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Special Interest Group

Educational Leadership

This SIG is concerned with how educational institutions in all sectors (compulsory and post-compulsory; state and private) and all contexts are governed and managed, and how the personnel within them are led.

We are interested in institutional working practices including the moral, social, cultural and political positioning adopted by them, together with the processes involved in developing these, ultimately for the benefit of learners. These interests extend beyond the UK; many of us are engaged in the research and scholarship of educational leadership and management in overseas contexts.

Questions such as how people work together, how they work with local communities, the influences upon them of both the internal and external environment and the impacts of these issues on learners are all important aspects of the remit of this SIG.

Some of our members undertake empirical research; others develop theory and theoretical perspectives; and some are involved in practitioner research.

Our membership includes the whole spectrum of academic experience and status: from early career researchers to distinguished professors.

We also welcome practitioners – both leaders and the led – and those whose work involves policy making and implementation, including local authority administrative personnel.


This SIG aims to provide an academic arena within which expertise, research findings, and theory development are shared and new ideas are explored.

We encourage members to contribute publications and help identify new models and new conceptual tools which enable practitioners to take theory into practice in a range of different contexts.

We also welcome inquiries from practitioners and educational organisations and institutions interested in developing partnerships, or who simply want to share good practice or seek research-informed advice or consultancy.

Many of our interests and areas of expertise overlap with those that fall within the sphere of other BERA SIGs. We collaborate with other key organisations such as BELMAS, SCRELM, IPDA, EFEA, SRHE and CCEAM.

We network with a large number of relevant institutions worldwide, including the University of Stellenbosch, the University of South Africa, the Institut Français d’Education, the Open University of Cyprus, and Monash University.

Our members publish their work in leading international journals, where many have editorial responsibilities.

Activities / Events

The SIG holds one business meeting each year at the BERA conference plus a variety of events throughout the year such as seminars, day conferences, research conversations, and opportunities to pool ideas, collaborate on research or publications. The SIG is inclusive of all, not simply orientated around academics.

SIG Convenors

Azumah Dennis, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education Leadership and Management at The Open University

Carol Azumah Dennis has worked in Higher Education since 2010, first at the University of Hull where she was employed initially as a Lecturer in Education: Programme Director for Post-16 Teacher Education and later as Programme Director for...

Lindsay Johnstone

Lindsay has worked in secondary schools for 19 years, 10 years as a middle leader and 7 years as a senior leader. She is now working in a higher education institution supporting higher apprentices in achieving their leadership and management...

Content associated with this SIG

Is Leadership Enough?

Online registration for this event has now closed, please email  to register. #BERA_CCEAM2020 20-20 often refers to perfect vision; but the year 2020 has been far from...

Past event3 Dec 2020

In Conversations with…Professor Paul Miller

In this episode of the BERA Podcast BERA Chief Executive Nick Johnson interviews Professor Paul Miller, the President of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management...

Podcast13 Oct 2020

Educational Leadership – SIG Convenor vacancy

Call for SIG Convenor This SIG is concerned with how educational institutions in all sectors (compulsory and post-compulsory; state and private) and all contexts are governed and managed, and how...


Summer 2020

Research Intelligence Issue 143 is on the theme of 'Widening participation in practice'.

Research Intelligence9 Jun 2020

Event bursaries 2020

The BERA Early Career Researcher Network offers a limited amount of bursaries to the value of £75 towards travel for BERA Student Members only to most of our events. This has now been extended to...