Professor Philip Woods

Philip Woods is Professor of Educational Policy, Democracy and Leadership, and Director of the Centre for Educational Leadership in the School of Education.

He is an internationally recognised scholar, a former chair and current council member of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) and author of over 130 publications. His work focuses principally on leadership as a distributed and democratic process and on issues of policy, governance, equity and change towards more democratic and holistic learning environments.

Philip has wide-ranging experience and expertise in leading, managing and participating in major funded projects, undertaking both academic and evaluative studies and developing recommendations on policy and practice. His work includes collaborative research in international partnerships and networks across Europe and beyond. Funders include the European Union, British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, UK government, National College for School Leadership, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and Learning and Teaching Scotland.

In 2019 he was the recipient of the prestigious BELMAS Distinguished Service Award.

You can read more about Professor Woods' expertise on his research profile.

Phillip Woods

Current job roleProfessor of Educational Policy, Democracy and Leadership, and Director of the Centre for Educational Leadership
DepartmentSchool of Education
Research areas
  • democratic, distributed and collaborative leadership
  • arts-based and embodied methods of leadership development
  • education policy in the UK
  • collaborative teacher learning
  • student-staff partnerships.

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