Dr Nathan Archer is Director of the International Montessori Institute in the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. Following initial education as a Montessori teacher, he has worked in a number of roles in practice, policy and research in early childhood education in England. His research focuses on issues of social justice through critical policy analysis and studies of the agency and professional identities of educators. He has a keen interest in early childhood workforce policy and has published recently on the advocacy, resistance and activism of early childhood educators. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Early Childhood Research.