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Research interests

International award winning educator, researcher and author Dr Marlon Moncrieffe is a council member of the British Educational Research Association, and Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. His international interdisciplinary research crosses the fields of social sciences; and arts and humanities, using narrative and biographical approaches with particular focus through the lenses of history, sociology, and sport, providing knowledge and education for all.

His research and knowledge dissemination is respected as world leading in education for Decolonising and Diversifying Curriculum Knowledge. He has written and presented individually and led symposia on this theme of education for leading networks and learned societies across the world such as International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET); International Association for Biography and Autobiography (IABA); Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE); European Association of History Educators (EuroClio); British Educational Research Association (BERA); The Society for Educational Studies (SES); The Chartered College of Teaching (CCT). He has be invited to review and write articles for various international educational journals including Oxford Review of Education, Oxford Research Encyclopedia, British Educational Research Journal and Innovations in Education and Teaching International. He has published his research work for non academic audiences including via the The Daily Telegraph, The Conversation, The Big Issue.

His international research on cycling and particularly the involvement and lives of elite and professional Black champion cyclists over the last 100 years is respected as world leading interdisciplinary research with methodological design and analysis through arts and humanities; and multiple social scientific theories. He has shared his groundbreaking work across the world for leading networks including the British Society of Sports History (BSSH) and the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) in the UK, the USA, Germany, Austria, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and via multiple publications in multiple formats and via multiple television broadcasts including The BBC, Eurosport, and ITV Tour de France coverage (see below). He has reviewed articles and written for various international research journals including Sport in Society and Sport in History, and his research and written work has featured in national and international publications such as The Daily Telegraph, The Conversation, The Voice, Velonews, Bicycling, Cycling Weekly, Procycling Magazine.


Current and recent national\international research collaborations:

Principal Investigator Picturing the past, present, and future in the imaginations, dreams and journeys taken by young women in Nepal and Rwanda. Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP). Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Global Challenges Research Fund. January 2023 to August 2023. 

Principal Investigator Training and empowering teachers to become community cycling Champions – A small-scale study with Western Cape Province teachers of South Africa. Ignite 2. Community University Partnership Project, April to July 2022. See the project work and findings here

Principal Investigator Consolidation, learning and evaluation in Kenya and Rwanda: A critical review of Changing the Story projects in Eastern Africa (Decolonsing Curriculum Knowledge). Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Global Challenges Research Fund. October 2019 to August 2021. See the project work and findings here. See our Virtual Reality learning site here.

Principal Investigator Examining Interpretations of Civil National Values made by Young People in Post-Conflict Settings (Kenya and Nepal) Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Global Challenges Research Fund, March 2019 to March 2020. See the project work and findings here.

Principal Investigator Empowering community in creating and embedding cycling lifestyles - a small-scale impact case study with trainee-teachers and early career teachers. UKRI Participatory Action Research Fund, January to July 2022.


Research, Teaching and Writing awards:

2022 Desire Discrimination Determination - Black Champions in Cycling Sunday Times Cycling Book of the Year Winner

2022 The Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History - British Society of Sports History Shortlist

2022 'Best Writer' Bright Lights Awards Ceremony – BLAC Awards Shortlist

2021 Desire Discrimination Determination - Black Champions in Cycling William Hill Sports Book of the Year Longlist

2021 Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge: Teaching and Learning about Race Equality Research and Enterprise Excellence Award - University of Brighton.

2020 Fellow - Chartered College of Teaching.

2019 Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning Award - University of Brighton.

2018 Research and Enterprise 'Rising Star' Award - University of Brighton.

Supervisory Interests

Dr Moncrieffe is interested to support doctoral studies proposed on the following themes: International Education - Global Challenges; Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge; Interdisciplinarity in Research: Education, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Arts Based Methodologies, History, Sociology, Sport (Cycling); 20c Black British History to the present day. Send your CV and a two page doctoral project proposal overview to M.L.Moncrieffe@brighton.ac.uk

Knowledge exchange

Dr Moncrieffe is the Knowledge Exchange Leader and Chair of the Research Ethics and Integrity Committee.  He is currently serving as a commissioner for the National Education Union's Independent Commission on Assessment in Primary Education.

