Keith M Lewin
Emeritus Professor of International Development and Education
University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Fellow of the U.K. Academy of Social Sciences, Chartered Physicist IOP
Chair, Board of Trustees: UK Forum for International Education and Training 2017-20
Past President, British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)
email: k.m.lewin@sussex.ac.uk

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Welcome to the website of Keith Lewin who has been at Sussex University since 1972 where he  developed and directed the Centre for International Education for 17 years. Keith was the founding convenor of the Sussex International Masters in Education and Development in 1979. He has supervised more than 50 PhD students and is the author of more than 200 journal articles, research monographs, reports and books.

Keith holds a first class degree in Physics and a Masters in Science Policy and Development from Manchester University, and a PhD from Sussex University. He was the first graduate scholarship holder of the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex. He is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and a Chartered Physicist. He chaired the Trustees of the UK Forum for International Education and Training (UKFIET) from 2017-2020. He is a former President and Honorary Fellow of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE). He was awarded a prize for the best journal article on Africa in 2013 by the Comparative and International Education Society of North America.

Keith has worked extensively on education and development since the early 1970s on assignments for the World Bank, DFID, Australian Aid, UNICEF, UNESCO, GIZ, SIDA and the African Development Bank and other major bilateral and multilateral aid agencies. He has been a senior technical advisor to Ministries of Education across Africa and South and South East Asia. He is an honorary Professor in Beijing and Hangzhou in China since the early 1990s and was a senior research advisor to the RMSA/TCA of the Ministry of Human Resource Development in India. Recently he advised the African Development Bank on educational financing.

Keith conceived and led  the well known DFID funded Research Consortium for Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE). This multi-country research programme was designed collaboratively to undertake research on educational access, participation and outcomes in low income countries. It has developed systems analysis tools that provide new perspectives on transitions in the reach and impact of education systems and the political economies that determine whether innovations are pedagogically, sociall and economically sustainable. CREATE maintains an extensive website capturing its research findings and linking tofree downloads on education and development. Most recently PISA for development noted that:

“CREATE has been one of the best research investments in education made by DFID and has contributed greatly to the work of national governments and other development agencies over the past decade. Michael Ward, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills 

His work with multi-lateral institutions has included co-chairing the Educational Financing Round Table at the Jomtien World Conference on Education for All (1990), co-convening the Financing Secondary Education panel at the Dakar World Education Forum (2020), and acting as chief technical advisor to the Commonwealth Ministers sub-committee on the Sustainable Development Goals for Education leading up to the Incheon World Education Conference (2015). He has been a frequent contributor to the activities of the International Institute of Educational Planning in Paris and has written two volumes (1987, 2015) for their Fundamentals of Educational Planning flagship series.

Keith’s main research interests include: educational financing, educational planning, fiscal reform for education, aid to education, programme evaluation, science education,  assessment and secondary teacher education. He has recently been working on sustainable educational development and external financing in Africa and South Asia; system change theory;  educational indicators and targets; expanded access to secondary education in India; basic education in China; and aid to education for states in transition from low to middle income status.

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World Bank Seminar
Beyond business as usual for aid to education:
Who pays for what?
Keith M Lewin
Education GP and 1818 Society
Online | Thursday February 4, 2021 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM| Washington, DC Time
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Full Paper World Bank Seminar Beyond Business as Usual Aid and Financing in SSA Keith Lewin x

Action Aid CIES Webinar

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Sustainable Financing of Education – FreshEd Podcast November 2018

Recent Blogs

Blog: Is the Education Outcomes Fund a Game Changer?

NEW: Learning Matters and the World Development Report 2018
Blog for UKFIET and Education International
KeithLewin Blog WDR 2018 April 8th 2018


Blog: GEMR and Better Aid   Better Aid.

Blog Sustainable Development  Sustainable Development

Download: Paper for Global Partnership for Education
The Educational Challenges of Transition – Global Partnership for Education KL 2017

Keith Lewin discusses Private Schools for the Poor and their Limits to Growth
Keith Lewin https://vimeo.com/53410853

Recent Books and Articles

Two Decades of Basic Education in China
Springer 2017

Educational Access, Equity, and Development: Planning to Make Rights Realties.
International Institute for Educational Planning 2015

Educational Development in India under RMSA 2017
Synthesis Equity in Access and Learning in India

To read publications (books, journal articles, monographs, papers, etc) go to the the download tab above. Please click here for a selection of archived research publications

For a more complete biography, please see the wikipedia entry  for Keith Lewin and my University of Sussex profile

email: k.m.lewin@sussex.ac.uk