Past Event

Book launch: A tribute to Christopher Colclough

11 March 2021 13:00–14:30

REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge Watch on Zoom

Reforming Education and Challenging Inequalities in Southern Contexts: Research and Policy in International Development. A tribute to Christopher Colclough.

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Join us for a book launch event (organised by the REAL Centre at the University) to celebrate the work of the late Christopher Colclough (former IDS Research Fellow), who, as a leading figure in education and international development, played a key role in the global fight for education for all children. At the launch, the book editors will provide an overview of the book. Authors of the chapters, all of whom knew Christopher and his inspirational work well, will be present to answer questions from the audience.

Speakers include Sir Richard Jolly, IDS Research Associate and Pauline Rose, IDS Alumnus.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact [email protected].


Foreword: A Tribute to Chris Colclough
Sir Richard Jolly

Chapter 1: Education and the reform of social inequalities in the Global South: An introduction (open access)
Pauline Rose, Madeleine Arnot, Roger Jeffery and Nidhi Singal

Part 1: The Economics and Politics of Educational Reform
Chapter 2: The changing pattern of returns to education: What impact will this have on earnings inequality?
Harry Anthony Patrinos

Chapter 3: Unequal access to education: Accounting for change and counting costs.
Keith M. Lewin

Chapter 4: Education for All in India and Sri Lanka: The drivers and interests shaping egalitarian reforms.
Angela W. Little

Chapter 5: Public–private partnerships in education: Do they offer an equitable solution to education in India and Pakistan?
Monazza Aslam and Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

Chapter 6: The influence of politics on girls’ education in Ethiopia (open access)
Louise Yorke, Pauline Rose and Alula Pankhurst

Part 2: Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing Inequalities through Education

Chapter 7: Overriding social inequality? Educational aspirations versus the material realities of rural families in Pakistan (open access)
Arif Naveed

Chapter 8: Confronting social inequality through fertility change in Punjab, Pakistan: The role of girls’ schooling.
Feyza Bhatti and Roger Jeffery

Chapter 9: Teenage pregnancy and social inequality: An impediment to achieving schooling for all in Uganda.
Florence Kyoheirwe Muhanguzi and Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo

Chapter 10: Complementary basic education: Parental and learner experiences and choices in Ghana’s northern regions.
Leslie Casely-Hayford with Adom Baisie Ghartey and Justice Agyei-Quartey

Chapter 11: Addressing dilemmas of difference: Teachers’ strategies to include children with disabilities in rural primary schools in India.
Nidhi Singal

Chapter 12: Social distance, teachers’ beliefs and teaching practices in a context of social disadvantage: Evidence from India and Pakistan (open access)
Anuradha De and Rabea Malik


  • 13:00-13:10: Professor Pauline Rose – Welcome and introduction to the book
  • 13:10-13:15: Sir Richard Jolly – How the book fits with Christopher Colclough’s work over the decades
  • 13:15-13:25: Professor Roger Jeffery – Overview of Part I
  • 13:25-13:35: Professor Nidhi Singal – Overview of Part II
  • 13:35-13:40: Professor Kwame Akyeampong – Reflections on the contribution of the book
  • 13:40-14:20: Q&A discussion with Authors of book chapters
  • 14:20-14:30: Professor Madeleine Arnot – Concluding remarks