His groundbreaking Education Studies monograph Decolonising the History Curriculum: Eurocentrism in Primary School Education is recognised widely for sharing leadership, theoretical knowledge, expertise, and evidenced-based research work with many national and international authorities including:

  • The House of Lords - UK Parliament, Justice and Home Affairs Committee
  • The House of Commons - UK Parliament, Education Sub-Committee;
  • The Chartered College of Teaching;
  • The National Education Union;
  • Advance HE;
  • The British Educational Research Association (BERA). 

His leadership on Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge has been disseminated widely and internationally in publications such as Decolonising the Curriculum - Transnational Perspectives. His forthcoming book (Autumn 2022) commissioned by Palgrave Macmillan is an international collection of chapters entitled: Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge: International Perspectives and Interdisciplinary Approaches. This includes unique contributions from special Global North and Global South scholars, researchers and educators from: UK, Colombia, Kenya, Rwanda, Nepal, Mauritius, Canada, Norway, The Russian Federation, Thailand, The Republic of Poland, Netherlands, Australia, South Africa and Namibia. 


His interdisciplinary approach to research and scholarly activity sees him recognised in cycle sport as a world leading expert in presenting the narrative histories on the lives and careers of Black cycling champions (see his work with the BBC). Through his original research work entitled Made in Britain: Uncovering the life-histories of Black-British Champions in Cycling Dr Moncrieffe has won national and international acclaim for its anti-racist messaging in support of diversity and inclusion in cycling. The messaging and recommendations from his research work have been adopted in policy by British Cycling. This research work has been exhibited in various famous venues across the UK. This has also featured in multiple publications and broadcasts on BBC Television, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio London, Sky TV, Eurosport, ITV Tour de France, Australian and USA Radio. His book emanating from this research entitled: Desire*Discrimination*Determination: Black Champions in Cycling was published in August 2021 by Rapha Editions, Blue Train Publishing and longlisted for the world renowned William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and winner of the prestigious Sunday Times Cycling Book of the Year. Dr Moncrieffe has shared this work with diverse audiences worldwide through invited via book talks, exhibitions, and various other public engagement activities in cities across the USA, Germany, Austria, South Africa, The Netherlands, and UK.

Scholarly biography

Dr Moncrieffe joined the University of Brighton in 2013. Prior to his work in higher education, he was a primary school teacher for fifteen consecutive years working in London, Surrey, West Sussex and Berkshire. He has worked in both state and independent sectors. He was Head of Maths, Head of English, Head of Physical Education and Assistant Headteacher leading colleagues on assessment and creative curriculum developments for advancing teaching and learning with children. These experiences enable his knowledge and expertise for consultancy, research examination and writing in this area of professional activity.

He is formerly a competitive racing cyclist. He raced for 20 years and he has won multiple British, European and World championship awards. This experience enables his knowledge and expertise for consultancy, research examination and writing in advancing this area of professional activity.


Some recent and forthcoming publications:


Moncrieffe, M. L. (2022) Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge: International Perspectives, Interdisciplinary Approaches. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) Desire*Discrimination*Determination: Black Champions in Cycling. London: Rapha Editions, Blue Train Publishing

Moncrieffe, M. L., (2020) Decolonising the History Curriculum: Eurocentrism in Primary School Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Edited collections

Moncrieffe, M.L., Markowska-Manista, U., Mwangi, J., & Gower, C. P. (Eds.) (2022) Pandemic, Protests, Recovery, Opportunities: Repositioning of research, teaching, and learning. London: BERA

Moncrieffe, M. L. (Ed.) (2021Decolonising the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning about Race Equality – Issue 4, May 2021. 

Moncrieffe, M.L., (Ed.) (2020Decolonising the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning about Race-Equality. Issue 3 - July 2020. 

Moncrieffe, M. L., (Ed.) with Harris, R., & Race, R. (2020) Decolonising the Curriculum: Transnational Perspectives. Research Intelligence, Issue #142. London: British Educational Research Association (BERA).


Selected Chapters

Bhandari, N. & Moncrieffe, M.L. (2022) Decolonising curriculum knowledge using arts-based approaches for teaching and learning civic education with young people in Nepal. In Moncrieffe, M. L. (Ed.)  Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge: International Perspectives and Interdisciplinary Approaches. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Moncrieffe, M.L., Dunford, R., & Asare, Y. (2019) Decolonising the curriculum: challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning. In G. Wisker, L. Marshall, J. Canning, & S. Greener (Eds.), Navigating with practical wisdom (pp. 20). Brighton, United Kingdom: University of Brighton Press.

