Dr Robert White is a Reader in Education in the Division of Psychology, Sociology and Education at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.


Prior to obtaining my PhD in Special Education and Psychology (Inclusive Practice) and becoming an academic, I held post in education including being; an outdoor leadership educator (US and Canada), primary school teacher (UK), county wide behavior support teacher (UK), elementary school principal (Thailand), a system wide educational consultant (US & UK). I currently work with a number of international colleagues and my research and teaching focuses on the intersection between inclusive education, equity, social justice, peace-building, and sustainable development. I am also the Coordinator for the Inclusion and Equity in Teacher Policy & Practice Thematic Group, UNESCO Task Force on Teaching. My University teaching focuses on Educational Leadership, Teacher Education and Research Methods.

My research and teaching focuses on the intersection of critical theory informed educational leadership, inclusive educators’ dispositions, emancipatory pedagogies, collective leadership competencies and inclusion, equity, and social justice in and through education. I am currently involved with four (4) interdisciplinary applied research projects that inform policy and practice nationally and internationally.

Active research interests:

  • School Effectiveness and Improvement
  • Teacher Characteristics
  • Teacher Dispositions
  • Emancipatory Pedagogies
  • Leadership Competencies
  • Critical Theory for Education

Research Methods:

  • Ground Theory informed Action/Participatory Research
  • Mixed Methods
  • Structural Equation Modeling


  • School Leadership for School Effectiveness and Improvement.
  • School Leadership MA Online
  • Inclusive Practice

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