Helen E. Lees Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Helen E. Lees

Reader in Alternative Education Studies
Newman University

Dr Helen E Lees researches alternative education and things other such as silence, alternative sexualities, adoption, consent in society. Her work is philosophical in nature but often uses data from her own empirical research and that of others with which to think. She received her doctorate in Education from University of Birmingham in 2011 and has since worked in the fields of educational theory and education studies.

Subjects: Education


I began researching education because when training to be a secondary school teacher I found schooling was various forms of violence done to children and staff. Lucky for me I got Clive Harber- author of the Routledge book Schooling as Violence - as my supervisor at Birmingham University and worked also with Nick Peim. So a perfect team for my philosophical work on educational alternatives. Since then I have worked at Stirling University on educational theory and now at Newman University in Birmingham. I am interested in education but think that we need to be interdisciplinary if we are to move beyond a stuck educational imagination. So I'm an explorer. I enjoy teaching students about alternative education and watching the shifts in consciousness that occur. I supervise doctoral students in the areas of alternative education and seek actively to build community of alternative educationista. To this end I founded and edit the journal Othereducation.org, co-convene with my colleague Max Hope the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Alternative Education SIG and edit a book series on alternative education.


    PhD, Birmingham University, Birmingham, 2011
    Ba Hons Philosophy, Durham University, 1995

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Home education, democratic education, philosophies of alternative education, education about alternative sexualities, adopter and adoptee expereince, silence in education, silence in society.

Personal Interests

    I like all kinds of art and culture.


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Ethics and Education

Is R.S. Peters’ way of mentioning women in his texts detrimental to philosophy..

Published: Mar 15, 2018 by Ethics and Education
Authors: Helen E. Lees
Subjects: Education

This article considers the unfortunate way R.S. Peters made mention of women when it was pertinent to his argumentation: portraying them, directly or indirectly, as abuse-able (murderable), deficient, aberrant, clueless and inconstant. It is argued that the high profile and esteem within which Peter's texts are held within philosophy of education might be a problem for it as a scholarly mixed gender community.