James Tooley is a professor of education policy at Newcastle University. There he is the director of the E. G. West Centre, which is dedicated to choice, competition, and entrepreneurship in education. He has done extensive work in demonstrating the benefits of private education for low-income families. Much of his work has focused on identifying ways to make private education more accessible and to facilitate its growth in the developing world, especially among the poor.
Tooley has worked for over 25 years in educational development, including years of on-location experience in the developing world. He has served as a researcher at Manchester and Oxford Universities. His books include The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World's Poorest People Are Educating Themselves (2009), The Miseducation of Women (2003) and Reclaiming Education (2000). Tooley currently lives in Hyderabad, India, where he continues his lifelong work on educating the world's poor.