Educational and Social Research and Development

Livelab is passionate about researching and improving learning, education, the environment and society.

A Pupil Pledge: Free resource (poster) to challenge and support teachers and schools who want to promote learning about the environment and climate change.


Drawing on vast experience and expertise in the fields of sociology, education and educational technology, we employ a range of research methods to explore learning and teaching, and provide evidence informed insights that enhance educational experiences and promote innovative approaches to social challenges. 

We are involved in a range of research and development projects, proving expertise in the following areas: 

  • research and evaluation services and projects 
  • digital literacy and 21st Century skills
  • sociology and social scientific research and methods
  • educational technology for social good and critical perspectives on technology 
  • learner voice and empowerment 
  • environmental learning
We are currently working on the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning - Core and Transferable Skills Framework. we have recently authored professional development assets aimed at enhancing Digital Literacy on behalf of the British Council for their 'Connecting Classrooms' Programme. Additionally, we have also produced materials linking Digital Literacy to Responsible Consumption and Production. 

We are currently leading the research and evaluation strand of the Teachers First project in Egypt on behalf of Imagine Education. The project seeks to enhance teacher performance through the use of near field communication technologies and an intensive programme of professional development. 

We also recently led the research and development strand of the Whole School ICT Development (WSID) project in Brunei, for partners Imagine Education.

Livelab were recently involved in developing a series of activities and outputs focussing on Critical Perspectives on Educational Technology

Dr Tim Rudd also recently co-edited the book 'Negotiating Neoliberalism: Developing Alternative Educational Visions'. The book highlights the central features of neoliberal education policies, their origins, recent developments and provides insights into the day to day realities and negative impacts of recent policies on professional practice.

If you wish to find out more about what we do, please visit our contacts page. For more information on the type of work we do, please visit the projects and publications pages.