Emeritus Professor Dave Hill

Emeritus Research Professor of Education, Department of Education

Chief Editor, The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Emeritus Professor Dave Hill is an Emeritus Marxist Professor, political activist and writer who specialises in issues of Marxism and Education, social class, 'race' and education/society, critiqueing neoliberalism, neoconservatism and social democracy.

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Dave is an Emeritus Marxist Professor and political and trade union activist in different countries. He spends time every year in Limerick, Ireland, at the University of Limerick; in Ankara, Turkey, at the University of Ankara; and in Athens, at the Kapodistrian and National University of Athens. In each place he addresses academic conferences but also political and trade unionist meetings.

His academic work focuses on issues of neoliberalism, capitalism, class, 'race', resistance and socialist education/ education for equality; critical pedagogy/critical education.

His research interest in Critical Education and developing resistance to neoliberal education are expressed in his founding and chief editing since 2003 of the refereed, scholarly, international journal, the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (www.jceps.com) which is determinedly free online (though the print version is paid for/subscribeable) and has been downloaded more than one million times since 2003.

He also funded with Prof. Kostas Skordoulis, Head of Department of Primary Education at the Kapodistrian and National University of Athens, Greece, the annual ICCE (International Conference on Critical Education), held at the University of Athens in 2011 and 2012, the University of Ankara in 2013, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2014 and will be held at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, Poland, June 15-18 2015.

Previously, in 1989, he set up the independent-left research unit, the Institute for Education Policy Studies and co-founded and chaired the Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators between 1989 and 2001.[12] Affiliated writers and academics sustained Marxist and socialist educational analysis and policy formulation in Britain, through its publications of two books and thirteen booklets, published by Tufnell Press between 1990 and 2002.[13] It included Caroline Benn, Mike Cole, Glenn Rikowski and for the first few years, Gaby Weiner and Stephen Ball. It also included some activists from the Socialist Teachers Alliance.

There is a wiki on Dave Hill at wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Hill_(professor)

Areas of research supervision

Dave supervised the following PhDs at the University of Northampton (UK).

  • Henry Kum (part-time) (awarded 2011): Pre-exile and refugee education in the UK: (Francophone African refugees in the UK in 2010)
  • Arnon Dunetz (full-time) (intercalated/withdrew): Democratic Schooling and Neo-liberal Government: A Marxist evaluation of a Democratic Schooling Experiment in Tel-Aviv Israel, 1997-2005
  • Joyce Barker (part-time 2009-2014): School science technicians, a dying breed: school science, a subject under threat and the impact such changes could have on the future of education.

At Middlesex University (as External Adviser)

  • Shabana Gul Khattak (part-time 2007-2013 awarded PhD in 2014) Silent Voices, Untold Stories: Perceptions of Female Students towards their own Experiences and Higher Educational Opportunities in Peshawar, Khyber Pukhtunkhwah (KPK) (Pakistan)

At Anglia Ruskin University:

  • Polina Chryssochou (full-time 2013-) The Effect of the Economic Crisis on the Professional Lives of Primary School Teachers.
  • Linda Akomaning (full-time 2013-) Investigation into Achievement in Primary School Education for Children from Black Ethnic Minority Backgrounds: The Case of Ghanaians in London.
  • Sharon Jones (part-time 2013- ) How the ‘naughty’ child with low socio-economic status is alienated within the British Education system.
  • Alan Bradwell (part-time EdD 2011-) and PhD from Jan 2015

Dave Hill has examined the following Doctorates, as an External Examiner:

  • Margaret Kennedy (2014) (University of Limerick, Ireland) The making of “a product to be proud of”: An ethnographic examination of the role of the physical curriculum in the social construction of elite bodies and the social stratification of the elite educated student
  • Joanne (Jo) Williams (2014) (Victoria University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) Critical Perspectives on Educational Partnerships in the Era of Neoliberalism.
  • Deirdre O’Neill (2013) (Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster) Film as Critical Pedagogy with Prisoners.
  • Gail Edwards (2013) (Newcastle University, England) The Crisis of Transcendence and the (im)possibility of teacher education
  • Christine Ann Lawless (2013) (University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Activism in the academy: a study of activism in the South Australian higher education workforce 1998-2008.
  • Martin Power (2008) (University of Limerick, Ireland): ‘Crossing the Sahara without Water’: a critical analysis of the macro and micro-level dynamics of persistent class inequality in the Back to Education Allowance Welfare to Education Programme

He examined, as an Internal Doctoral Examiner:

  • Nigel Greaves (2008) (University of Northampton, England) In Search of the `Real Gramsci’: A Historicist Reappraisal of a Marxist Revolutionary

He examined, as an External Examiner, an MPhil

  • Syamprasad Karottu Velayudhan Achary (Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottatam, India) (2008): A critique of strategies of empowerment: The experience of Ettumanoor grama panchayat – A case study.

