Dr Andrew Wilkins

Staff details

Andrew Wilkins is a policy sociologist interested in education policy, comparative education and education governance.

Andrew W. Wilkins is Reader in Education Policy and Director of Research in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Academic qualifications

  • BA Sociology, University of Leeds 2003
  • MRes Social Science Research Methods, Goldsmiths, University of London 2005
  • PhD Social Policy, Open University 2009

Research interests

Andrew W. Wilkins is a policy sociologist with research interests in education policy, comparative and international education, and education governance. During his career, he has worked with school trusts and networks, education charities, consultants, governance bodies, and other stakeholder groups.

Andrew’s books include Keywords in Education Policy Research (with Steven J. Courtney and Nelli Piattoeva‬, Policy Press 2024), Policy Foundations of Education (Bloomsbury 2022), Education Governance and Social Theory (with Antonio Olmedo, Bloomsbury 2018), and Modernising School Governance (Routledge 2016).

Andrew has been invited to speak at events in Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Scotland, Slovakia, Sweden, and Spain. He has been invited to peer review for 40+ journals and is an assessor for Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He has published in various international peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Education Policy, Critical Social Policy and Critical Policy Studies.

Andrew is Co-Editor in Chief of Journal of Education Policy and serves on the editorial board for British Journal of Sociology of Education, Critical Studies in Education and The Australian Educational Researcher, among other journals and book series. He is co-convenor of the webinar series Education Policy Futures (EPF).

Andrew is responsible for leadership and management in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths which includes Director of Research, Departmental Ethics Lead, Leader for BA UG Dissertation Module, Departmental CHASE Coordinator, and Writing Group Convenor. Andrew is a member of Goldsmiths’ Research Ethics Sub-Committee (RESC) and Internal Peer Review Panel.

Publications and research outputs


Nicholson, Phil and Wilkins, Andrew. 2024. Intermediaries in local schooling landscapes: Partnership building and policy enactment during times of crisis. Journal of Education Policy, ISSN 0268-0939

Wilkins, Andrew and Mifsud, Denise. 2024. What is governance? Projects, objects and analytics in education. Journal of Education Policy, 39(3), pp. 349-365. ISSN 0268-0939

Keddie, Amanda; MacDonald, Katrina; Blackmore, Jill; Boyask, Ruth; Fitzgerald, Scott; Gavin, Mihajla; Heffernan, Amanda; Hursh, David; McGrath-Champ, Susan; Møller, Jorunn; O’Neill, John; Parding, Karolina; Salokangas, Maija; Skerritt, Craig; Stacey, Meghan; Thomson, Pat; Wilkins, Andrew; Wilson, Rachel; Wylie, Cathy and Yoon, Ee‑Seu. 2023. What needs to happen for school autonomy to be mobilised to create more equitable public schools and systems of education? Australian Educational Researcher, 50(5), pp. 1571-1597. ISSN 0311-6999


Wilkins, Andrew; Courtney, Steven J. and Piattoeva‬, Nelli. 2024. Keywords in education policy research: A conceptual toolbox. Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN 9781447360100

Wilkins, Andrew. 2016. Modernising School Governance: Corporate planning and expert handling in state education. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780815360674

Book Section

Wilkins, Andrew; Collet-Sabé, Jordi; Esper, Tomás; Gobby, Brad and Grimaldi, Emiliano. 2024. Assembling New Public Management: Actors, networks and projects. In: Derek Brent Edwards; Antoni Verger; Keita Takayama and Marcia McKenzie, eds. Researching Global Education Policy: Diverse Approaches to Policy Movement. Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN 9781447368021

Wilkins, Andrew. 2023. Publics in education: Thinking with Gunter on plurality, democracy and local reasoning. In: Tanya Fitzgerald and Steven, J. Courtney, eds. Critical education policy and leadership studies: The intellectual contributions of Helen M. Gunter. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, pp. 113-126. ISBN 97830031368004

Wilkins, Andrew. 2023. Mapping the field: Education policy research and theory. In: Andrew Wilkins, ed. Policy Foundations of Education. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781350171138

Edited Book

Wilkins, Andrew, ed. 2023. Policy Foundations of Education. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781350171138

Wilkins, Andrew and Olmedo, Antonio, eds. 2018. Education Governance and Social Theory: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Research. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781350040083