Anne West is Professor of Education Policy and is also Director of the Education Research Group. She joined the LSE in 1990 as a part-time research officer having previously worked for the Research and Statistics Branch of the former Inner London Education Authority. She was appointed professor in 2002. She is responsible for the BSc course ‘Education Policy’ and also teaches on other courses in the Department of Social Policy.
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. She welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students who are interested in working in her areas of expertise.
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.
Anne has carried out research funded by a range of different organisations including the Nuffield Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, UK government departments and the European Commission. She has been called as an expert witness to UK parliamentary select committees for inquiries into academies, school admissions and faith schools. She was a member of the former Conseil national d'évaluation du système scolaire (Cnesco) established in 2014 by the French Ministry of Education. In 2015, Anne held the Fritz-Karsen-Chair at Humboldt University in Berlin.
Anne supervises doctoral studies in areas including:
Education policy; comparative education policy; early childhood education and care.