about us

infed is independent, not for profit, and cookie-free. More than a million people visit us each year. Our aim is to provide space to explore education, pedagogy, community-building and change.

a space to explore

Our aim is to provide a space for people to explore education, pedagogy, learning, community-building and change – and in particular the theory and practice of informal education, social pedagogy, community learning and development, specialist education, and lifelong learning. infed was established in 1995.

not for profit, ‘cookie-free’ and open

The site is offered as a service to the field and is run on a not-for-profit basis. Access to the pages is free and open to all. We carry no paid-for advertising, nor do any of the editorial links to other sites involve sponsorship or payment. Some links may include advertising but again there is no payment to us. We do not need click-throughs, nor to make money from ‘digital exhaust’ so we are cookie-free (see our privacy policy). Most users come straight from search engines (and probably return there). We just focus on content.


We have been endorsed by various sites and won commendations from organizations like encyclopedia Britannica, Adult Learning Australia, the Study Web and Schoolzone. We are part of the British Library archiving project and a number of the pages are included on the UNESCO/NCVER voced database and on SOSIG (the Social Science Information Gateway). Thousands of sites link to us (including the BBC, Channel 4, The Guardian and various educational institutions – for example, Harvard, MIT, and the Open University).

used by millions

We know how many people use our pages and what pages they use. However, just who they remain a mystery – and will remain so as we do not use Google Analytics. At the moment the site looks to have around two million visitors a year.

As the year goes on, the number of visitors changes. During November 2020, we had 200,000 ‘unique’ visitors, in January 2021 it was just over half that (106,366). We get visits from more than 225 countries and territories over a year. Where people come from alters. For example, the proportion of pages accessed by visitors from the USA went up 6% in January 2021 compared to November 2020, and China entered our top ten for the first time. The figures for January 2021 can be seen below.

top 10 visits to infed


infed is edited by Mark K. Smith. Michele Erina Doyle and Tony Jeffs also help to compile the archives and encyclopedia.

Acknowledgement: image Fabio Santaniello Bruun on Unsplash

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