Edward Sosu

Lecturer B

Personal Statement

Dr Sosu is a lecturer in the School of Education. He has a strong interest in quantitative methods and in addressing educational issues from a psychological perspective. His current research is predominantly focused on exploring how  socioeconomic disadvantage influences educational and psychological trajectories from childhood.

Dr Sosu received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde in 2008, and studied for an MSc degree at Lund University, Sweden. His first degree is a BEd (Hons) Psychology (1st class honours) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, followed by a one and half year experience as trainee clinical psychologist. In addition he obtained a postgraduate diploma in psychology (distinction) from the Open University in 2011.

Between 2008 and 2013, he worked for the University of Aberdeen, first as a research fellow on the Scottish Teachers for a New Era (STNE) project and subsequently as a lecturer in Education. During this period, Dr Sosu examined the impact of initial teacher education experiences on students’ cognitive dispositions and the extent to which these dispositions influence their classroom competence.


Research Interests

Childhood and Family – poverty and its effects on developmental trajectories in childhood; educational achievement and social mobility; parental involvement (incl. aspirations)

Methodology – quantitative methods; secondary data analysis; mixed methods; longitudinal designs; structural equation modelling; psychometrics

Teaching and Teacher Education – teacher cognition; teacher effectiveness; teacher expertise; pedagogical innovations

I am happy to supervise students with research interest involving any of the above areas.



  1. Child Development (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal peer review

  2. Journal of Traumatic Stress (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial board member

  3. Journal of Social Work (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal peer review

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