Dr Maia Chankseliani

Maia Chankseliani is Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education at the Department of Education and Fellow of St Edmund Hall.

She brings to this role experience of education research, teaching, policy-making, management, and consultancy in different international contexts.

Maia Chankseliani completed her BA in English Philology at Tbilisi State University in her native Georgia. Following a few years of teaching and adult education management at a local non-profit, she moved to the United States to study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She later returned to Georgia to lead the vocational education and training sector at the Ministry of Education and Science. The policy-making career in a developing country context involved close collaborations with education and training providers, the private sector, professional associations, trade unions, international donors, as well as learners of different age groups. Professional experiences of teaching, working in the non-profit and government sectors helped her realise that academic research and teaching interested her most. This decision led her to the University of Cambridge where she completed her PhD under the supervision of Christopher Colclough on geographic inequalities in university access in post-Soviet Georgia.

At different times, Maia Chankseliani worked on research and consultancy assignments with non-profit, for-profit, and international organisations to examine, amongst other issues, apprenticeships policies and systems in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia; skills competitions, entrepreneurship, and private training provision in the UK; vocational education and training in the South Caucasus; public-private partnerships in education in Africa; teacher educators’ professional development in Pakistan; labour market demand in Georgia; civil service modernisation in Kazakhstan; and child labour in Ghana.

Maia Chankseliani is pathway leader for MSc in Comparative and International Education.

Maia Chankseliani serves on the editorial boards of the following journals: Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Research in Comparative and International Education, and Cambridge Journal of Eurasian Studies. Maia Chankseliani is on the Educational Sciences Panel at the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia).

Graduate supervision                                

Maia Chankseliani supervises graduate students and welcomes informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics:

  • how and in what ways education and training contribute to inclusive economic growth and well-being for all in various international contexts;
  • how innovative research approaches can be used to develop nuanced insights into equitable access to quality post-secondary education and training (academic and vocational) and labour market for disadvantaged groups; 
  • how resilient educational institutions/practices develop in low and middle income countries and how these cases can be used to for improving lifetime opportunities for all;
  • how economic, political, socio-cultural ,and academic rationales of higher education internationalisation (inbound and outbound mobility, branch campuses, MOOCs) take shape and develop; and what are the implications of these developments for various actors, such as nation-states, universities, private recruitment firms, as well as individuals and their families.

Maia supervises the following DPhil students:

Susila Davis 

Anne Desiderio 

Yusuf İkbal Oldaç 

Papa Kojo Botsio 

Mohamad Khanzadeh 

Maia Chankseliani has a presence on Twitter (@MChankseliani @CIEatOxord), Linkedin, ResearchGate

Research

Funded projects

Principal Investigator –  Qatar Foundation Grant to undertake a comparative study of apprenticeships in Australia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Germany, India, and South Africa (2016-2018)

Principal Investigator – Newton-Al-Farabi / British Council Grant under the Researcher Links (UK) in collaboration with Nazarbayev University. Escaping the Exclusion or Sustaining the Privilege? A Complex Reality of Student Mobility from Kazakhstan’ (2016)

Principal Investigator – Fell Fund Grant on (Im)mobility and global citizenship: A comparative investigation of student mobility from post-Soviet countries to the EU  (2016)

Principal Investigator – Seed cord grant from the University of Oxford on International student mobility from Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia to the UK: the perspectives of the UK HE sector (2016)

Research Fellow – Developing and Understanding Vocational Excellence, funded by National Apprenticeship Service (BIS), University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2012-2015)

Principal Investigator – European Commission DG of Education & Culture project on External evaluation of the European Training Foundation (ETF) project on vocational education & training in Georgia, The Public Policy and Management Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania (2011)

Books

  • Chankseliani, M, Silova, I (2018) Comparing Post-Socialist Transformations: Purposes, Policies, and Practices in Education. Oxford Studies in Comparative Education. Oxford, UK: Symposium Books.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.15730/books.104

  • Meyer, HD, St John, EP, Chankseliani, M, Uribe, L (2013) Fairness in access to higher education in a global perspective: Reconciling excellence, efficiency, and justice.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-230-3

Book chapters

  • Chankseliani, M (2015) “Rural disadvantage in Georgian Higher Education Admissions: A Mixed-method Study”, In: A Mountford-Zimdars, D Sabbagh, D Post (eds.) Fair Access to Higher Education: Global Perspectives. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

