Pauline Rea-Dickins works in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, where she is Reader in Applied Linguistics in Education, and Deputy Director of Research. She has a PhD in testing from Lancaster University and has been involved in research, teacher development, and programme evaluations in a variety of English language education contexts world-wide. She worked at the universities of Lancaster, Dar es Salaam, and Warwick before moving to Bristol in 1999. She has published widely in areas of language testing and assessment, and language programme evaluation.

She is co-author of Evaluation, winner of the Frank Bell Prize and published by Oxford University Press.