Dr Laura Outhwaite is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities at IOE- UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society. She is also Deputy Director of the Child Development and Learning Difficulties Lab.
Her expertise lies in psychology applied to education, particularly mathematical development, early years, and educational technology. She is currently leading a background paper on the use of educational software and apps in early childhood education for the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report. She is also co-developing an app for parents to support their child’s mathematical development through everyday play.
Previously, she was Principal Investigator on a systematic review and content analysis of educational maths apps for supporting young children’s learning, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. She was also a Research Mentor for the EDUCATE project at the UCL Knowledge Lab, which brought together researchers and EdTech entrepreneurs to drive and sustain evidence-based educational technology innovations. She completed her ESRC-funded PhD evaluating the reach and utility of the onebillion maths apps in the UK, Brazil, and Malawi with Prof Nicola Pitchford and Anthea Gulliford at the University of Nottingham.