscapes: the role of the local authority' School Leadership & Management 35, (1) 1-16 , DOI
Coldron J, Crawford M, Jones S & Simkins T 2014 'The positions of primary and secondary schools in the English school field: a case of durable inequality' Journal of Education Policy 30, (5) 671-687 , DOI PEARL
Coldron J, Crawford M, Jones S & Simkins T 2014 'The restructuring of schooling in England' Educational Management Administration & Leadership 42, (3) 387-403 , DOI
Bush T & Crawford M 2012 'Mapping the Field over 40 Years' Educational Management Administration & Leadership 40, (5) 537-543 , DOI
Crawford M 2012 'Solo and Distributed Leadership' Educational Management Administration & Leadership 40, (5) 610-620 , DOI
Crawford M 2012 'Novice head teachers in Scotland: competing expectations' School Leadership & Management 32, (3) 279-290 , DOI
Crawford M & Cowie M 2011 'Bridging Theory and Practice in Headship Preparation' Educational Management Administration & Leadership 40, (2) 175-187 , DOI
Crawford M & Earley P 2011 'Personalised leadership development? Lessons from the pilot NPQH in England' Educational Review 63, (1) 105-118 , DOI
Crawford M 2010 'The BELMAS page' Management in Education 24, (1) 3-3 , DOI
Cowie M & Crawford M 2009 'Headteacher preparation programmes in England and Scotland: do they make a difference for the first-year head?' School Leadership & Management 29, (1) 5-21 , DOI
Cowie M & Crawford M 2008 '“Being” a new principal in Scotland' Journal of Educational Administration 46, (6) 676-689 , DOI
Crawford M 2008 'BELMAS News Page: BELMAS Annual Conference 2008' Management in Education 22, (3) 11-12 , DOI
Crawford M 2007 'Emotional Coherence in Primary School Headship' Educational Management Administration & Leadership 35, (4) 521-534 , DOI
Crawford M 2007 '`Let's start at the very beginning': setting up a new secondary school' Management in Education 21, (3) 14-16 , DOI
Cowie M & Crawford M 2007 'Principal preparation – still an act of faith?' School Leadership & Management 27, (2) 129-146 , DOI
Crawford M 2007 'Rationality and emotion in primary school leadership: an exploration of key themes' Educational Review 59, (1) 87-98 , DOI
Crawford * M & Earley P 2004 'Headteacher performance management: an investigation of the role of the external adviser' School Leadership & Management 24, (4) 377-389 , DOI
Crawford M 2002 'The Charismatic School Leader--Potent Myth or Persuasive Effect?' School Leadership & Management 22, (3) 273-287 , DOI
2000 'Being in special measures — some reflections on the affective side of leadership' Management in Education 14, (5) 21-24 , DOI
Crawford M 2000 'LPSH - A response to Trevor Male's comments' Management in Education 14, (4) 6-7 , DOI
Bennett, Megan Crawford & Rosalind L N 2000 'The Reality of School Development Planning in the Effective Primary School: technicist or guiding plan?' School Leadership & Management 20, (3) 333-351 , DOI
Glover D, Bennett N, Crawford M & Levacic R 1997 'Strategic and Resource Management in Primary Schools: Evidence from OfSTED inspection reports' School Leadership & Management 17, (3) 357-374 , DOI
Crawford M 1995 'Service with a Smile: The Primary School Secretary' Management in Education 9, (4) 21-23 , DOI
Crawford MP 0 'Personal Engagement, emotion and the educational workplace' Journal of Professional Capital and Community PEARL
Crawford M 2014 Developing as an Educational Leader and Manager. SAGE
Brundrett M & Crawford M 2012 Introduction: Educational leadership development in a global environment. , DOI
Crawford M 2009 Getting to the heart of leadership: Emotion and educational leadership. , DOI
Crawford MP & Watson S 2015 'Connecting Leadership, Professional Development and Affect' London Sense Publishers
Crawford MP & James C 2014 'The Case for an Affective Paradigm in Research'
James C & Crawford M 2014 'Researching with feeling: The case for an affective paradigm in social and organisational research' Researching with Feeling: The Emotional Aspects of Social and Organizational Research 147-163
Crawford M 2013 'Enhancing school leadership: Evaluating the use of virtual learning communities' Educational Management: Major Themes in Education 239-255 , DOI
Crawford M 2011 'Why the study of emotion matters in school leadership' Leadership and Learning 202-212 , DOI
Crawford M 2009 'The leader and the team: Emotional context in educational leadership' Emotional Dimensions of Educational Administration and Leadership 186-197 , DOI
Crawford M 2003 'Challenging circumstances: The role of distributed and intensified leadership' Rethinking Educational Leadership: Challenging the Conventions 77-88 , DOI