Philip Woods is Immediate Past Chair of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS), Professor of Educational Policy, Democracy and Leadership at the University of Hertfordshire, UK (where he is also Director of the Centre for Educational Leadership), and author of over 120 publications. Selected publications are featured below. His work focuses principally on education, democracy, leadership, policy, governance and entrepreneurialism, with special attention to democratic and distributed leadership, equity, and change towards more democratic and holistic organisational environments. His work includes the design of resources for senior leaders, teachers and others to support the development of distributed and democratic leadership, working with international colleagues through European Union funded networks – European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL, 2011-2015) and European Methodological Framework for Facilitating Collaborative Learning for Teachers (EFFeCT, 2015-2018) – and as a member of the US-based New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) network.
He has wide-ranging experience and expertise in leading, managing and participating in major funded projects for organisations including the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, UK government, European Union, National College for School Leadership, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and Learning and Teaching Scotland. He is experienced in undertaking academic and evaluative studies, developing recommendations on policy and practice to tight deadlines and providing keynote presentations, as well as being an active participant and leader in multiple international networks and supervising and teaching doctoral and masters students.