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researcher , Social scientist , adult educator

Karen Marilyn Evans, British social scientist, adult educator, researcher. Achievements include internationally recognised research leadership in the study of learning and work in contemporary societies.


Evans, Karen Marilyn was born on January 22, 1949 in London, United Kingdom. Daughter of William and Dorothy Watson.


Bachelor of Science with honors, University Bristol, 1967—1971. Doctor of Philosophy, U.Surrey, 1978—1982.


Extra-mural tutor/coordinator Centre Adult Education, Guildford, England, 1972—1982. Lecturer, senior lecturer University Surrey, 1982—1992, director postgraduate centre professional and adult education, 1992—2000, chair education, full professor, 1995—2001. Head school lifelong education and international development Institute Education, University London, 2001—2005, chair education, full professor, since 2001.

Director Center Excellence Work-Based Learning, 2005—2010. Senior technical officer South Africa Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Overseas Development Administration), London, 1988—1989. Visiting fellow Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada, 1994—1995.

Visiting professor University Melbourne, Australia, 1995—1996. International advisory board member Springer Academic Publications, Dordrecht, Netherlands, since 2002, Learning Lab, Denmark, 2003—2005. Editor COMPARE Journal, 2004—2009.

International advisory board member Helix Vinn Center, Sweden, since 2008. Lecturer in field; member Editorial Advisory Board: British Journal Educational Studies, Journal Voc. Education, Human Resources Development Review.


  • Achievements include internationally recognised research leadership in the study of learning and work in contemporary societies.



Member regional committee Further Education Funding Council, 1998—2000. Member governing council Young Men’s Christian Association National College, 1988—1993. School governor Rosebery School, Epsom, United Kingdom.

Vp Play Association, Surrey, 1989—1993. Special adviser House of Lords Select Committee, 2005. Fellow: Royal Society Arts.

Member: Society Educational Studies, National Research and Development Center Adult Literature and Numeracy (member management committee since 2003), British Association International and Comparative Education, British Educational Research Association, European Education Research Association, American Educational Research Association.


  • Other Interests

    Music, travel, theater.


Married Peter Nicholas Evans, September 9, 1972. Children: Matthew James, Sarah Rose.

William Watson

Dorothy Watson

Peter Nicholas Evans

Sarah Rose Evans

Matthew James Evans