John Preston

John Preston

John Preston is Professor of Education within UEL’s Cass School of Education and Communities.

John’s research explores the relationship between education and security and ‘disaster education’. Most recently this work has been on disaster education and inequalities in lifelong learning, although he has also written on freedom of speech in HE; vocational courses; adult education and the benefits of learning.


  • Preston, J. (2015) Two nations underground: building schools to survive nuclear war and desegregation in the 1960s, Race Ethnicity and Education, 10.1080/13613324.2015.1095174

  • Preston, J. (2015) A Golden Age of Security and Education? Adult Education for Civil Defence in the United States, 1950-1970, British Journal of Educational Studies, 63,3, 387-411.

  • Preston, J. (2015) The strange death of UK Civil Defence Education in the 1980s, History of Education, 44, 2, 225-242.

  • Preston, J. (2008). Protect and survive: ‘whiteness’ and the middle class family in civil defence pedagogies. Journal of Education Policy, 23(5), 469–482