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Acting Director of Research, Reader in Global Development, Newcastle University

Dr Steve Humble MBE, is a Reader in Global Development and acting Director of Research in ECLS. He carries out research in sub Saharan Africa and India and teaches Global Development at UG, PGT and PhD levels.
He is an expert around analysing data from large samples using advanced statistical techniques using both STATA and SPSS. His most recent book "Quantitative Analysis of Questionnaires: Techniques to Explore Structures and Relationships" published by Routledge. The book provides an ideal textbook for students looking to improve statistical interpretation of choice decisions.
Humble is currently the Co-Investigator on grants totalling £1 million being carried out in India. First, funded by the Rising Tide Foundation "Identifying Best Practice for Empowerment Through Entrepreneurial Freedom" and second funded by the British Academy a project that is researching employment skills and empowerment for young women from rural and marginalised communities in Delhi, India.
His present research also includes phonics in government schools in northern Nigeria, HIV stigma in Zimbabwe, Gender Based Violence (GBV) in South Africa and coping strategies around COVID 19 in the UK and Asia.
One of two REF 2021 Impact Case Studies submitted in Education (UoA23) featured Steve's work in Africa and India. The ICS "Improving Primary and Secondary Schooling for the Marginalised in East and West Africa and India" shows how research at Newcastle University has been instrumental in changing education policy and practice internationally and has enabled grassroots awareness and knowledge transfer amongst communities, philanthropists, governments and NGOs.


  • 2012–present
    Reader in Global Development, Newcastle University


  • 2015 
    Newcastle University, PhD
  • 2003 
    Open University, Msc Mathematics


  • 2016
    How children living in poor areas of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, perceive their own Multiple Intelligences, Oxford Review of Education
  • 2015
    How to be Inventive when Teaching Primary Mathematics, Routledge
  • 2015
    In Search of Human Capital - Identifying Gifted Children in Poor Areas of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Edward Elgar
  • 2015
    Slum Super Stars, TEDx Newcastle
  • 2013
    Triangle Mysteries, The Mathematical Intelligencer
  • 2006
    Skimming and Skipping Stones, Teaching Mathematics and its Applications
  • 2002
    The Experimenter's A-Z of Mathematics, Routledge
  • 2001
    Rolling and spinning coin: a level gyroscopic processional motion, Teaching Mathematics and its Applications

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications


MBE for services to education 2016, Guinness World Record for 1001 children on a Maths Treasure Hunt Walk