Formerly the Professor of Education Policy at Newcastle University, James Tooley has been appointed in the position of Professor of Educational Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The University of Buckingham. Professor Tooley is best known for his ground-breaking research on low cost private education in developing countries. This research won numerous awards including a gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition, the Templeton Prize for Free Market Solutions to Poverty, and the IEA’s National Free Enterprise Award.
Tooley’s findings are reported in a range of books and publications including The Beautiful Tree: a personal journey into how the world’s poorest people are educating themselves (Penguin and Cato Institute), which became a best-seller in India and won the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize.
His research was also profiled in documentaries for the BBC and PBS. His other books include Education, War and Peace and Liberty to Learn.
He said: “I’ve joined the Department for Economics and Entrepreneurship, as Professor of Educational Entrepreneurship and Policy. It’s a delight to be here – it turns out that Buckingham is my kind of town, small enough to feel intimate and close to nature, tucked into a curve of the charming River Great Ouse, but large enough to be able to sustain The University of Buckingham’s calibre. I couldn’t be happier to have landed here.”