Dr Sarah Richardson is a globally-recognised education expert with 26 years’ experience in the education sector around the world. She is currently the Deputy CEO and Research Director of ACER UK, coordinating a team of researchers in the London office of ACER. She moved to this role from India, where she was the Research Director in the New Delhi office of ACER between 2016 and 2019, leading a team of researchers to undertake research and evaluation activities in South Asia and beyond.

Key areas of research for Dr Richardson include large scale student learning outcomes assessment, student learning, teacher training, international education, graduate employability and learning outcomes. Dr Richardson has led projects for clients including UNICEF, the World Bank, the OECD, the APEC Secretariat, the British Council and the Australian Government as well as other national governments and individual educational organisations.

Dr Richardson has been with ACER since 2010, in a number of senior research roles. Before commencing her research career, Dr Richardson was an English teacher for 15 years. She holds a PhD in Politics and Education from the University of Melbourne in Australia, a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in The Netherlands and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Human Geography from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.  

Dr Richardson gives numerous conference presentations and runs many workshops for educational experts. Dr Richardson has also published widely, including books, journal articles and reports. Her most recent book was published by Routledge in 2016 and is entitled ‘Cosmopolitan Learning for a Global Era: University Education in an Interconnected World’.