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Professor Pauline Rose

Professor Pauline Rose

Professor, International Education

Director, Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre

Senior Research Fellow, Department for International Development

Office Phone: + 44 (0) 1223 767511


Pauline Rose joined Cambridge University in February 2014 as Professor of International Education. Prior to this position, she was Director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report (from August 2011) during which time she directed two reports on youth, skills and work, and on teaching and learning. Before becoming Director, she worked as Senior Policy Analyst with the team for three years, leading the research for three reports on the themes of governance, marginalization and conflict. Before joining the EFA Global Monitoring Report, Pauline was Reader in international education and development at the University of Sussex.

Pauline is author of numerous publications on issues that examine educational policy and practice, including in relation to inequality, financing and governance, democratization, and the role of international aid. She has worked on large collaborative research programmes with teams in sub‐Saharan Africa and South Asia examining these issues. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with international aid donors and non-governmental organisations, providing evidence-based policy advice on a wide range of issues aimed at fulfilling commitments to education for all. She is also experienced in communicating research to broadcast and print media.

Research Interests

Educational policy and practice, including in relation to inequality in educational access and learning, quality teachers and teaching, financing and governance, democratization, and the role of international aid. Research in countries in subSaharan Africa and South Asia examining these issues.

Other Professional Activities

International development


  • Policy

Key Publications

Rose, P. (2015) ‘Three lessons for educational quality in post-2015 goals: Clarity, measurability and equity’ International Journal of Educational Development. Vol 40 (January): 289-246

UNESCO (2014) Education for All Global Monitoring Report: Teaching and Learning: Quality for All. Paris: UNESCO [Report director]

UNESCO (2012) Education for All Global Monitoring Report: Youth and Skills: Putting Education to Work Paris: UNESCO [Report director]

Evans, G. and Rose, P. (2011) ‘Education and support for democracy in Africa: Testing mechanisms of influence’, Journal of Development Studies. Vol 48 No 4: 498-515

Rose, P. (2011) ‘Strategies for engagement: Government and non-government education providers in South Asia’ Public Administration and Development Vol 31, No 4: 294–305

Rose, P. (2009) ‘Scaling up aid to education. Is absorptive capacity a constraint?’ Prospects Vol 39 No 2: 109-122

Rose, P. (2009) ‘NGO provision of basic education: alternative or complementary service delivery to support access to the excluded?’ Compare Vol 39 No 2: 219-233

Rose, P. (2005) ‘Decentralisation and privatisation in Malawi – Default or design?’ Compare Vol 35 No 2: 153-165

Rose, P. (2005) ‘Is there a fast track to achieving the Millennium Development Goal in education?’ International Journal of Educational Development Vol 25 No 4: 381-394.

Kadzamira, E. and Rose, P. (2003) ‘Can free primary education meet the needs of the poor? Evidence from Malawi’International Journal of Educational Development Vol 23: 501-516

Colclough, C., Al-Samarrai, S, Rose, P. and Tembon, M. (2003) Achieving Schooling for All in Africa: Costs, Commitment and Gender. Ashbourne: Ashgate Press

Other Publications

For other publications see google scholar profile .