Mr Shailen Popat

Mr Shailen Popat

Institute of Local Government Studies
Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management

Contact details

School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Shailen works as a Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management based in the Institute of Local Government (INLOGOV), University of Birmingham. He is also a PhD student in Education at the University of Oxford where he is a Senior Hulme Scholar at Brasenose College. Shailen is a member of BELMAS and sits on the board of the SAGE journal, Management in Education.

Shailen has worked for many years in children and young people services for local authorities, charities and also his own social enterprise.  He tries to create educational programmes and environments which nurture the whole person and build self-esteem.

Feedback and office hours

Monday 11:00-12:30 and Tuesday 13:00-14:30


  • DPhil in Education, University of Oxford, Ongoing 
  • MA (Distinction) Educational Innovation, University of Warwick, 2015
  • Prince2 Registered Practitioner, FGI Ltd 2013
  • BA (Hons) Appled Social Sciences, University of London 2002


  • Finalist, 24 Housing Awards 2018 Care Provider of the Year
  • Finalist, Northamptonshire Education Awards 2015
  • Finalist, Pride of Northamptonshire Awards 2015


INLOGOV Masters Modules: 

Public Policy and Evidence 

Performance, Strategy and Challenge

Doctoral research

PhD title
How have primary schools interpreted and enacted Assessment without Levels?


Metrics, Performivity, Dissonance, Moral Compromises

Research interests 

  • Policy Creation
  • Policy Interpretation
  • Policy Enactment
  • History of Policy
  • Ideologies of Policy
  • Effective Assessment
  • Conducting Literature Reviews
  • Conducting Interviews and Focus Groups


Popat, S. (2019) ‘Book review: Sustainable School Leadership: Portraits of Individuality’, Management in Education. doi: 10.1177/0892020619881051 

Lenkeit, J., Caro, C., Ertl, H., Cheadle, S., Turner, G., Matthews, A., Khan, S. and Jo-Anne Baird, with Popat, S and Curle, S.(2019) The impact of preparation on TSA and BMAT test results – an institutional case study at Oxford University. Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment Report. OUCEA/19/3

Popat, S. (2018) Ethnicity and Education in England: How Lammy has distracted us.  Oxford Forum Journal, January 2018

Popat, S., Lenkeit, J., Hopfenbeck, T. N. (2017) PIRLS for Teachers – A review of practitioner engagement with international large-scale assessment results. Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment Report OUCEA/17/1)