Professor Gillean McCluskey is REF 2021 co-ordinator at Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh. Her research, teaching and writing has focused on two related fields of endeavour: a) restorative practices in education, and b) exclusion from school. Restorative practices (RP) examines relationships and conflict in school and represents a rapidly developing field of international interest. Her own involvement in this area arises out of a professional and academic interest in, and concern about, the experiences of children and young people who experience exclusion. Underpinning these interests is a concern more broadly about inequalities in education. Her work aims to contribute to understanding of the impact of inequalities in education by advancing, first, our understanding of exclusion from school and, second, the role that RP may have to play in this. She is currently working with colleagues across the UK on research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to examine the political economies of school exclusion.