  • Chankseliani, M (2014) “Georgia: Marketization and education post-1991”, In: N Ivanenko (ed.) Education in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Meyer, HD, John, EPS, Chankseliani, M, Uribe, L (2013) “The crisis of higher education access-A crisis of justice”, In: Fairness in Access to Higher Education in a Global Perspective: Reconciling Excellence, Efficiency, and Justice. 1-11
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-230-3_1

  • Chankseliani, M (2013) “Higher education access in post-soviet Georgia overcoming a legacy of corruption”, In: Fairness in Access to Higher Education in a Global Perspective: Reconciling Excellence, Efficiency, and Justice. 171-187
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-230-3_10

  • Chankseliani, M, Silova, I “Reconfiguring Education Purposes, Policies, and Practices during Post-Socialist Transformations: Setting the stage”, In: Comparing Post-Socialist Transformations: Purposes, Policies, and Practices in Education. Oxford, UK: Symposium Books.

  • Malinovskiy, S, Chankseliani, M “International Student Recruitment in Russia: Heavy-handed Approach and Soft-Power Comeback”, In: A Oleksiyenko, Q Zha, I Chirikov, J Li (eds.) De-Sovietization of Higher Education: How China and Russia have Mitigated the Legacy of Soviet Internationalization. Hong Kong: CERC-Springer.

Conference papers

  • Chankseliani, M (2017) Student mobility from Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia to the UK: trends and institutional rationales. (Atlanta, USA)

  • Chankseliani, M (2016) Student mobility from post-Soviet countries: Kazakhstan in the regional context. (Astana, Kazakhstan)

  • Chankseliani, M (2016) Charting the Development of Knowledge on Soviet and Post-Soviet Education through the Pages of CIE Journals: Six Decades of Comparative & International Education. (Vancouver, Canada)

  • Chankseliani, M (2015) Escaping homelands with limited employment and tertiary education opportunities: Outbound student mobility from post-Soviet countries.. (Washington DC, USA)

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S, Allen, J, Wilde, S (2015) Panel on Developing and Understanding Vocational Excellence: Evidence from the WorldSkills Competition.. (Bremen, Germany)

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S (2014) Overcoming vocational prejudice: Can skills competitions improve the attractiveness of vocational education and training in the UK?. (Porto, Portugal)

  • Chankseliani, M (2014) Are we using Friedman’s roadmap? A comparative analysis of stimuli of private school enrolments in post-Soviet countries. (Freiburg, Germany)

  • Chankseliani, M (2014) Stimuli of private school enrolments: Comparative trends in post-Soviet countries. (Toronto, Canada)

  • James Relly, SF, Chankseliani, M (2013) Can skills competitions help to raise the attractiveness of VET?. (Oxford)

  • James Relly, SF, Chankseliani, M, Holmes, C (2013) Workplace learning environments and vocational excellence. (Oxford) Oxford: Worcester College.

  • Chankseliani, M (2013) What do we know about private school enrolments in post-Soviet countries?. (University of Oxford, UK)

  • Laczik, A, James Relly, SF, Chankseliani, M (2013) Benefits of Skills Competitions: Views and Experiences of World Skills Competitors from the UK. (Istanbul)

  • Chankseliani, M (2013) Marketisation of Education in Georgia: Equitable Access to Quality Education. (New Orleans, USA)

  • Chankseliani, M (2013) Higher Education access in Post-Soviet Georgia: Overcoming a Legacy of Corruption. (New Orleans, USA)

  • Chankseliani, M (2012) Financial Burden of University Attendance for Rural Students in Georgia: Issues of Equality and Fairness. (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

  • Chankseliani, M (2011) Rural-urban Inequalities in Georgian HE Access. (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

  • Chankseliani, M (2011) From Villagers’ Failure to City-dwellers’ Success: Mixed-methods Study of Spatial Inequalities in Georgian HE Access. (University of Oxford, UK)

  • Chankseliani, M (2011) A Mixed-methods Study of Higher Education Access in Georgia: Equal Treatment of Unequal People. (McGill University, Canada)

  • Chankseliani, M (2011) Geography of Educational Winners and Losers: A Window on Georgian HE Access Reality. (Cambridge, UK)

  • Chankseliani, M (2011) Spatial Inequalities in Higher Education Access: The Case of Georgia. (University of Oxford, UK)

  • Chankseliani, M People and policy: A comparative study of apprenticeship across eight national contexts. (Mexico City, Mexico)

Journal articles

  • Chankseliani, M (2018) “The politics of student mobility: Links between outbound student flows and the democratic development of post-Soviet Eurasia”, International Journal of Educational Development. 62 281-288.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2018.07.006

  • Chankseliani, M (2018) “Four Rationales of HE Internationalization: Perspectives of UK Universities on Attracting Students From Former Soviet Countries”, JOURNAL OF STUDIES IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. 22(1) 53-70.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1028315317725806

  • Chankseliani, M (2017) “Charting the development of knowledge on Soviet and post-Soviet education through the pages of comparative and international education journals”, COMPARATIVE EDUCATION. 53(2) 265-283.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2017.1293407

  • Chankseliani, M, Relly, SJ, Laczik, A (2016) “Overcoming vocational prejudice: how can skills competitions improve the attractiveness of vocational education and training in the UK?”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL. 42(4) 582-599.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3218

  • Chankseliani, M (2016) “Escaping Homelands with Limited Employment and Tertiary Education Opportunities: Outbound Student Mobility from Post-Soviet Countries”, POPULATION SPACE AND PLACE. 22(3) 301-316.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/psp.1932

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S (2016) “Three-Capital Approach to the Study of Young People who Excel in Vocational Occupations: A Case of WorldSkills Competitors and Entrepreneurship”, International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET). 3(1) 46-65.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.3.1.4

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S (2015) “From the provider-led to an employer-led system: implications of apprenticeship reform on the private training market”, Journal of Vocational Education and Training. 67(4) 515-528.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2015.1076499

  • Chankseliani, M (2014) “Are we using Friedman's roadmap? A comparative analysis of stimuli of private school enrolments in post-Soviet countries”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. 38 13-21.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2014.05.005

  • Chankseliani, M (2013) “Rural Disadvantage in Georgian Higher Education Admissions: A Mixed-Methods Study”, COMPARATIVE EDUCATION REVIEW. 57(3) 424-456.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1086/670739

  • Chankseliani, M (2013) “Spatial Inequities in Higher Education Admissions in Georgia: Likelihood of Choosing and Gaining Access to Prestigious Higher Education Institution”, Caucasus Social Science Review. 1(1)

  • Chankseliani, M (2013) “The financial burden of attending university in Georgia: Implications for rural students”, Prospects. 43(3) 311-328.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11125-013-9274-x

  • Chankseliani, M (2008) “Gender inequality in Mozambican primary education: problems, barriers and recommendations”, Political Perspectives. 2(1)

  • Chankseliani, M (2008) “Using service-learning activities for civic identity formation”, GESJ: Education Sciences and Psychology. 1(12)

Internet publication

  • Chankseliani, M (2015) On Student Mobility From Post-Soviet Countries. Open Pop.

  • Chankseliani, M (2011) Georgian rural reality: an empirical snapshot. OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS.

Reports

  • Chankseliani, M, Keep, E, Wilde, S (2017) People and Policy: A comparative study of apprenticeship across eight national contexts. https://www.wise-qatar.org/2017-wise-research-people-policy-apprenticeship.

  • Chankseliani, M, Hessel, G (2016) International student mobility from Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia to the UK: trends, institutional rationales and strategies for student recruitment. Oxford, UK: The Centre for Comparative and International Education, University of Oxford.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.3469.4641/1

  • Chankseliani, M, Hessel, G (2016) Case studies of the most popular European destinations for mobile students from Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia. Oxford: The Centre for Comparative and International Education, University of Oxford.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.17820.90243

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, Susan, Mayhew, Ken (2015) “Benefits of Developing Vocational Excellence. A Report to the NationalApprenticeship Service of Project 3 (Phase II) of the DUVE suite of projects”, In: Benefits of Developing Vocational Excellence. A Report to the NationalApprenticeship Service of Project 3 (Phase II) of the DUVE suite of projects.

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S, Mayhew, K (2015) WorldSkills competitors and entrepreneurship: A Report to theSkills Funding Agency.

  • James, SF, Mayhew, K, Chankseliani, M, Laczik, A (2013) “Benefits of Developing Vocational Excellence. A Report to the National Apprenticeship Service. Oxford: SKOPE”, In: Benefits of Developing Vocational Excellence A Report to the National Apprenticeship Service of Project 3 of the DUVE suite of projects.

  • Chankseliani, M, Gugushvili, A (2011) External evaluation of the European Training Foundation (ETF) project on vocational education & training in Georgia.

Category

  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • St Edmund Hall

Position

  • Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education

Subject area

  • MSc Education (Comparative and International Education)

Research groups

  • Comparative and International Education
  • Higher Education
  • SKOPE

Publications, books and other work