I joined the UCL Institute of Education in 2001, moving from a professorship in the University of Surrey to the Institute of Education Chair in Education and Lifelong Learning. I am committed to advancing the understanding of education as a process in which educated attributes, including the ability to read the world and reflect critically upon it, are fostered throughout the life course. The quality of learning matters in life and work transitions (including those of retirement as well as youth) and in the environments of workplaces and communities as well as educational institutions. My international and comparative research is enriched by collaboration with colleagues worldwide, in the interdisciplinary fields of youth studies, lifelong education, vocational and professional development. These research interests are reflected in books and journal articles published over three decades.