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Dr Rafael Mitchell


I have worked in education since 2002, largely in sub-Saharan Africa and other low-resource contexts. Before joining Bristol I worked at the University of Cambridge, where I helped establish the African Education Research Database (AERD) which is an online catalogue of research by African-based academics.

I have a broad interest in schooling in Africa, and particularly in pedagogy and leadership for disadvantaged learners. My PhD research was an ethnographic study of the agendas, participation and influence of different stakeholder groups at a government primary school in Tigray, Ethiopia.


I am interested in supervising masters and PhD projects on education in Africa or elsewhere, with a particular focus on:

  • Educational leadership – school-level participation in evaluation and decision-making processes, including through student voice

  • School and classroom-level approaches to promoting access, learning for disadvantaged groups

  • Policies relating to teachers and teaching in non-Western contexts

  • Ethnographic approaches to research in educational settings

Research keywords

comparative and international education, educational leadership, education in Africa, Ethiopia, international research collaboration, school improvement, student voice, sub-Saharan Africa