Peter Kelly

Academic profile

Dr Peter Kelly

Associate Professor in Comparative Education
Plymouth Institute of Education - School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Peter's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 08: SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic GrowthGoal 10: SDG 10 - Reduced InequalitiesGoal 17: SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

About Peter

EdD Module Lead (Education Policy)
PhD and EdD Director of Studies
MA (Education) Module Lead (Practice Related Inquiry)

Supervised Research Degrees

Magne, Polly (Director of Studies, EdD, awarded November 2019) A case study of ‘Internationalisation at Home’ leading to a proposal for Critical Global Pedagogies.

Gosling, Paul (Director of Studies, EdD, awarded October 2019) How do children’s personal narratives influence their choices at school?

Norman, Paul (Director of Studies, EdD, awarded October 2019) Headteacher experiences and perceptions of standards-led reform in English secondary schools.

Alzahraini, Bandar (Director of Studies, PhD, awarded October 2019) The use of student response systems in Higher Education in Saudi Arabia.

Grundy, Christopher (Director of Studies, EdD, awarded September 2019) ‘It is possible to reinvent yourself!’ An analysis of the learning lives and lived experience of adult literacy students in a Further Education context.

Hodson, Paul (Director of Studies, EdD, awarded January 2018) From the secret garden to the panopticon? Changing freedoms and the growing crisis in primary school headteacher recruitment.

Rawson, Martyn (Director of Studies, EdD, awarded September 2017) Learning to become a subject: A hermeneutic phenomenological study of students in a Waldorf(Steiner) school in Germany.

LeGassick, Peter (Supervisor, EdD, awarded March 2016) The employment of ex-military as teachers: The military, masculinity and moral regulation.

Krantz, Göran (Director of Studies, PhD, awarded December 2014) Education in dance as self-education: A hermeneutic phenomenological study using arts-based research methods exploring student’s experience of dance in Sweden and why they find dance of importance for themselves and in their life.

Rae, Tony (Director of Studies, PhD, awarded July 2011) Wild Country Hall: Children’s learning at a residential outdoor education centre.


Comparative and international education
Education policy and leadership Politics and history of education
Social policy, social theory & approaches to social research
I lead on Education Policy for the Education Doctorate and am Director of Studies for both EdD and PhD students .  I teach on the MA (Education) Programme which provides practice focused masters-level study in all areas of education.

Contact Peter

Room 505 A, Rolle Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA