Professor Coben is Emeritus Professor of Adult Numeracy at King’s College London and a Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia School of Education and Lifelong Learning.
Until her retirement in 2018 she was Director of New Zealand’s National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults and a Professor at the University of Waikato. The National Centre received a 2016 Best Practice Honor Award from the U.S. Library of Congress.
Professor Coben's ongoing research focuses on the education of adults and young people in two main areas: national and international initiatives in literacy and numeracy; and the numeracy required to meet the mathematical demands of safety-critical work, especially in healthcare. She is a member of the expert group brought together by UNESCO’s Institute of Lifelong Learning to advise on monitoring the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4.6: “By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy” (Gal et al., 2018)