University of Hertfordshire

Professor Philip Woods

Professor

Philip Woods

Professor Philip Woods

Professor

Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

Expertise

Research interests

I am a former Chair and a current Council member of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS), and Director of the Centre for Educational Leadership and Professor of Educational Policy, Democracy and Leadership at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. I have authored over 130 publications. My work focuses principally on education, democracy, leadership, policy and governance, with special attention to democratic and distributed leadership, equity, and change towards more democratic and holistic organisational environments. My work includes the design of resources for senior leaders, teachers and others to support the development of distributed and democratic leadership, working with international colleagues through European Union funded networks - European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL, 2011-2015) and European Methodological Framework for Facilitating Collaborative Learning for Teachers (EFFeCT, 2015-2018) - and as a member of the US-based New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) network. 

I have wide-ranging experience and expertise in leading, managing and participating in major funded projects for organisations including the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, UK government, European Union, National College for School Leadership, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and Learning and Teaching Scotland. I am experienced in undertaking academic and evaluative studies, developing recommendations on policy and practice to tight deadlines and providing keynote presentations, as well as being an active participant and leader in multiple international networks and supervising and teaching doctoral and masters students.