James Tooley

Professor James Tooley joins the University of Buckingham

3 July 2019

We are delighted to announce that the esteemed Professor James Tooley has joined the University of Buckingham.

Formerly the Professor of Education policy at Newcastle University, James Tooley has been appointed in the position of Professor of Educational Entrepreneurship and Policy.

Prof Tooley is best known for his ground-breaking research on low cost private education in developing countries. This research won numerous awards including a gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition, the Templeton Prize for Free Market Solutions to Poverty, and the IEA’s National Free Enterprise Award.

Prof Tooley’s findings are reported in a range of books and publications including The Beautiful Tree: a personal journey into how the world’s poorest people are educating themselves (Penguin and Cato Institute), which became a best-seller in India and won the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize.

His research was also profiled in documentaries for the BBC and PBS. His other books include Education, War and Peace and Education, Entrepreneurship and Liberty.

“It’s a delight to be here,” said Prof Tooley. “It turns out that Buckingham is my kind of town: small enough to feel intimate and close to nature, tucked into a curve of the River Great Ouse, but large enough to be able to sustain the University of Buckingham’s calibre. I couldn’t be happier to have landed here.”

Prof Tooley is now available for postgraduate supervision with students interested in the areas of educational entrepreneurship, education policy, private education, education and development, the role of government in education, comparative education, and philosophy of education.

To find out more about student supervision, please contact humanitiespg-admissions@buckingham.ac.uk