Moncrieffe, M. (2017) Teaching and Learning About Cross-Cultural Encounters Over the Ages Through the Story of Britain’s Migrant Past (pp. 195-214). In R. Race (Ed.) Advancing Multicultural Dialogues in Education Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.


Selected Articles

Moncrieffe, M.L. (2022) Challenging, decolonising and transforming primary school history curriculum knowledge. Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching, Spring 2022(14), 53-55. 

Moncrieffe, M.L. & Mwangi, J. (2022) Using virtual reality technology for research, teaching & learning with young people in Kenya & Rwanda during the Covid-19 pandemic. Research Intelligence, (151), 12-13.

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) Challenging primary school history curriculum knowledge, 7th October 2021, Transforming Society, Policy Press. 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) “And the creed and the colour and the name won’t matter…”The Psychology of Education Review, Autumn 2021. British Psychological Society (BPS).

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) British schools must teach Black British history. The Big Issue, 19th January 2021. 

Moncrieffe, M.L. (2020) 'How to support white British teachers in their thinking and teaching about Black-British histories'. London: The Conversation, 30th September. 

Moncrieffe, M. L., Stokes, L., Alexander, C. A., Nokes, C., Colburn, E., Crawley, A., Evans, C., Gibson, P., Johnson, K., McKinnell, C., Osborne, K., Bell, A-R., (2020) Oral Evidence: Black history and cultural diversity in the curriculum, HC 8793. Women and Equalities Committee and Petitions Committee. London: House of Commons, UK Parliament, 18th November 2020.  

Moncrieffe, M. L., & Harris, R. (2020) 'Repositioning Curriculum Teaching and Learning through Black-British history'. In Research Intelligence, Issue #144. London: British Educational Research Association (BERA). 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) #BlackLivesMatter in Education, The BERA Blog, 11th June 2020. London: British Educational Research Association (BERA) 

Moncrieffe, M.L., & Moncrieffe, A. (2019). An examination of imagery used to represent fundamental British values and British identity on primary school display boards. London Review of Education.

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) 'British Cycling's Deep Breath', London: The Road Book Journal. 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) 'Where are the black Britons in elite cycling?', The Telegraph, 28th June 2020. London: The Telegraph. 

Moncrieffe, M.L. (2020) 'Reflections on the 'velodrome of whiteness' at the London Olympics', VeloNews, 25th June 2020. Colorado: VeloNews 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) 'When will Britain have a black rider in the Tour?' Pro cycling Magazine, October 2020. London: Pro cycling Magazine.

Moncrieffe, M. L., (2020) 'Tour de France 2020: professional cycling's history of anti-blackness'. London: The Conversation, 26th August. 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) Now the social media sports boycott is over, what's next for cycling? Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, supported by SIS, 2nd May. 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) The Art of Racing: black professional cyclists together for a special reflective conversation. Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, supported by SIS, 7th March. 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) How do we applaud anti-racist action in cycling beyond a sense of tokenistic superficiality? Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, supported by SIS, 19th February. 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) Young Powerful Women in Cycling, Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, supported by SIS, 9th February. 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2021) The Past, The Present and the Future Possibilities in Cycling. Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, 30th January. London: Science in Sport. 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) Part 2. Raising the profile of Black-British excellence in cycling through anti-racist education and leadership. Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, 1st December. London: Science in Sport. 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) Part 1. Raising the profile of Black-British excellence in cycling through anti-racist education and leadership. Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling, 30th November. London: Science in Sport. 

Moncrieffe, M. L. (2020) Anti-Racism Force, or Anti-Racism Farce? What next for cycling? Advancing Anti-Racism in Cycling,  6th December. London: Science in Sport. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Reading

Master, University of Surrey

Bachelor, University of Surrey

External positions

British Educational Research Association (BERA) Council

Chartered College of Teaching, Fellow

British Cycling, Track Commission

Social Sciences, Journal Board, Topics Editor

Liverpool Hope University, External Examiner

Nottingham Trent University, External Examiner


  • L Education (General)
  • Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge
  • Cycling and Black History
  • International Education
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Anti-Racism


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