School of Policy & Practice


Primary Department
School of Policy & Practice
Head of School
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 111

Academic biography

Martin Brown is Head of School of Policy and Practice at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University (DCU) and co-director at EQI – The Centre for Evaluation Quality and Inspection, also based at DCU. He is an Expert Evaluator to the European Commission, advisor to the Teaching Council of Ireland and an adjunct faculty member of the Centre for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Illinois. He has planned and led evaluations in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Europe and the Middle East; working for, among others, the European Commission, Dept. of Education and Skills (Ireland), the State Education Development Agency (Latvia) and the United Arab Emirates government.

He has received two all Island SCOTENS Awards (2018/2020) for outstanding research in Teacher Education and has received the President of DCU Gold medals for Research Impact and Teaching and Learning (2020). In 2021 he also received the President of DCU Gold medal for Civic Engagement. 

Martin has a B.Sc and H.Ed from NUI Maynooth and an M.Sc and PhD from Dublin City University. 

Research Interests
Research Interests include Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, Comparative Education, School and Community Evaluation, Professional Learning Networks, Leadership,  Policy Influences in Education, Inclusion in Education and Digital Technologies in Education.

Martin also has a research interest in teaching and learning in digital environments having designed and developed online Teacher CPD programmes for the PDST and PDST Technology in Education on priority government initiatives such as School Self Evaluation and ePortfolios for Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

Current Funded Research Projects

Martin is the Project Coordinator and Principal Investigator tor for the following funded research projects: (1) Erasmus+ Repurposing Education through Blended Learning (REBEL); (2) Erasmus+ Supervising schools in the 21st Century; (3) Erasmus+ Supporting Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Leadership in Schools (CRELES);(4) Erasmus+ Inter-Cultural Community Evaluation and Planning in Schools (ICCEP); (5) Integrating co-professional evaluation through civic engagement in Northern Ireland; (6) SCOTENS - Readiness and Practice (RAP): An investigation of ITE Students’ Readiness and Practice for Assessment and Evaluation in a Digital World; SCOTENS - Virtual Reality in Teacher Education (VRITE).

Research interests

Research interests include: Policy Influences in Education, Comparative Education, Assessment, School Inspection, School Self-Evaluation, Programme Evaluation, Inclusion and teaching and learning in digital environments. Click here for current funded research projects.