Andrew Wilkins is Reader in Education in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Andrew was Reader in Education at the University of East London before joining Goldsmiths in 2019. Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Leeds in 2003, postgraduate degree in social research methods at Goldsmiths in 2005 and PhD in social policy at the Open University in 2009.
Andrew writes about education policy and governance with focus on risk, experts, networks, citizenship and statecraft. Andrew has worked as a research associate/fellow on several projects including ESRC, HEA and EU Tempus-funded projects. His book Modernising School Governance: Corporate Planning and Expert Handling in State Education (Routledge 2016) was awarded joint-second prize by the Society for Educational Studies for books published in 2016. Andrew’s recent book, co-edited with Antonio Olmedo, is Education Governance and Social Theory: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Research (Bloomsbury 2018). Andrew is currently writing two books: a sole-authored book called Risk and Education: A Governmentality Perspective (due 2022) and an edited book called Policy Foundations in Education, part of a six-volume book project called Educational Foundations (Bloomsbury, 2022).
Andrew is editorial board member for Journal of Education Policy (Associate Regional Editor – Europe), British Journal of Sociology of Education and Journal of Applied Social Theory, among other journals. He is external examiner for the Sociology of Education Umbrella Board at University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE) and is a member of several international research groups including the European Network on Neoliberal Education Policy (ENNEP) and the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change.
Andrew has been invited to peer review for numerous journals, book publishers and research councils as well as published in various international peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Education Policy, Critical Social Policy, Critical Policy Studies, Globalisation, Societies and Education, and Journal of Educational Administration and History. Andrew has written for various websites and blogs including Education Uncovered, The Conversation and Democratic Audit.
In terms of public engagement, Andrew is committed to external collaborations and partnerships with different stakeholders and charities. In recent years Andrew has worked with various schools, school networks, education advisers and education training and support services to debate and rethink conventional approaches to school governance.