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Professor of Education, University of Reading

Naz Rassool is Professor in Education at the Institute of Education, The University of Reading where she is part of the research group on equity inclusion and improvement. She has published widely within the fields of the political economy of language in education, literacy and development; language relations within the global cultural economy, new managerialism in education and the sociology of technology in education.

She is currently researching gender and education Pakistan, alongside work on ESL policy and pedagogy in England and Scotland, and the use of open educational resources for learning in developing countries. She is currently working on a project on e-learning and distance education in developing countries as well as on a manuscript based on research on the importance of female role models in education in Pakistan.

She is the author of Global Issues in Language, Education and Development: Perspectives from Postcolonial Countries (2007); Literacy for Sustainable Development in the Age of Information (1999); co-author with Louise Morley of School Effectiveness: Fracturing the Discourse (1999) and co-editor with Kevin Brehony of Nationalisms Old and New (1999). Recent publications include: ‘The Political Economy of Language: English vs. national and local languages in developing countries’, in (Eds.) E. Erling and P.Seargeant English and International Development (2013); ‘English and Migration’ in (Eds.) A. Hewing and C.Tagg The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition and Co-existence (2012); ‘Considering Heteroglossia in Language and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa’, International Journal of Sociology of Language (2014).


  • –present
    Professor of Education, University of Reading


  • 2014
    Developing government policies for distance education: Lessons learnt from two Sri Lankan case studies, Liyanagunawardena, T. R., Adams, A. A., Rassool, N. and Williams, S. A, International Review of Education