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New Centre for International Research into Leadership in Education (CIRLE) launches

News | 7 September 2023​

A new research centre which aims to establish strategic international links, research partnerships and collaborative networks in education has been launched at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

​​The Centre for International Research into Leadership in Education (CIRLE) has been formed to drive research and development in the international field of leadership in education. Developed by researchers at the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy, it aims to engage international scholars in collaborative research, writing and networking to improve the contemporary knowledge base about leadership in education.

CIRLE is already linked, through its research and collaborative work with international scholars, with 20 university partners globally. These include Melbourne University and Sydney University in Australia, the University of Hong Kong, Northwestern University Chicago, Universitas Yogyakarta in Indonesia, National Institute of Education in Singapore and the University of Murcia in Spain, among many other leading research-intensive institutions.

CIRLE will engage in cutting-edge research and scholarly activities focused upon a range of themes including:

  • Leading Organisational Change
  • Leading School and System Improvement
  • Pedagogical Leadership
  • Leadership of Social Policy
  • Women in HE Leadership
  • Digital Leadership
  • Professional Learning for Leaders
  • Leadership in different sectors and disciplines
  • AI and Leadership

The aim of the Centre is to make its research work accessible and useful to leaders in education, globally. It will provide research evidence that is based on inter-disciplinary and comparative, collaborative enquiry.

The launch of the Centre took place at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where Professor Carol Campbell (OISE Toronto and Visiting Professor at Cardiff Metropolitan University) reminded guests of the “centrality of leadership in the performance of any organization.”

Dr Alma Harris, Professor of Leadership in Education at the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy, said: “For far too long, research into leadership in education has been fragmented and to some extent localised, often undertaken without engaging international expertise. By bringing the best international researchers together within this new Centre, we have the chance to build stronger theoretical perspectives and to generate better empirical knowledge about leadership in education.

“The aim is to ensure that leaders across the globe, within educational settings, receive contemporary, reliable, and cutting-edge research findings. Quite frankly, they deserve nothing less.”