Educational leadership


Emerald and SDGs
An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Educational leadership with vision is critical to academic success for all students; done well, it positively affects staff and student morale, performance and outcomes. What are the problems affecting leaders? How can you structure your decision making and be a better leader? How can you help your institution to be intrinsically inclusive and support the leaders of tomorrow?
Together with some of our partners and authors, we’ve been exploring this subject.

We’re searching for more authors to publish with us in the field of education, we’d love to hear from you.

This mission supports our Quality education for all goal



Educational leadership

Listen to this insightful discussion on school system leadership with three inspiring educational leaders.

Discussing school and district leadership in the face of the pandemic, school to school collaboration and networking partnerships, building support systems, capacity building, and much more.

Watch on YouTube

Author thoughts

Some of our authors have been sharing their research in different ways; check out our chatty podcasts, blogs or a presentation video to find out more.

Open access publishing 101

In this webinar amongst other subjects, we’ll cover the educational leadership research landscape: Who is researching in the educational leadership field? Where is it being conducted? Where does it get published?

Understanding decision-making in educational contexts

Stephanie Chitpin, Professor of Leadership and Educational Theory at the University of Ottawa in Canada discusses how leaders make decisions in institutions. Should they follow their gut feelings and intuition, or should they partake in critical decision-making?

Educational leadership in challenging times

Carol A Mullen from the School of Education, Virginia Tech in the USA makes the case for social justice leadership as an essential competency for influencing school culture, teacher development, and student learning.  

Winner of the ICSEI/JPCC 2021 Innovation Award

Rethinking professional collaboration and agency in a post-pandemic era

Paul Campbell

Research exploring the role of professional collaboration and agency during the global COVID-19 pandemic and possible lessons for the future from the perspective of a teacher, leader and postgraduate researcher.

> View the infographic  |  > See the full article

What's in the infographic?

  • The COVID-19 pandemic placed teachers and school leaders as education’s front-line responders.
  • They ensured continuity of learning and the well-being of students and families.
  • The pandemic, in places, forced a redistribution of power, enabling teachers and school leaders to re-evaluate priorities and make decisions about how best to support their communities.

What can we learn from how professional collaboration and the capacity to exercise agency were manifested throughout the pandemic?

Results from this study, using Scotland and Hong Kong as contexts of study, revealed...

Professional collaboration that enables responsive approaches to emerging community needs requires critical reflection on the forms it takes, the drivers behind it, and the influences on it

  • The pandemic created locally responsive and diverse approaches to curriculum and teaching methods
  • There was a decrease in models favouring performativity and standardisation
  • There was an increase in teachers and school leaders designing their own forms of collaboration for purposes and goals determined by the results of their self-evaluation, and reflection on community needs
  • Professional expertise and community knowledge in decision-making had a positive impact
  • Teachers and leaders with greater agency were able to make more informed decisions, develop greater professional capital and build an even more sophisticated understanding of their professional identity and self-e­fficacy
  • Collaboration thrived when relationships and trust were emphasised and commonalities were sought across language used, organisational cultures and social systems at play

This review won the ICSEI/JPCC Innovation Award 2021

Teachers, school leaders and education systems are key to building better societies, but to achieve these laudable goals, broader consideration of the systemic structures and mechanisms that frame their work is required.

Rethinking professional collaboration and agency in a post-pandemic era
Professional Capital and Community
P. Campbell (2020) DOI: 10.1108/JPCC-06-2020-0033

Related books

Some of our authors have been investigating how to teach through disruption in the modern world. You are invited to see some of their research, a taster chapter of each book can be accessed here.

For a limited time only, these chapters are free access; the books can be purchased from our bookstore.

Browse our bookstore

Related journal articles


Exploring the current context for Professional Learning Networks, the conditions for their success, and research needs moving forwards

Chris Brown
Emerald Open Research

Can academic leadership competencies have effect on students' cognitive, skill and affective learning outcomes? Higher education perspective

Omaymah Radwan, Simin Ghavifekr, Ahmad Zabidi Abdul Razak 
Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

Health implications of job-related stress, motivation and satisfaction in higher education faculty and administrators

Denelle Mohammed, Edrea Chan, Rezwan Ahmad, Aleksandar Dusic, Cheryl Boglarsky, Patrick Blessinger, Rana Zeine
Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education
Search Emerald Insight for more articles

Calls for papers

We’re looking for submissions to upcoming special issues. Click through to find out how to get an article published in one of our peer reviewed journals.

Special issues

Search Emerald Insight for more articles

Publish open access in our quality education for all gateway 

Our quality education for all gateway sits on our open access platform Emerald Open Research. The gateway allows research findings to be immediately shared across the world. All research published is openly available to read, download and share. 

Talk to us about your work

We love hearing from researchers and practitioners about their work.

If you would like to contribute to this page please let us know by filling in this form. 

  • Current Your details
  • Area(s) of interest
  • Consent

Mission-led research – our four goals

Our core area of focus is interdisciplinary research aligned with the UN SDGs, with four key goals in mind, all of which are about creating real world impact, at a time when it's needed most.

Fairer society

We are passionate about working with researchers globally to deliver a fairer, more inclusive society. This perhaps has never been more important in today’s divided world...



Healthier lives

We understand the value of a world that recognises and protects the most vulnerable and acknowledges the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body...



Responsible management

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working...



Quality education for all

We believe in quality education for everyone, everywhere and by highlighting the issue and working with experts in the field, we can find ways we can all be part of the solution...