Professor Pamela Munn (OBE: M. Litt; M.A.; Cert.Ed.)

Professor Emerita



Pamela Munn is an internationally renowned researcher of over 20 years standing. She has attracted substantial research funding of well over £2 million from a range of bodies, including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Government (and its predecessor bodies), local authorities, and charities, including the Leverhulme Trust and the Gordon Cook Foundation.

She was a member of the editorial boards of seven academic journals and regularly reviews articles and grant applications. She chaired the groups managing the implementation of the Applied Educational Research Scheme, a £2 million scheme funded by SHEFC and SEED to enhance educational research capacity in Scotland. She was a member of the Steering Group of the ESRC's Teaching and Learning Research Programme. She was President of the British Educational Research Association 2007-09 and remained an officer of the Association as Past President until September 2010. She is a member of Academy of Social Sciences.

She was awarded an OBE for services to education in Scotland in 2005.She began as a secondary school teacher of history, teaching in comprehensive schools in London, before taking up a career in higher education. She worked in the universities of Stirling and York, and was Depute Director of the Scottish Council for Research in Education, before becoming Professor of Curriculum Research at the then Moray House Institute of Education in 1994.

She was Dean/Head of School of The Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh, from 1 August 2002 to 31 July 2007.She has been a member of a number of national committees which have aimed to influence policy developments in education. She chaired the committee on Education for Citizenship in Scotland and chaired the Advisory Group on the Implementation Programme. She was a member of the Discipline Task Group, of the Curriculum Review Group, which established the principles underpinning Curriculum for Excellence and of the Second Stage Review of Initial Teacher Education. She was a member of the Reference Group for the Donaldson Review of teacher education in Scotland 2010-11.

She has strong links to children's charities, having been Vice Convenor of Children in Scotland and a member of the Scottish Reference Group for Barnardo's. She is a lifetime member of NSPCC and chairs the Advisory Committee for the Child Protection Policy Research Centre, University of Edinburgh/NSPCC.

Professor Munn retired from the University on 31 December 2009  but remains active in education. She is Convener of the Appeal Board of the General Teaching Council for Scotland. She was part of the three person team reviewing initial teacher education provision in Ireland -see Sahlberg et al 2012. She is a member of the Steering Group for the BERA/RSA Inquiry into the role of research in teacher education.

She continues to advise and support research, particularly in the area ofbehaviour in schools, inclusion and education policy. However, she no longer supervises doctoral students. Her most recent work was leading research on Behaviour in Scottish Schools in 2009.

Past PhD students supervised

  • Kristina Konstantoni- Young children’ views of ethnic diversity in Scotland

Research summary

  • Behaviour in schools
  • Scottish Education policy 
  • Curriculum policy with a special interest in education for citizenship

Project activity

My most recent research was leading a team to research perceptions of behaviour in Scottish schools in 2009.

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