Peter Roberts

ProfessorPeter Roberts

Rehua 413
Internal Phone: 94092


Research Interests

Peter's primary areas of scholarship are philosophy of education and educational policy studies. His research interests include the ethics and politics of education, literature and education, the work of Paulo Freire, and tertiary education policy.

Recent Publications

  • Roberts P. and Saeverot H. (2018) Education and the Limits of Reason: Reading Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Nabokov. New York: Routledge. 143.
  • Roberts P. (2016) Happiness, hope, and despair: Rethinking the role of education. New York: Peter Lang. 140.
  • Roberts P., Gibbons A. and Heraud R. (2015) Education, Ethics and Existence: Camus and the Human Condition. New York: Routledge. 138pp.
  • Roberts P. and Freeman-Moir J. (2013) Better Worlds: Education, Art, and Utopia. Lanham: Lexington Books. xvi+180.
  • Roberts P. (2012) From West to East and Back Again: An Educational Reading of Hermann Hesse's Later Work. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. v+101.


Peter took up his current appointment in April 2008, having previously worked for 13 years at the University of Auckland (1995-2008) and seven years at the University of Waikato (1988-1994). His teaching and research interests are in philosophy of education and educational policy studies. He is the Director of the Educational Theory, Policy and Practice Research Hub at the University of Canterbury and Immediate Past President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia. In 2010 he was a Canterbury Fellow at the University of Oxford, and in 2012 he was an inaugural Rutherford Visiting Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge.


EDUC 103 Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies in Education
EDUC 205 Critical Issues in Adult Learning
EDUC 206 Studies in the Sociology of Education
EDUC 339 Globalization, Social Justice and Education
EDEM 647/EDUC 417 Education, Globalisation and Development
EDEM 650/EDUC 414 Educational Philosophy and Policy