Ben Durbin MA(Cantab) MSc

Head of International Education
b.durbin@nfer.ac.uk, +44 (0)1753 637334, Twitter

Ben Durbin is Head of International Education at NFER. He is an economist with over ten years’ experience in research and consultancy, during which time he has provided intellectual leadership on a wide range of education topics. He is an experienced team leader with a particular interest in outreach to policy and practice audiences to ensure that research is of maximum possible benefit to society.

As Head of International Education Ben is responsible for leading NFER’s growing international portfolio. This includes delivery of the PISA, TIMSS and PIRLS international studies in all four countries of the UK, and providing research, assessment and consultancy services to countries across Europe, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

From 2013 to 2016 Ben was the founding Head of Impact, leading a team which pioneered new approaches to getting evidence acted upon across the sector through commissioning new research, engaging extensively with external stakeholders, and working closely with communications and media experts. He was previously a Senior Research Manager at NFER where he designed and managed randomised control trials, led advanced statistical analysis of pupil and teacher data, developed techniques for evaluating the value for money of interventions, and provided psychometrics expertise on test development and outcome measurement.