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Bill Lucas is Professor of Learning and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning (CRL). He founded CRL in 2008, together with Prof. Guy Claxton.

In 2017 Bill was appointed by the OECD as co-chair of the strategic advisory group for the 2021 PISA test of Creative Thinking which will draw on the work of the CRL. Bill is an international adviser to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in Australia, to Vinnvard in Sweden and to the OECD/CERI research into critical and creative thinking in France. Bill is Director of Learning for the Fellowship Programme of THIS, the new Healthcare Studies Institute at the University of Cambridge.

Bill is known internationally as a speaker on the subjects of learning, change, creativity, healthcare improvement and leadership. He travels extensively to present keynotes, most recently in Sydney, Philadelphia, Helskinki, Qatar, Stockholm, Melbourne, Auckland, Belfast and Dubai. He is a prolific, award-winning writer, and has authored and co-authored over forty books and chapters and many peer-reviewed papers.

With Guy Claxton he is the creator of one of the biggest teacher researcher groups in the world, the Expansive Education Network.

Read Bill's latest blog here. Find Bill on ResearchGate here and on Google Scholar here.

Find out about CRL's new framing of tenacity in a new book for schools here.

Bill tweets as @LucasLearn, @Pedagogy4Change and @eed_net.

Areas of expertise

Dispositions for learning, Creativity, Tenacity, Pedagogy, Vocational teaching and learning, Change, Parental engagement in schools, English language


Selected recent publications

Books and book chapters

Research reports



  • Lucas, Bill (2018) Twelve ways to be a more successful learner. Education HQ, Australia. Read here.
  • Lucas, Bill (2018) Twelve ways to be a more successful learner. University of Winchester. Read here.
  • Lucas, Bill (2018) How Australia can regain centre stage on education. The Mandarin. Read here.
  • Lucas, Bill (2017) The power of creative thinking. RSA. Read here.
  • Lucas, Bill (2017) Teaching engineering 'habits of mind' and capabilities will set young people up for the future, Times Education Supplement. Read here.
  • Lucas, Bill (2017 If "soft skills" really matter then we should try to measure them. Times Education Supplement. Read here.
  • Lucas, Bill (2016) Schools will teach ‘soft skills’ from 2017, but assessing them presents a challenge. The Conversation. Read here.
  • Lucas, Bill (2016) How to praise your child: why simply saying ‘well done’ is not helpful. The Conversation. Read here.
  • Lucas, Bill (2016) Character is a meaningful concept, is learned at least as much as it is taught and can be woven into a school’s culture’, Times Education Supplement. Read here.
  • Lucas, Bill (2016) Forget technical and professional education: there's nothing wrong with the word vocational'. Times Education Supplement. Read here.


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