CERII is the home of education research at Anglia Ruskin University. We are committed to developing research on education, identities and inequalities which contributes to knowledge formation and makes a difference to people’s lives and society at large.
Our activities are consistently underpinned by a dual concern for inclusion and excellence, yet are also diverse in terms of epistemological, theoretical and empirical foci. The cluster brings together our expertise in a range of topics related to identities and inequalities in education, including: gender, sexuality and care in education; sustainability in education; early childhood; arts, education and inclusion; critical pedagogies in education; and race, ethnicity and migration in education.
The aims of CERII are to
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CERII provides a home to staff and research students whose research is anchored in the field of education, identities and inequalities. Our members are based in the School of Education and Social Care, as well as a range of other schools, faculties and institutions.
Our Advisory Board provides strategic guidance, translated by the Education Research Strategy Group in an action plan.
Our research activity concentrates in three domains in which we have significant expertise and a critical mass of researchers. These are: social justice in education, education for sustainability, and early childhood. These areas are closely aligned with the research priority areas identified in the ARU’s Research and Innovation Strategy 2018-2022.
Our research in this area encompasses a broad range of educational inequalities in schools, colleges and universities. Some of our recent research in this area looks at LGBT teachers negotiating heteronormative school cultures, gender issues in the teaching profession, and HE students and academics with caring responsibilities.
Our work in this area has attracted multiple awards and been funded by a broad range of funders including the European Commission, the DfE, the British Academy, Advance HE and the SRHE.
Social justice in education also represents a strong feature of our programme of research events. We run several events related to this theme every year, reflecting our deep commitment to engaging with practitioners, policymakers and the wider public.
Environmental and sustainability education is another thriving area of research activity, with strong research connections, for example, with the European Educational Research Association Environmental and Sustainability Education Research Network.
Current work includes an AHRC-funded large-scale study of the link between art, outdoor learning and children’s wellbeing. We are also lead partners in the establishment of an ongoing network of individuals interested in sustainability in primary education, working with a group of 20 stakeholders across Cambridgeshire and London to explore how we can make a more sustained impact on environmental and sustainability education across our region.
Staff working under this stream regularly share their research at events attended by the wider public, including as part of the Festival of Ideas and the National Creativity and Wellbeing week.
Within CERII, the longest standing group is the Early Childhood Research Group (ECRG, led by Paulette Luff). Group members have expertise in: the professional learning of early childhood practitioners; pedagogies and practice in early childhood education and care, (with a current focus upon home-based childcare and Montessori education); and the Rights of the Child. The group has strong local, national and international research connections. In particular, it maintains some close relationships with education providers across the east and south east of England.
The ECRG organises annual research visits with its Erasmus exchange partners, including recent trips to Bologna, Padua, Rome and Venice, Italy, and Sofia, Bulgaria. The group also welcomes other international early childhood specialists from various parts of the world as visiting scholars who contribute to our research and teaching activities. The ECRG runs an annual series of research seminars on the University’s Chelmsford site and runs summer writing groups for academic staff and postgraduate students.
CERII welcomes applications from prospective doctoral students who are interested in developing research on education, identities and inequalities through our PhD or EdD route.
Particular areas of expertise within CERII include: gender, sexuality and care in education; sustainability in education; early childhood pedagogies and practice; children’s rights; arts, education and inclusion; critical pedagogies in education; and race, ethnicity and migration in education. Contact email@example.com (EdD route) firstname.lastname@example.org (PhD route) for more information.
We offer a stimulating and inclusive programme of research activities. Our activities include: