what we offer

Research Strands

Our findings are based on rigorous analysis, detailed empirical evidence and in-depth institutional knowledge. We seek to communicate them effectively to a wide range of audiences, and to maximize their impact on policy both directly and by informing public debate.

Education, skills and Employment

Teacher Education and Professional Learning

STEM Education

This strand concentrates on three main areas of research:

  • Schools: We conduct extensive research considering what policies and other factors are important for raising access, retention and educational attainment in schools, including a number of Randomised Control Trials 
  • Post Compulsory Education and Skills: We examine trends in tertiary education, ethnic and gender gaps, the links with inequality and financing issues.
  • Education policy and human capital: We also produce research that considers the determinants and effectiveness of educational investments across the life cycle, from early childcare and pre-school education, through to primary and secondary schools, post-compulsory schooling, higher education and adult learning.

Research in this area aims to understand teacher development involving both policy and practice, spanning early years, primary and secondary education contexts - from initial teacher education to career-long continuing professional development.

The STEM Education and Research strand works toward improving access and opportunity for participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education by facilitating projects that engage multiple audiences at many levels including secondary school students, university students, teachers (current and future) and university professors.


STEM Education and Research

The mission of this strand is to transform Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in order to increase the participation and success of diverse communities of educators and students through:


Technical Vocational Education
and Training

Our aim is to create a research strand that will advance our understanding of the requirements for TVET in Ghana today, identify the challenges in provision of TVET, and develop and strengthen the knowledge-base to enable a more agile, relevant and needs-based vocational education sector to become a driving force for economic growth and social mobility, as it is in other countries.