Professor Yusuf Sayed

Professor Yusuf Sayed is a Co-Investigator on AFLA.

He is the South African Research Chair in Teacher Education, and Founding Director of the Centre for International Teacher Education (CITE), at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa; and Professor of International Education and Development Policy at the University of Sussex. He is also a Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University, South Africa.

Previously Yusuf was Senior Policy Analyst at the EFA Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO, Team Leader for Education and Skills, Department for International Development UK, and Head of Department of Comparative Education, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Yusuf is an education policy specialist with a career in international education and development research. His research focuses on education policy formulation and implementation as it relates to concerns of equity, social justice, and transformation.

He has published on various issues in international education and development including education quality and teacher education, exclusion and inclusion; and education governance and the role of the state; equity, financing and education. He has extensive international research experience, with recent countries of focus including South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Pakistan as well as with international organisations including UNESCO, UIS, and UNRWA.

He is presently engaged in several research projects on teachers and teacher education including the ESRC/DFID funded project  ‘Engaging teachers in peacebuilding in post conflict contexts: evaluating education interventions in Rwanda and South Africa’, a UNICEF Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding (RECEF), and several large-scale studies about teacher professionalism, teacher education and continuing professional development in South Africa and globally.