Professor Anne West


Professor of Education Policy in the Department of Social Policy

Anne West

Anne West is Professor of Education Policy and also Director of the Education Research Group.  She is responsible for the BSc courses ‘Education Policy’ and the 'Dissertation', and also teaches on other courses including the MSc course 'Education Policy, Reform and Financing‘. 

Anne carries out a range of different types of research, focusing in particular on education policy and early childhood education and care, in England (past and present), and in comparative perspective; and on the financing of education, including the role played by parents.

Anne’s research has been published in a wide range of journals in the fields of education policy, social policy, and sociology, including: Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis,  Journal of Social Policy, British Journal of Educational Studies, London Review of Education, Journal of Family Issues and the Revue internationale d’éducation de Sèvres. She has published several books including most recently ‘Helicopter parenting’ and ‘boomerang children’: How parents support and relate to their student and co-resident graduate children, with Emeritus Professor Jane Lewis.


Expertise: early years education and care policies; education policy and reforms; education and early years policy in comparative perspective; families and children; school finance