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Professor Chris Winch

Professor of Educational Philosophy and Policy




Contact information

Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 3852
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 3182




About me

I was Head of School for the School of Education, Communication and Society (formerly Department of Education and Professional Studies) from 2008 - 2012, Chair of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain from 2008-2011 and am now an honorary vice president of the society.


My main research interests are in the philosophy of education and in professional and vocational knowledge and the application of research to professional practice.

For further details please see my Research Staff Profile

I am a member of the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR)


I teach a range of courses in educational management and policy. I teach Foundations of Professionalism on the EdD/DPs programme. I also teach on the PGCE.

Knowledge Transfer

With my colleague Jeff Bridgford, we are currently working as consultants on an Erasmus-funded project on the harmonisation of European furniture-making and upholstering qualifications (Bolster-Up) (£6.6k). We are responsible for the international synthesis report. This project covers eight countries:  Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, England, Germany, Romania, the Netherlands and Poland.
I worked as an associate researcher for an Australian Research Council Project on Expertise and Embodied Virtue, from 2010 -2012. This involved giving one presentation at the University of Wollongong in 2010 and one at the University of Hertfordshire in 2011.

King’s Policy Institute have awarded £4k to myself and Linda Clarke from Westminster University (with matched funding from Westminster) to host three seminars for policymakers on implementing EU Qualification innovations and their implication for qualification design in the UK. The seminars arise from the 2005-2008 Nuffield Project on the European Qualifications Framework {EQF) which I co-directed with Linda Clarke and the 2008-2010 Erasmus project on European Bricklayer Qualifications, on which I was responsible for the international synthesis report, together with the current Erasmus project on furniture-making qualifications in Europe. For this, Jeff Bridgford and myself are responsible for the international synthesis report. The first of these seminars   was held at King’s on 21 November 2013.
International Links

Since 2007 I have been involved in collaboration with a number of India NGOs and universities, mainly on issues concerned with quality in education and the nature of private educational provision, particularly in the ‘low cost’ sector in India. I have worked with the Digantar Foundation in Rajasthan and with the ICICI Bank’s educational development arm on teacher education and professional development. In addition I have lectured or given seminars at the Jawarharlal Nehru University in Delhi, TISS Mumbai, the University of Kerala, TISS Hyderabad and the Azim Premji University, Bangalore.

I have collaborated extensively with Professor Padma Sarangapani, formerly of TISS Mumbai and then Hyderabad, now at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. We have worked together in setting up Philosophy of Education activities in India in collaboration with Rohit Dankhar of the Digantar Foundation and the Azim Premji University, resulting in a highly successful Philosophy of Education workshop in Udaipur, Rajasthan in 2010 and in a conference in Bangalore at the Azim Premji University in 2013. I have also worked with Professor Sarangapani on a research project on private schooling in India funded by the Ministry of Human Resources, which has involved extensive fieldwork in various Indian cities.


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