Professor Lynn Ang is Professor of Early Childhood at the Department of Learning and Leadership, UCL Institute of Education (IOE). Her specialist expertise is early childhood education and development. Her work focuses on conceptualisations of children's learning and education, and the social, cultural, policy and macro-political environments that mediate and shape children's experiences from early childhood to primary education. Her work in the interdisciplinary fields of early childhood and international development examined the multiple levels of social determinants that affect children's lives particularly in low and middle-income countries. Lynn is interested in the diverse formal and informal contexts of children’s early experiences including preschool and home-based settings. Her research comprises the interrelated themes of international early years policy, early years curriculum, issues of diversity and equality, and early childhood care and education across cultures particularly in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific region. She has extensive methodological experience in evaluation research, systematic reviews, ethnography, qualitative and participatory methods in research.
Lynn has led several major funded research grants including principal investigator (PI) of the project 'Pedagogical Innovation and Leadership in the Early Years' (2016-17) funded by Newham Teaching Alliance and 'A comparative study of children’s daycare services in Japan and England' (2016-17) funded by the Daiwa Foundation. Lynn also led the first systematic review of international research evidence on early childhood and peacebuilding policies across fourteen conflict-affected countries funded by the United Nations and United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Her most recent work is Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) of a five-year study of The World Bank Early Learning Partnership (ELP) Programme (2018-2022) funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Department for International Development (DFID) UK, and a multi-donor trust fund; and Co-Investigator of a project on ‘Children’s engagement and negotiation of belonging in refugee populations’ funded by the Marsden Funding Council, New Zealand.
Lynn serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Early Years Education and Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) journal ARNEC Connections. Working Together for Early Childhood. She is a supervisor of Masters and Doctorate students. Lynn is Departmental Academic Head of Research (2017-present), IOE Head of Research Ethics and Governance (2015-present), and Chair of UCL Research Ethics Committee overseeing the overall governance of research ethics at UCL (2017-present).