Professor Pauline Dixon
Professor International Development and Education

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Background

Pauline Dixon is a Professor of International Development and Education and has extensive experience working in Asia and Africa. Her major research interests are the theory of Austrian Economics, spontaneous order in economics, education vouchers in developing countries, children's literacy, giftedness and creativity and the regulation and privatisation of education in developing countries.

Pauline gained her PhD in 2003 from Newcastle University and has a First Class Honours degree from the Open University. She lectured in economics at the University of Northumbria in both the Business School and Economics departments from 1997 to 2000, before lecturing in education and international development at Newcastle University. She was the Principal Investigator on the Development Frontiers project funded by the ESRC regarding The Identification and Nurturing of High Ability Children in low income areas of Dar Es Salam, Tanzania. She was the Co-investigator on the John Templeton projects from 2003. 

Pauline has been working recently on the following projects: 

ESRC - Identification and Nurturing of High Ability Children in Low Income areas of Dar Es Salaam 2014-2015

John Templeton Foundation research - Education in Difficult Places 2011-2013

UBS AG - Extending Access to Quality Education for the Underserved 2011-2013

DfID - Lagos State Household Poverty and School Choice Research Study.  2012

She has published two books and over 50 articles and chapters. Her book "International Aid and Private Schools for the Poor: Smiles, Miracles and Markets" published by Edward Elgar in 2013 in the UK and US and was named as one of the top 100 books by the Times Literary Supplement. Her new book (2015) edited with Steve Humble and Chris Counihan is the "Handbook of International Development and Education"

Dixon has lectured at Brown University USA and presented on Capitol Hill, USA. She is associated with the London based charity Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) and the European based Geopolitical Information Services. She has been awarded a prestigious Luminary Award from the Free Market Foundation of South Africa. The award identifies and honours individuals making a unique contribution to the advancement of mankind, and was presented in Johannesburg, South Africa in the Autumn 2013.  

Pauline is currently the Degree Programme Director for the MA International Development and Education (MA (IDE)) and the MA International Development and Education with CCC (Cross Cultural Communication). She is Deputy Director of Sole Central and Research Director of the E.G. West Centre. She is a member of the newly formed Centre for Research on entrepreneurship, Wealth and Philanthropy (REWP). 

Qualifications

PhD - Newcastle University 
BSc (Hons) First Class - Open University
Diploma in Economics - Open University
Diploma in Music - Open University

Honours and Awards

Awards

The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year for “International Aid and Pirvate Schools for the Poor: Smiles, Miracles and Markets” Edward Elgar, 29th November 2013.

Luminary Award from the Free Market Foundation of South Africa. The award identifies and honours individuals making a unique contribution to the advancement of mankind. Awarded September 11th 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.   

First Place Winners - EG West Centre for their research in Asia and Africa. The 2006 Templeton Freedom Prize for Excellence in Promoting Liberty in Free Market Solutions to Poverty. Presented in Colorado Springs, USA April 2006

Don Lavoie Memorial Graduate Student Essay Contest Winner 2003 for “Regulation of Private Schooling for Low-Income Families in India: An Austrian Economic Approach”. She presented her paper at the Southern Economic Association conference in San Antonio, Texan, USA.

Informal Interests

Home, family and friends. Northumberland, birds, cats, running, weights and India.

Research Interests

Pauline's main area of research is carried out in private and government schools for the poor in developing countries - Asia and Africa. She has undertaken research using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Comparative analysis as well as carrying out census and survey field work on a large scale in India, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and China is one of her areas of expertise.

Pauline also looks at school choice in developing countries and is overseeing a randomised control trial (RCT) to consider the impact of the implementation of a voucher scheme in a slum in Delhi.

Other Expertise

Other areas of expertise include researching the regulatory environments in which private schools operate in India. Pauline also carries out research concerning the use of phonics in private and government schools in India to improve reading and writing in English. She is also investigating the effects of education vouchers on the private school's market and parents in slum areas of India.

Current Research

ESRC - Development Frontiers - The Identification and Nurturing of High Ability Children in low income areas of Dar Es Salam, Tanzania 2014-2015

Past Research

John Templeton Foundation research - Education in Difficult Places 2011-2013

UBS AG - Extending Access to Quality Education for the Underserved 2011-2013

DfID - Lagos State Household Poverty and School Choice Research Study.  2012 - 2013

Absolute Return for Kids 2010 - ongoing - Aspire and Enable project in Delhi, India. RCT for Education Vouchers. 

Orient Global Project 2007-2009

John Templeton Project was completed in December 2003- 2005

Future Research

Further research is being carried out to explore private schools for the poor in shanty towns, low income areas and slums around the world, now including South America as well as investigating how true markets work in education through the use of educaton vouchers.  It is also anticipated that the identification and nurturing of gifted and talented children in slum areas will become a major focus which will incorporate peer teaching and SOLEs. The use of education vouchers to allow children access to better quality education is also a focus linked with improving the quality of education delivery, initially through the use of phonics for the improvement of reading and writing in English. 

Research Roles

Deputy Director Sole Central

Research Director E.G. West Centre

Member of the Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Wealth and Philanthropy (REWP). 

Postgraduate Supervision

International development and education issues;

The use of synthetic phonics in developing countries;

Comparisons between private and state provided schooling.

