Department of Education

Professor Chris James


Professor of Educational Leadership and Management

1 West North 3.17
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3280


Chris James is the Professor of Educational Leadership and Management in the Department of Education at the University of Bath. His main research interests are in the leadership and management in schools and colleges, the affective aspects of educational organisations, collaborative working in educational settings and school governing and governance.

During his career, Chris has worked with a range of public, private and not-for-profit organizations including numerous local authorities and schools. He has directed a large number of educational research projects with a total value in excess of £1 million and published over 200 items including six books. Chris has recently completed two research projects on school governing in England.

Research interests

  • Leadership and management in education
  • School governing and governance
  • Affective aspects of educational leadership and management
  • System psychodynamics
  • Collaborative working in educational settings

Current projects

  • Chair of Governors Research Project funded by CfBT Education Trust


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