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Dr Edward Sosu

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Dr Sosu is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education. He has a strong interest in quantitative methods and in addressing educational issues from a psychological perspective. His current research is predominantly focused on exploring how  socioeconomic disadvantage influences educational and psychological trajectories from childhood.

Dr Sosu received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde in 2008, and studied for an MSc degree at Lund University, Sweden. His first degree is a BEd (Hons) Psychology (1st class honours) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, followed by a one and half year experience as trainee clinical psychologist. In addition he obtained a postgraduate diploma in psychology (distinction) from the Open University in 2011.

Between 2008 and 2013, he worked for the University of Aberdeen, first as a research fellow on the Scottish Teachers for a New Era (STNE) project and subsequently as a lecturer in Education. During this period, Dr Sosu examined the impact of initial teacher education experiences on students’ cognitive dispositions and the extent to which these dispositions influence their classroom competence.

Dr Sosu is the lead author of the influential Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Closing The Attainment Gap In Scottish Education (, and the research on Widening Access to Higher Education for Students from Economically Disadvantaged Backgrounds: What Works and Why? ( ) funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

Dr Sosu is a Centre for Health Policy Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy at Strathclyde University. 



Renaturing science : the role of childhoodnature in science for the anthropocene
Gray Donald, Sosu Edward M.
Research Handbook on ChildhoodnatureSpringer International Handbooks of Education, (2018)
Economic deprivation and its effects on childhood conduct problems : the mediating role of family stress and investment factors
Sosu Edward M., Schmidt Peter
Frontiers in Psychology, pp. 1-12, (2017)
Effects of family income dynamics and cognitive outcomes in early childhood
Sosu Edward
18th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, (2017)
'Are all beliefs equal?' Investigating the nature and determinants of parental attitudinal beliefs towards educational inclusion
Sosu Edward M., Rydzewska Ewelina
Educational Studies, pp. 1-33, (2017)
Widening Access to Higher Education for Students from Economically Disadvantaged Backgrounds : What Works and Why? [Summary Report]
Sosu Edward M., Smith Lauren N., McKendry Stephanie, Santoro Ninetta, Ellis Sue
Widening Access to Higher Education for Students from Economically Disadvantaged Backgrounds : What Works and Why?
Sosu Edward M., Smith Lauren N., McKendry Stephanie, Santoro Ninetta, Ellis Sue

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As well as supervising PhD and Masters students, I teach on the BA in Education, PGDE, MSc Early Years Pedagogue and  MEd Inclusive Education programmes. My contributions cover the following areas:

Poverty, Social Class and Educational Achievement

Learning Theories  


The Role of Social and Emotional Interaction in Child Development

Collaborative Learning

Development of Scientific and Mathematical Knowledge in Childhood

Educational Policy

Social Issues in Education

Research Methods

Research interests

My primary research focus is on the relationship between poverty and developmental outcomes. I am interested in understanding the mechanisms by which socioeconomic circumstances and experiences of poverty influence educational attainment and psychological outcomes across the lifespan. I harness the power of large longitudinal datasets to aid our understanding of these mechanisms. My goal is to undertake research that drives policies and practices which can improve outcomes for those experiencing adversity nationally and internationally.


Specific Research Interests:

  1. Childhood and Family–poverty and its effects on developmental outcomes; social mobility; parental beliefs (inc. aspirations)
  2. Methodology – quantitative methods; structural equation modelling; secondary data analysis; longitudinal designs; psychometrics; mixed methods
  3. Teacher Education –teacher effectiveness; teacher expertise; pedagogical innovations

Professional activities

Poverty and developmental outcomes: Understanding and supporting families to thrive
British Psychological Society Psychology of Education Annual Conference
Poverty and children’s educational outcomes: What do psychological theories have to offer? - Presentation of ‘Psychology in the Pub’ event
Child Development (Journal)
Peer reviewer
External Examiner (Ph.D.), Trinity College Dublin
Scottish Funding Council, Access and Inclusison Commitee (External organisation)

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Evidence into Action: Promoting Equitable Access to Quality (PEAQ) Educational Experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa
Sosu, Edward (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2018 - 31-Jul-2018
Nurturing School Ethos to Improve Educational Attainment
Cassidy, Claire (Principal Investigator) Holmes, Joanna (Co-investigator) Klein, Markus (Co-investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2017 - 31-Mar-2019
Family background and educational attainment: An investigation into the mediating role of school absenteeism
Klein, Markus (Principal Investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2018 - 30-Nov-2019
Cognitively Guided Instruction
Moscardini, Lio (Principal Investigator) Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator)
Period 16-Feb-2016 - 30-Jun-2016
Closing the poverty attainment gap in Scottish Education
Sosu, Edward (Principal Investigator) Ellis, Susan (Co-investigator)
Period 27-May-2014 - 27-May-2014
Widening Access to Higher Education -Research Dissemination Conference
Sosu, Edward (Principal Investigator) Ellis, Susan (Co-investigator)
Period 22-Jun-2016 - 22-Jun-2016

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