Professor Anne West

Professor Anne West

Professor of Education Policy

Department of Social Policy

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Key Expertise
Education policy, Early years education, Comparative education policy

About me

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 former Inner London Education Authority. She was appointed professor in 2002. She is responsible for the BSc course on ‘Education Policy’ and also teaches on ‘Foundations of Social Policy’. Anne is the Doctoral Programme Director and runs the compulsory course for MPhil/PhD students ‘Research Student Seminar’.

Anne carries out a range of different types of research, focusing in particular on education policy in England and in comparative context; the financing of school-based education; and early education and care. More recently she has carried out research on students, graduates and parental support. 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 Family Issues, Journal of Social Policy, British Journal of Educational Studies and Research Papers in Education. She has published several books including ‘‘Helicopter parenting’ and ‘boomerang children’: How parents support and relate to their student and co-resident graduate children’ (October 2017) 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 is currently a member of the 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; European and comparative social policy (including education policy); Families, children and social policy (including early years education policy).

Expertise Details

Education policy; education policy in comparative context; financing schools; early years education and care policy; students; graduates and parental support