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Who we are

James Croft, Founder and Chair

James Croft was the Founding Director of the Centre for Education Economics (CfEE), and remains its Chair.

As of 16th October 2017, James assumes the role of Editor at Education Investor magazine. The Board are now engaged in a search for his successor. In the interim, until 1st January, James remains responsible for the Centre's events and outreach.

James has authored and co-authored a number of reports for the Centre and its partners, including most recently, Optimising autonomy: a blueprint for education reform (2017); Taking a lead: how to access the leadership premium (2016) and Collaborative overreach: why collaboration probably isn't key to the next phase of school reform (2015). James comments regularly in the press on education policy.

Gabriel Heller SahlgrenDirector of Research

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren is CfEE's Director of Research. He is also Affiliated Researcher at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm, Sweden, and a PhD student at the London School of Economics. He is the author of Incentivising excellence: school choice and education quality, which discusses the conditions that need to prevail for choice to produce higher achievement, and of Real Finnish Lessons: the true story of an education superpower, published by the Centre for Policy Studies. He is also the author of the paper Schooling for money: Swedish education reform and the role of the profit motive, for which he was awarded the Arthur Seldon Award for Excellence. Gabriel is Editor of CMRE's Monthly Research Digest.