Professor Ian Davies



I am the author of numerous books (published by Routledge, Continuum, Sage and others) and many articles in academic journals most of which explore issues related to teaching and learning about contemporary society (with a particular focus on citizenship education).  I lecture and research extensively in international contexts and have been successful in attracting funding from a wide range of government and non-government agencies in the UK and elsewhere.

I teach and supervise undergraduate, MA and PhD students and initial teacher education trainees.

I would be interested in receiving enquiries about studies on citizenship education, global education, history education and related matters.



I am interested in researching teaching and learning about contemporary society. A description of some projects can be seen on the CRESJ project pages. Key words that characterise my research interests are:

  • citizenship education
  • global education
  • global citizenship education
  • history education
  • social studies education

Research group(s)

Available PhD research projects

View all of our current available PhD research projects.


  • Kirstin Kerr - Teachers' understandings of citizenship (PhD, 2004)
  • Norman Grainger - Perceptions of some key respondents of the ERASMUS/SOCRATES programmes and the European dimension in education (PhD, 2004)
  • Mark Evans - Teachers' characterisations of citizenship education in Canada and England (PhD, 2005)
  • Michalis Kakos - The interaction between students and teachers in citizenship education (PhD, 2008)
  • King Man Chong - Citizenship and national identity (PhD, 2012)
  • Caprice Lantz - Intercultural competence (PhD, 2014)
  • Nermeen Sayed Kassem - social media and activism in Egypt (PhD, 2014)
  • Amanda Naylor - Renaissance poetry (PhD, 2014)
  • Rasha Mohammed Abdulrahman Alaudan – formative assessment in initial teacher education programmes in Saudi Arabia (PhD, 2014)
  • Chris Barnett – Afro Caribbean males and education (MPhil, 2016)
  • Ian Hosack (PhD, 2018) - citizenship education and language learning in Japan
  • Alex Cutajar (PhD, 2018) - Teaching history in Malta
  • Ghazal Seyd (PhD, 2017) - Studying literature and citizenship
  • Amal Fadil (PhD, in progress) - NGOs and education in Morocco
  • Suzanna de Gier (PhD, in progress) - Inclusive education in support of children’s wellbeing: The effect of the children’s rights convention on school policy and practice (supervised with Eleanor Brown)
  • Isabel G. Munguía Godínez (PhD, in progress) - Children´s moral reasoning examined through hypothetical dilemmas (supervised with Eleanor Brown)
  • Julio Rivadeneira Barreiro (PhD, in progress) - Decision making about the choice of study: biased drivers for student prospects when choosing a higher education programme

I also supervise MA by research students.

External activities


  • Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • Member of the ESRC Peer Review College


  • Expert for the Council of Europe’s Pestalozzi programme focussing on education for democratic citizenship;
  • Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan on teacher education.

International links

I have extensive international experience. Projects on citizenship education have been completed or are ongoing in the UK, many European countries, Australia, Canada, Russia, USA, Taiwan and elsewhere. Recent key note lectures have been given in China and Korea. I have given several series of lectures in Japan. I am a Visiting Professor at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Editorial duties

  • Citizenship Teaching and Learning (deputy editor).
  • Journal of Social Science Education (member of the Editorial Board)
  • Citizenship, education and social justice (member of the International Advisory Board)
  • Citizenship, Social and Economics Education (member of the Advisory Editorial Board)
  • International Journal of Education for Social Justice (RIEJS) (member of editorial board)


Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: + 44 (0)1904 323452