Simon McGrath is Director of Research in the School of Education, University of Nottingham and Professor of International Education and Development. Previously he was Director of the Human Resources Development Research Programme of the South African Human Sciences Research Council. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Educational Development, a major international peer-reviewed journal on education's relationship with broader processes of economic, political, societal and cultural change.
He has published on a number of aspects of education - economy links, including vocational education and training systems in Africa, the skills development processes of micro and small enterprises, and the role of aid in shaping education. He advises a number of government departments (most notably in South Africa) and international agencies and was a member of the Secretariat of the Working Group for International Cooperation in Skills Development from 1996 to 2008. He is currently working for UNESCO as one of the core writing team of the World Report on TVET, to be launched early in 2012.