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Professor Keri Facer

Professor Keri Facer

Professor Keri Facer
B.A.(Cantab.), M.Litt.(Strath.), D.Phil(Bristol)

Professor of Educational & Social Futures

Area of research

Professor of Educational and Social Futures

Office 2.15
Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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+44 (0) 117 331 4340


My primary focus at present is the relationship between universities and climate change. I am interested in all aspects of this question - from a reformist agenda to more radical revolutionary alternatives  - in order to examine what sorts of knowledge practices might be adequate for addressing the changed social, ecological, economic and cultural conditions of 2-4 degree global warming.

I am on secondment to the University of Uppsala, Sweden, as Zennstrom Chair in Climate Change Leadership from March 2019-October 2020.

I am interested in supervising PhD and Masters students in the following areas:

  • Educational Futures - in particular responses to environmental change
  • University futures - in particular the 'civic university' and changing university-public relationships to address change
  • Engaged and co-produced research - in particular critical reflections on these methods in terms of their implications for research quality and enabling wider social change
  • Learning Cities - I work with colleagues Helen Manchester and Magda Buchczyk to explore the learning practices in cities that may enable adaptation to rapid social and environmental change.
  • Digital Cultures - I am interested in the role of the digital as a potential impediment and resource in facilitating adaptive responses to environmental change


Keri Facer is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol, School of Education. She works on rethinking the relationship between formal educational institutions and wider society and is particularly concerned with the sorts of knowledge that may be needed to address contemporary environmental, economic, social and technological changes.

Her recent books include: Learning Futures: Education, Technology and Social Change (Routledge) and The Politics of Education and Technology (PalgraveMacMillan) with Neil Selwyn.  Her personal blog, with a full list of previous projects, publications and talks is available here

Since 2013, Keri has been Leadership Fellow for the RCUK Connected Communities Programme ( This £20m+ research programme is creating new relationships between communities and universities, drawing on arts and humanities perspectives and methods to enable new forms of knowledge production to address urgent contemporary issues. She also heads up the 80by18 project, that aims to mobilise cities’ resources for learning ( In an earlier stage in her career, Keri was Research Director at Futurelab where she brought together researchers, educators, digital artists, computer scientists and young people to create prototypes of new approaches to education. She has led large scale curriculum design programmes and collaborated with organisations including the BBC, RSA, Baltic Arts Centre, Becta, TDA, Electronic Arts and Microsoft as well as with Local Authorities across the UK. From 2007-2009 she led the Beyond Current Horizons strategic foresight programme for the UK government ( .


I am particularly interested in supervising students in the areas of:

  • educational futures
  • the relationship between economic, social, technological and environmental change and education
  • university public/community/civic engagement
  • student activism and new university models
  • informal learning
  • the relationship between digital technologies and educational change


  • Educational Futures
  • Digital Cultures
  • Social Justice
  • Public Engagement
  • Connected Communities


  • Member: BAFTA
  • RSA
  • Association of Professional Futurists



School of Education

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • Previous funders
  • collaborators and partners have included: the RSA
  • the BBC
  • Microsoft
  • Electronic Arts
  • AHRC
  • ESRC
  • TDA
  • Becta
  • QCA
  • the Co-operative College
  • Baltic Arts Centre

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