Learning about place

Understanding lifelong learning and social mobility in Covid Britain

Learning about place: Understanding lifelong learning and social mobility in Covid Britain is a major new report undertaken by Professor Graeme Atherton (NEON and the University of West London) and Dr Barry Colfer (Policy Network).

The report explores the evolving and multidimensional understanding of ‘place’ and opportunities to live, learn and work where you grew up, and the sense of identity and attachment that people feel for their local areas.


Centre for Levelling Up

The Centre for Levelling Up (CELUP) is a new research centre at the University of West London which will be producing policy relevant research focused on addressing inequality. To contact the head of the centre Professor Graeme Atherton please email him on: [email protected]





University of West London

The University of West London is a public research university which has campuses in Ealing and Brentford in Greater London, as well as in Reading, Berkshire.



About Barry Colfer

Barry Colfer holds a PhD from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and is a research fellow at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy and at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. Barry has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford and at Harvard University and studied previously at University College Dublin where he spent two years in student politics. Barry’s research interests include the future of work, European politics and the social and political consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Barry has produced and contributed to dozens of research projects and publications with a focus on public policy.