Photograph of Dr Richard Davies.Dr Richard Davies

Lecturer in Education
BSc. (Hons) PhysicsBSc. (Hons) Physics1983-86, University of Manchester
Postgraduate Certificate in Education1989-90, Jesus College, Oxford
MA Values in Education (Philosophical Perspectives,1994-96 University of London
DPhil (Philosophy of Education/Curriculum Development),1996-2003 Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Leadership (with distinction), 2007 University of Leicester
2002 Basic Expedition Leaders’ Award


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Masters in Educational Practice

Teaching Areas

Masters in Educational Practice


 I am primarily concerned with philosophical and theological aspects of educational policy and practice, especially in informal and community contexts


Having begun as a physicist, I transferred my affections to philosophy, and philosophy of education in particular. I hold a doctorate in philosophy of education (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford:2002), an MA in philosophy of education (Institute of Education, University of London:1996) and an honours degree in physics (University of Manchester:1986). I also hold a PGCE in Physics and Science (Jesus College, Oxford:1990) and a Postgraduate Certificate in academic leadership (University of Leicester:2007).

I am an Executive Officer of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and the Convenor of the Philosophy of Education Special Interest Group at the British Educational Research Association.

I was, for many years, a youth worker in the evangelical wing of the Church of England.

I am online as @richard_taff

Staff Publications

Recent Publications:

‘After School: the disruptive work of informal education’ in Mills, S. and Kraftl, P. (eds) Informal Education, Childhood and Youth: Geographies, Histories, Practices Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (due 2014)

‘Youth Work, ‘Protest’ and a common language: towards a framework for reasoned debate’, Youth and Policy (2013)

‘After Higgins and Dunne: Imagining school teaching as a multi-practice activity, Journal of Philosophy of Education (2013)

‘Interprofessional Education and the idea of an educated public’, Journal of Vocational Education and Training (2013)

‘Something old, Something new: Big Society Thinking for Informal Educators’ in Natale, S.M. and Libertella, A.F. 'The Marketization of Education: Collapse of an Assumptive World', Global Scholarly Publications, New York (2012)

‘Places to go, things to do and people to see: space and activity in English youth work policy’ in Kraftl,P., Horton,J., and Tucker, F. 'Critical geographies of childhood and youth Contemporary policy and practice', Policy Press (2012)

‘Liquefied or blended: a university for the 21st century’, The Gateway Papers, Vol. 2 (2012)

Working papers and an e-copy of my doctorate can be found at:

External Examining:

I am external examiner for three Master programmes in informal education. These posts are held at the universities of Huddersfield, South Wales and Gloucester.

Quality Assurance Experience:

I have extensive experience of QA/QE activity in ‘traditional’, collaborative and work-based/employer engagement programmes.

Recent Conference Presentations:

September, 2013 ‘What does it mean to be educated?’, British Educational Research Association Conference

September, 2013 ‘Framing a ‘suitable education’ whilst disregarding the school’, British Educational Research Association Conference

March, 2013 ‘Establishing a transdisciplinary framework for policy making’, Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon

September, 2012 ‘Youth work, ‘protest’ and a common language: towards a framework for reasoned debate’, British Educational Research Association Conference

September 2012 ‘Co-ordinating the big/good society: Hayek, young people and the unknowable’, British Educational Research Association Conference

July, 2012 ‘What is education and what makes research ‘educational research’, British Educational Studies Association Annual Conference, Hull

June, 2012 ‘Polygamy in educational research: selfish reflections on 'after school: the disruptive work of informal education', TheoryLab Conference, Stirling

February 2012 ‘Youth work, protest and Common Language: towards a framework for reasoned debate’, Leicester Branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, Leicester

September, 2012 ‘Riots, practices and Carnival’, Taking stock: academics reflect on the English riots Conference, Leicester

July 2011 ‘The coordination of agents: Hayek, big society and informal education’, Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work Conference, Brighton

April 2011 ‘Youth work and informal education in contested spaces’, American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Seattle

March 2011 ‘Obese or Grown up: informal education and the big society’, Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, Oxford