Edward Sosu


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Personal Statement

Dr Sosu is a Senior Lecturer, and currently Research Director 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 (http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/education-attainment-scotland-full.pdf), and the research on Widening Access to Higher Education for Students from Economically Disadvantaged Backgrounds: What Works and Why? (https://pure.strath.ac.uk/portal/files/55895221/Sosu_etal_2016_widening_access_to_higher_education_for_students_from_economically_disadvantaged_backgrounds.pdf ) funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

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


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

Teaching Interests

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, University of Strathclyde

Master of Social Science, Lund University

Bachelor of Education, University of Cape Coast

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Projects 2013 2024

Research Output 2008 2019

11 Downloads (Pure)

Closing the Inequality Gap in Children's Educational Attainment in Ghana - A Research Brief

Sosu, E., Nyarko, N. Y., Fleischer-Djoleto, D., Mtika, P., Pimenta, S., Wilson, C. & Nyartsikor, M., 30 Apr 2019, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde. 4 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
secondary school
educational inequality
education system
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Closing the Inequality Gap in Children's Educational Attainment in Malawi - A Research Brief

Sosu, E., Mtika, P., Maulidi, F., Pimenta, S. & Wilson, C., 30 Apr 2019, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde. 4 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
educational inequality
education system
primary school
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Internationalising teacher education in China and Scotland

Author: Li, H., 1 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Sosu, E. (Supervisor) & Costa, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Learning nursing : gaining an insight into what helps students to make sense of nursing knowledge and practice

Author: YOUNG, B., 1 Feb 2013

Supervisor: Cohen, W. (Supervisor) & Sosu, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2006 2019

Who is Missing Out on School? The Role of School Absenteeism in the Poverty Related Attainment Gap

Markus Klein (Speaker), Edward Sosu (Speaker)
30 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Poverty and developmental outcomes: Understanding and supporting families to thrive

Edward Sosu (Speaker)
24 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk