Philosophy of Education Research Group (PERG)

Our research group brings together staff and students working in the area of philosophy of education.

Our work covers a range of areas within the field of philosophy of education, including theories of teaching and learning, moral education, theories of discipline, curriculum theory, virtue epistemology and education, and theories of inclusion and social justice. Our members have backgrounds in diverse traditions of philosophy, including Analytic, Continental and American Pragmatism.

The research group is situated within the School’s Teacher Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy Hub.

Teacher Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy Hub 


Below are links to our members' profiles, where you'll find information about their research interests, teaching and publications. We also have and welcome postgraduate research student members.


Programmes our members teach on

A central concern of our Philosophy of Education Research Group (PERG) group is supporting students’ understanding of the theories underlying a range of approaches to educational research, as well as the connections between theory and practice. In the School of Education and Sport, we teach on a number of programmes, including: 

PhD study

We supervise PhD students working in several areas of philosophy of education. We welcome applicants interested in pursuing topics in this diverse area. For more information about PhD study, including potential supervisors' availability and areas of research interest, please see our Postgraduate Research Degrees pages.

Postgraduate research degrees 

Seminar series

Our staff run a Seminar series throughout the year which is supported by the Edinburgh Branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. For more information, contact Dr Andrea English (Research Group Lead).

Contact Dr Andrea English

Reading group

We have a Philosophy of Education Reading Group. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Reading Group lead Amy Aukland.

Contact Amy Aukland