He also participates in the upgrading process from MPhil to PhD as a Panel member.


Dave supervises doctoral students at ARU and gives guest lectures to Masters and undergraduate students. He organises regular staff/ student research seminars on issues of Critical Education and Justice.


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1990 -2001

PhD. University of London, Institute of Education, PhD (Ideology, State and Teacher Education) supervised by Geoff Whitty. Thesis title: `The Radical Right and Teacher Education: An Analysis of and Response to the Restructuring of Teacher Education in England and Wales under the Conservative and New Labour Governments 1979-2001’


MA. University of Sussex, MA Contemporary European Studies (West European Politics and History post 1945, specialising in Britain, France, Portugal, Spain.).


Med. University of Sussex, MA Curriculum Development & Educational Technology.


University of London (SOAS and LSE), successful completion of 1st year of 2-year MSc course in Politics.


BA (Hons) University of Manchester, BA (Hons.) Politics and Modern History, (2:1).

Memberships, editorial boards

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  • 2002-present Chief/ Managing Editor and Founder of international academic refereed journal, The Journal for Educational Policy Studies. Other editors are Peter McLaren (UCLA, USA) and Prof Pablo Gentili (State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The Journal attracts around 7,000 hits per month. It is published in England.
  • 2014 Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Education as Change (South Africa).
  • 2014 Member of the Editorial Board of The SoJo Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice Education. Information Age Publishing.
  • 2013 Member of the Editorial Board of Iranian Journal of Society, Culture & Language (IJSCL), Iran.
  • 2012 Member of the Editorial Board of Eleştirel Pedagoji Dergisi (Journal of Critical Pedagogy), Turkey.
  • 2011 Associate Editor of Theory in Action - the Journal of the Transformative Studies Institute.
  • 2009 Member of the Editorial Board of Critical Education (University of British Columbia, Canada). 
  • 2008 Member of Editorial Board of Green Theory and Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy.
  • 2006-present Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Aula Critica: Revista Educativa de la Fundacion McLaren de Pedagogia Critica, Mexico.
  • 2004-present Member of the Editorial Board of Curriculo sem Fronteiras. Published in Brazil.
  • 2004-present Member of the Editorial Board of Policy Futures in Education. Published by Symposium Journals in England.
  • 2004-present Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Public Resistance. Published in the USA.
  • 1998- 2002 Member of Editorial Advisory Board for the refereed Journal Education and Social Justice, published by Trentham Books.

Selected recent publications

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List of Publications

Recent presentations and conferences

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List of Presentations and Conferences

Media experience

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20 television interviews (some live some studio recorded, most on regional television, some on national television).

BBCTV 12minute (March 2011) item on Dave Hill and John Hill: twins separated by a selective education system. Available online on Facebook and YouTube

BBCTV (South and East) Feb 2014 InsideOut Interview re selective education.

Approx. 1,000 local and national press items/reports

Approx. 500 radio interviews on local radio. (Most of these as a politician, some as a teacher educator).

Interviews in various Turkish and Greek newspapers and magazines 2011-2014

Political experience

Dave is a political and trade union activist. He has been:

2010 Parliamentary candidate for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), for Brighton Kemptown constituency, England

2009 Lead EuroParliamentary Candidate for South-East England for NO2EU-YestoDemocracy coalition (of the RMT trade union and socialist groups such as the Socialist Party, Communist Party of Britain, Socialist Resistance, Alliance for Green Socialism).

1989-1991 Southern Regional Chair of NATFHE (The National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education)

1979-1990 Branch Chair or Secretary of various NATFHE branches

1975-1989 Brighton Borough Councillor 1975-83;

Leader of East Sussex County Council Labour Group of Councillors 1983-87

(including joint control of Education Committee and Budget for a time)

East Sussex County Councillor 1981-89, and, during that period,

Governor of Sussex University

Governor of Brighton Polytechnic

Governor of Brighton Technical College

Governor and Chair of Governors of various primary and secondary schools.

1987 Labour Parliamentary Candidate in 1987 General Election. (Candidate from 1986-1987)

1979 Labour Parliamentary Candidate in 1979 General Election. (Candidate from 1976- 1979)

1971-1992 Delegate to numerous Labour Party, Labour Party Local Government, National Union of Teachers (NUT), National  Association of teachers in Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) national and regional conferences.