Esteem Indicators

Top Five Esteem Indicators:

(1) TED x Glasgow "Englightenment 2.0" 4th March 2012 "How Private Schools Are Serving The Poorest" (watch TEDx talk at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzv4nBoXoZc )

(2) Keynote at "CADE 2012 Conferencia Anual de Ejucutivos", 26th April 2012, Panama City, Panama with Dr Nicolas Barletta ex Presidente de la Republica de Panama and the President of Peru.

(3)Keynote at the "World Literacy Forum 2012" 2nd April 2012 Oxford University.

(4) ED talk San Francisco at the "American Education Research Association" Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, USA, 30th April 2013

(5) Luminary Award from the Free Market Foundation of South Africa. The award identifies and honours individuals making a unique contribution to the advancement of mankind. Awarded September 11th 2013 in Johannesburg South Africa.  

Keynote/guest speaker and TV and radio appearances include:

THINK conference Institute of Economic Affairs, Royal Geographical Society, Guest Speaker London July 11th 2015

ESRC Impact dissemination including talks at Khan Academy, Google, Stanford University and the Hewlett Foundation, California, June 2015 

Kilimandjaro Radio, "60 Minutes Inside" Dixon special guest, 7th June 2015. 

University of Connecticut, Invited speaker by the Neag Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development, Center for Education Policy Analysis and Office of the Dean at the Neag School of Education, and the Office of Global Affairs "Slum Super Stars - Alleviating Poverty in Talented Children in Africa" 21st May 2015. 

After Dinner Speaker, Annual Dinner, Scottish Council of Independent Schools, Edinburgh, 24th April 2014. 

Tom Woods radio show, New York, USA 9th January 2014.

The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year for “International Aid and Private Schools for the Poor: Smiles, Miracles and Markets” Edward Elgar, 29th November 2013.

Lecture at Uppsala University, Sweden, “Private schools for the poor and implications for Sweden’s education policy – choice, for profit and vouchers” November 19th 2013

Lecture in Riksdagen, the Swedish Parliament: "The significance of the research findings in developing countries for Sweden’s voucher programme, school choice and for profit schooling". November 20th 2013. 

Luminary Award at Free Market Foundation - "Private Schooling to Overcome Poverty" 11th September 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa

CNBC Africa - Beyond Markets with Nozipho Mbajwa - Johannesburg, South Africa 11th September 2013 CNBC Africa 

GIBS and Acumen magazine interview with Bruce Whitfield, Johannesburg, South Africa 12th September 2013 GIBS Interview with Bruce Whitfield

Free Market Foundation of South Africa "Private Schools for the Poor - Smiles, Miracles and Markets" Johannesburg, South Africa 12th September 2013

Advisor for the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) Equinox Summit "Learning 2030". Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. September 29th - October 3rd 2013

WGSI - Learning 2030 Waterloo Canada with Mary Taws - The Agenda

Keynote "European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation" and the 9th International Gottfried von Haberler Conference, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, May 17, 2013 - "Are the Poor Getting Poorer and the Rich Getting Richer?"

ED talk San Francisco at the "American Education Research Association" Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, USA, 30th April 2013

Keynote at "CADE 2012 Conferencia Anual de Ejucutivos", 26th April 2012, Panama City, Panama with Dr Nicolas Barletta ex Presidente de la Republica de Panama and the President of Peru.

Keynote at the "World Literacy Forum 2012" 2nd April 2012 Oxford University.

Keynote address at "Doda, Brgger, and Jordis" March 2010, Vienna, Austria "Private Schools for the Poor"

Invited speaker, September, 2007, Zurich - The 3rd International Gottfried von Haberler Conference hosted by the European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation - talk entitled "Private Schools for Poor Kids".

Invited speaker, Feb, 2007, Washington DC, USA - Capitol Hill: a talk concerning private schools for the poor in Africa for Capitol Hill staff members. (see www.mercatus.org/Events/eventID.423/event_detail.asp for video of the event)

Invited speaker, Feb, 2007, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA: 2007 Chief of Staff Retreat: Markets and Democracy - The leading bi-partisan, off-the-Hill gathering for senior congressional staff. The Retreat offers participants a chance to explore pioneering economic ideas and interact across party lines.

Guest lecturer - Globalisation and Human Rights weekend seminar, July, 2006, George Mason University, Virginia, USA

Guest Lecturer - Brown University for the seminar on Exploring Liberty: Poverty and Prosperity, July 2006, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Liberty Fund conference, Education and Freedom, San Antonio, USA, March 2006

Speaker - 5th Annual Atlas Liberty Forum, April 2005, Miami, Florida – Focus on Latin America: Education Policy in Latin America

Speaker - Independent Schools' Council (ISC) Conference, March 2006, London

Liberty Fund Conference concerning the works of Hernando de Soto, Farfax, Virginia, January 2005.

George Mason University Law School, Mercatus Centre, seminar/presentation, January 12th 2005

Spontaneous Order Conference, George Mason University, organised by Atlas Economic Research Foundation, January 12th – 14th 2005.

Invited Guest speaker – The “Southern Economic Association Conference”, November, 2003, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Invited Guest speaker – “Private Schools for the Poor” November, 2003, The Heritage Foundation, Washington DC, USA.

Projects

Postgraduate Teaching

MA (International Development and Education) and MA (International Development and Education with Cross Cultural Communication).

Modules include
EDU8214 - "International Development: Theory and Practice"
EDU8211 - "Education Policy and Entrepreneurship for Development" and
EDU8212 - "Placement module". 

PhD students looking at areas of research in developing countries as well as international development and education and technology in developing countries