John’s research and publications are chiefly on the political economy of education and of social policy, with a special focus on comparative and international studies and on post school education. His current research focuses on post-school education and economic and social change in the BRICS countries, especially China and Russia, in collaboration with the Institute of the Economics of Education, Peking University and with the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences. He has guest-edited special issues of The Journal of Moral Education on ‘Communism, post-communism and moral education’, 34 (4), 2005; and of the European Journal of Education on ‘Chinese-European cooperation in education’, 44 (1), 2009; and on ‘Higher education and the post-Soviet transition in Russia’, 47 (1), 2012.
He is interested also in the anthropology of knowledge, ethical issues in social research, and in peace education; and (with A. Guilherme), published a monograph on Buber and Education: Dialogue as conflict resolution, Routledge, London, 2014; and guest-edited (again with A. Guilherme) a special issue of The Peace Review on ‘Philosophies of War and Peace.’ His most recent publication is: ‘Marxism-Leninism: the ideology of 20th century communism.’ In: The International Encylopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2ND edition, Vol. 14: Elsevier, Oxford, 656-662. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (1979); of the Royal Anthropological Institute (1989); and of the Learned Society of Wales (2012).
John recently co-chaired, with Amina Mohammed, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, the Director General of UNESCO’s Panel on ‘Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good?’ (2015). He will present on this at the forthcoming WISERD conference.
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