Alistair Ross

Professor of Politics and Education

London Metropolitan University

Jean Monnet ad personam Professor

Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences

This website is about to move to alistairross.uk

 ... this is another BREXIT casualty - I will no longer be allowed a .eu website.

but I will remain European!

Welcome to my website

I'm a (part-time) Senior Professor in Politics and Education, in the School of Social Sciences at London Metropolitan University.


I also have a Jean Monnet (ad personam) Chair in Citizenship Education in Europe, and am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).


I  used to be the Director of Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan, from 2000 to 2009, and I also established the Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network for the European Commission in 1998, and directed this till 2008.


I retired from full-time employment in the summer of 2009, since when I’ve been conducting a personal research study of how young people in Europe construct their political identities – locally, in their own state, as Europeans, and globally. I continue to be interested in researching and promoting policies for social justice and equity in education.


On this website you will find information on

  (click on the link below, or on the tabs at the top of the page)

the progress of my current major project, on how young people in Europe construct their political identities - with respect to their town, region, country/nation, Europe and beyond. This has covered 30 counties so far, 105 different places - see the map to the left -  and small group discussions with over 2000 young people between 11 and 20 – and it’s planned to grow further.  Two pages: 

Political IDs

  • gives an overview of the project, and my current plans and activities


  • describes my completed work, gives major outputs and some videos

Three pages on other aspects of my activities

In Print

  • Some extracts from my more recent works, that might be useful fa full list of all my publications, from 1972 to the present


  • Details of my other current activities, and my CV


  • extracts from many publications, available for downloading

Do contact me ...

 - it may take time before I reply, but I will get back to you.

alistairrosslondon[at]gmail.com    or     a.ross@londonmet.ac.com


Recent and forthcoming publications

  • Young Europeans’ construction of a Europe of human rights. 2020. London Review of Education, 18 (1) pp. 81-95. doi 10.18546/LRE.18.1.06
  • Finding political identities: Young people in a changing Europe. 2019. Palgrave Macmillan. Pp xxv+366. doi 10.1007/978-3-319-90875-5
  • Young Europeans constructions of nation, state, country and Europe. 2019. National Identities, 22, pp 1-7. doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2019.1694499
  • Constructing Europe and the European Union via Education Contrasts and Congruence within and between Germany and England [with Eleanor Brown, Beatrice Szczepek Reed, Ian Davies and Géraldine Bengsch]. 2019. Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society, 11 (2) 2, pp 1–29. doi: 10.3167/jemms.2019.1110201
  • Young Europeans: A New Political Generation?. 2018. Societies, 8(70), pp 1-24. 70.  doi.org/10.3390/soc8030070


 In press: (edited book)

  • Educational Research for Social Justice: Evidence and practice from the UK, Springer

       with chapters:

  • What do educational science and the public good mean in the context of educational research for social justice?
  • The construction of political identities: young Europeans’ deliberation on ‘the public good’
  • The problem of the public good and the implications for researching educational policies for social justice

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