Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE)

The Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education focuses on education, international development and comparative research aimed at developing theoretical and comparative methodological innovations so as to address contemporary issues relating to the improvement of education quality in low income, fragile contexts and small states. We are particularly concerned to develop sustainable solutions to learning and social justice for marginalised groups, and to problematize the international transfer of educational policy ideas. Find out more about our research.

Featured research

The Language Supportive Teaching and Textbooks in Tanzania (LSTT) project is a collaboration between the University of Bristol, University of Dodoma, Aga Khan University Institute of Education – East Africa Campus, and the Tanzania Institute of Education.

Education in Small States Research Group

The Centre also hosts the Education in Small States Research Group.


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Case Study

Small Island States - Living at the sharp end of environmental uncertainty. Terra Sprague and Michael Crossley received pump prime funding from the Cabot Institute which helped them to carry out research activity based around implications for sustainability and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).


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