Robert Cowen is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University Of London Institute Of Education, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and the immediate Past President of the Comparative Education Society in Europe. He is Reviews Editor and Member of the Editorial Board of Comparative Education. He has acted as a consultant for the World Bank, IBE, and UNESCO.
Formerly, he was a Reader in Comparative Education in the University of London Institute of Education and at various times was fortunate enough to work as a Visiting Professor at the University of Brasilia, the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, the University of La Trobe in Melbourne, and SUNY, Buffalo, as well as working for several years as a school teacher in the East End of London and then as Lecturer in Sociology at the Furzedown College of Education in London. His specialization is Comparative Higher Education.