Helen M Gunter

Critical Education Policy Researcher

About me


I am Professor Emerita in The Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, UK. I undertake research  in education policy and educational leadership. I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (2010), and recipient of the BELMAS Distinguished Service Award (2016).

My research focuses on the knowledge production and the politics of education policy, with particular attention to the field of educational leaders, leading and leadership.

https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/helen.gunter.html
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Books


2021: Understanding Educational Leadership

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2020: reporting research into Arendtian scholarship and education

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2020: reporting comparative research into consultants.

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2018: reporting research into reforms of public education using Arendtian scholarship.

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2018: reporting research into theorising in educational leadership.

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2017: reporting research that maps consultants and their impact on education.

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2017: reporting research into the impact of corporate elites on public education

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2016: reporting research into the meaning and practice of educational leadership

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2016: reporting research into NPM in education.

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2014: reporting research into educational leadership

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2014: reporting accounts of undertaking research

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2012: reporting research into how and why educational leadership became so important

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2012: reporting research on the reforms to higher education

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2011: reporting research into academies

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2010: reporting research into inequality in higher education

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2010: reporting research into poverty and education

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2009: reporting research about the field

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2009: reporting research into educational reforms

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2007: reporting research into the reforms of educational professionals

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2005: reporting research into teachers as leaders

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2001: reporting researching into school leadership

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1999: reporting research by headteachers about doing their job

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1997: reporting research into the state of the field

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Projects


Knowledge production and education policy

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Knowledge production, schools, professionals and children

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Knowledge production and educational leadership

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Knowledge production and research

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Knowledge production and segregated education

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Blogs


2020: Could Dido Harding move into education next? https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/could-dido-harding-move-into-education-next With CEPOL Team 2020: Five education myths that Covid-19 shatters https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/five-education-myths-that-covid-19-shatters With CEPOL Team

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2019: Five ways in which Edu-Exit was the test run for Brexit https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/five-ways-in-which-edu-exit-was-the-test-run-for-brexit

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2017: Anarchist Tendencies in Distributed Leadership? http://blogging2.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/mie/anarchist-tendencies-in-distributed-leadership/ 2017: Thinking about Education Policy Research https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/thinking-about-education-policy-research

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2016: Grammar schools and Downton Abbey politics http://blog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/posts/2016/09/grammar-schools-and-downton-abbey-politics/ 2016: A mimicry of the public school: grammar schools never went away, but they should have. With Steven J Courtney. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/the-mimicry-of-the-public-school-grammar-schools-never-went-away-but-they-should-have/

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019: Five ways in which Edu-Exit was the test run for Brexit https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/five-ways-in-which-edu-exit-was-the-test-run-for-brexit 2017: Anarchist Tendencies in Distributed Leadership? http://blogging2.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/mie/anarchist-tendencies-in-distributed-leadership/ 2017: Thinking about Education Policy Research https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/thinking-about-education-policy-research 2016: Grammar schools and Downton Abbey politics http://blog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/posts/2016/09/grammar-schools-and-downton-abbey-politics/ 2016: A mimicry of the public school: grammar schools never went away, but they should have. With Steven J Courtney. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/the-mimicry-of-the-public-school-grammar-schools-never-went-away-but-they-should-have/ 2015: Post 2015 general election thoughts… https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/post-2015-general-election-thoughts

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Editing


Editing: Journal of Educational Administration and History

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Editing: Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education

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Articles


Critical Education Policy and Leadership papers

In these pages I intend presenting short articles that focus on knowledge production and educational policy/leadership

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CEPaLS 01 Paper: More Leadership?

The first CEPaLS article is a reissue of my inaugural lecture from 2005.

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CEPaLS 02 Paper: Foster's Paradigms and Promises Revisted

In this paper I review Foster's contribution in his 1986 book Paradigms and Promises

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CEPaLS Paper 03: Smyth's edited collection: Critical Perspectives on Educational Leadership

This paper reports on my review of this edited collection.

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CEPaLS Paper 04: Rethinking education: the consequences of Chaos Theory.

This is an updated version of the paper I gave at BELMAS in 2004 based on my work in the 1990s on the use of Chaos Theory and field development.

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CEPaLS 05: Thrupp and Willmott's book: Education Management in Managerialist Times.

This is a review essay I wrote for a symposium focused on the book at at BELMAS conference.

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CEPaLS 06: Knowledge networks and educational reform in England

CEPaLS 06 is the paper I gave at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA, April 2013.

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CEPaLS 07: Risky Reforms: stories from a New Labour Project

This is a paper that I gave at a conference in 2007.

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CEPaLS 08: New Models of Leadership: A Literature Review

This is text I produced for a commissioned project report that was not used.

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CEPaLS 09: Knowledge production and leadership as a globalised business

This is a paper I gave at the 2011 BELMAS conference

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CEPaLS 10: a critical conceptualisation of privatisation in Chile and England

This is a paper I gave with Alejandro Carrasco and Gabriel Gutierrez at the 2016 BERA conference.

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CEPaLS 11: The ultimate privatisation, the case of grammar schools

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Contact


  • Professor Helen M Gunter, The Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester. UK
  • M13 9PL