An alumnus of Downing College, Robin Alexander holds masters, doctoral and higher doctoral degrees from Cambridge and further qualifications from the universities of Durham, London and Manchester. He has worked in schools as well as universities, the latter in both Britain and overseas.
Alongside donors, governments, NGOs and schools in India, he has supported the drive to universalise basic education in line with UN goals. From 2006-17 he initiated and directed the Cambridge Primary Review and then chaired its successor the Cambridge Primary Review Trust. For this he received the 2015 BERA/Sage Public Impact Award. He is an elected Fellow of the British Academy (where he currently chairs the Education Group) and the Academy of Social Sciences, has won the American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award and (twice) the Society for Educational Studies Book Award, and has been awarded honorary doctorates by three universities. He is past President of the British Association for International and Comparative Education and a Trustee of Children and the Arts.