Dr James MacAllister

Deputy Head of Institute for Education, Community & Society (IECS) / Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education


I was awarded a PhD in the philosophy of education from the University of Edinburgh in 2011. Prior to this I qualified as a primary school teacher, joined the Scottish police service and taught in Edinburgh primary schools. I have also worked at the University of Manchester and the University of Stirling.

Responsibilities & affiliations

I am currently Deputy Head of the Institute of Education, Community and Society

Postgraduate teaching

I lead the philosophy of education course and the philosophy of education degree pathway. 

Project activity

  • Co-Investigator on large ESRC funded project on the rights of children with additional support needs 2017-2019
  • In 2017 I was awarded a small travel grant from the Philosophy of Education Society for Great Britain to present a paper at the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry in Paris
  • Between 2014-2015 I worked on a project on Discipline and Moral Education for which I was PI. This project was funded by the Journal of Moral Education Trust.

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