Caine Rolleston

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Dr. Caine Rolleston is a Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL-IOE).[1]

How their work relates to education systems

Rolleston has worked on education and international development in a range of countries including Ghana, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Peru, India and Sri Lanka. He is currently Senior Education Associate for the Young Lives comparative international study of childhood poverty, based at the University of Oxford. For Young Lives, Rolleston leads the development of school surveys and research on school effectiveness.

His research interests include issues in the economics of education in developing countries, educational access and equity, privatisation, learning metrics and trajectories, longitudinal studies in education and development, cognitive and non-cognitive skills development and survey design.

Brief biography

Rolleston received his PhD from the University of London in 2011, focusing on economics of education in Ghana.[1]  He also holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Oxford and MA and MRes degrees from the University of London.  Previously, he worked at The Department of International Development, at the University of Oxford on the Young Lives project—an international comparative study of childhood poverty in Ethiopia, Peru, Vietnam and India—and at the University of Sussex on the Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Equity and Transitions (CREATE).[1]

Rolleston currently serves as a member of the RISE Intellectual Leadership Team.[2] He is also a member of the World Bank's Education Technical Advisory Board, and of the UK Forum for International Education and Training's Executive Committee.

Key publications related to education systems

  • Oketch, M., & Rolleston, C. (2007). Chapter 5 Policies on Free Primary and Secondary Education in East Africa: Retrospect and Prospect. Review of Research in Education, 31(1), 131–158.
  • Tiruneh, D., Hoddinott, J., Rolleston, C., Sabates, R. and Woldehanna, T. 2021. Understanding Achievement in Numeracy Among Primary School Children in Ethiopia: Evidence from RISE Ethiopia Study. RISE Working Paper Series. 21/071.
  • Oketch, M., Rolleston, C., and Rossiter, J. 2020. Teacher Value-Added Using Young Lives Ethiopia School Survey Data - Diagnosing the Learning Crisis: Potential Applications of Value-Added Analysis.  RISE Insight Series. 2020/016.
  • Crouch, L. and Rolleston, C. 2017. Raising the Floor on Learning Levels: Equitable Improvement Starts with the Tail. RISE Insight.
  • Rolleston, C. 2016. Escaping a Low-­level Equilibrium of Educational Quality. RISE Working Paper Series. 16/008.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dr. Caine Rolleston. University College of London.
  2. Caine Rolleston. Research on Improving Systems of Education.