Department of Education

Maia Chankseliani

Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education

College Affiliation: St Edmund Hall

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

Maia Chankseliani’s research on tertiary education – higher education, university-based research, and VET/apprenticeships – focuses on the understanding of the societal, institutional, and policy forces that shape tertiary education and the potential of tertiary education and research for transforming societies. Methodologically, she moves between qualitative and quantitative methods. She often complements secondary data analysis with narratives from semi-structured interviews and contextualised case studies.

Maia Chankseliani brings to her role experience of education research, teaching, policy-making, leadership, and consultancy in different international contexts.

She holds BA in Philology from Tbilisi State University (Georgia), Ed. M in International Education Policy from Harvard University (USA), and PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge (UK).

Maia Chankseliani is Associate Editor of International Journal of Educational Research. She serves on the editorial board of Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.

Funded Research Projects:

  • The Supranational Space in Higher Education (co-PI)

  • 2020-2023

    Funder - The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

  • University research capacity in former Soviet countries (co-PI)

  • 2019-2021

    Funder - The National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia) internal research grant

  • Comparative study of apprenticeships in Australia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Germany, India, and South Africa (PI)

  • 2016-2018

    Qatar Foundation Grant

  • Escaping the Exclusion or Sustaining the Privilege? A Complex Reality of Student Mobility from Kazakhstan (PI)

  • 2016

    Newton-Al-Farabi / British Council Grant under the Researcher Links (UK) in collaboration with Nazarbayev University

  • A comparative investigation of student mobility from post-Soviet countries to the EU (PI)

  • 2016

    Fell Fund Grant on (Im)mobility and global citizenship

  • International student mobility from Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia to the UK: the perspectives of the UK HE sector (PI)

  • 2016

    Seed cord grant from the University of Oxford Department of Education

  • Developing and Understanding Vocational Excellence, funded (Research Fellow)

  • 2012-2015

    The National Apprenticeship Service (BIS) grant

  • External evaluation of the European Training Foundation (ETF) project on vocational education & training in Georgia, The Public Policy and Management Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania (PI)

  • 2011

    European Commission DG of Education & Culture

Doctoral Applications

Maia Chankseliani welcomes doctoral applications in the fields of comparative and international education and higher education.

Publications:

  • Featured Publications

    • Chankseliani, M, Qoraboyev, I, Gimranova, D (2020) “Higher education contributing to local, national, and global development: new empirical and conceptual insights”, Higher Education. Springer Science and Business Media LLC.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00565-8

    • CHANKSELIANI, M, Gorgodze, S, Janashia, S, Kurakbayev, K (2020) “Rural disadvantage in the context of centralised university admissions: A multiple case study of Georgia and Kazakhstan”, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2020.1761294

    • Chankseliani, M (2020) “The politics of exporting higher education: Russian university branch campuses in the “Near Abroad””, Post-Soviet Affairs. Informa UK Limited.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1060586x.2020.1789938

    • CHANKSELIANI, M, Anuar, AM (2019) “Cross-country comparison of engagement in apprenticeships: A conceptual analysis of incentives for individuals and firms”, The International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.6.3.4

    • CHANKSELIANI, MAIA, Wells, A (2019) “A big business in a small state: rationales of higher education internationalisation in Latvia”, European Educational Research Journal. SAGE Publications.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1474904119830507

    • 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.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2018.07.006

    • Chankseliani, M, Silova, I (2018) “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.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.15730/books.104

    • 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.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2017.1293407

    • Chankseliani, M (2017) “Four rationales of HE internationalisation: perspectives of UK universities on attracting students from former Soviet countries”, Journal of Studies in International Education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1028315317725806

    • Chankseliani, M (2016) “Escaping Homelands with Limited Employment and Tertiary Education Opportunities: Outbound Student Mobility from Post-Soviet Countries”, Population Space and Place.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/psp.1932

    • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S, 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. Wiley: 24 months.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3218

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

    • Chankseliani, M (2013) “Rural Disadvantage in Georgian Higher Education Admissions: A Mixed-Methods Study”, Comparative Education Review. University of Chicago Press.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1086/670739

    • 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. Rotterdam: SENSE Publisher.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-230-3_1

  • Books

  • Book chapters

    • Malinovskiy, S, Chankseliani, M (2018) “International Student Recruitment in Russia: Heavy-handed Approach and Soft-Power Comeback”, In: A Oleksiyenko, Q Zha, I Chirikov, J Li (eds.) International Status Anxiety and Higher Education: The Soviet Legacy in China and Russia. Hong Kong: CERC-Springer.

    • Chankseliani, M, Silova, I (2018) “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.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.15730/books.104

    • 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.

    • 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. Rotterdam: SENSE Publisher. 171-187
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-230-3_10

    • 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. Rotterdam: SENSE Publisher. 1-11
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6209-230-3_1

  • Conference papers

    • Qoraboyev, I, CHANKSELIANI, M, Gimranova, D (2019) Higher education engaging with the national and global challenges: Views of academics from Georgia and Kazakhstan. (Washington DC)

    • CHANKSELIANI, M, Qoraboyev, I, Gimranova, D (2019) Higher education engaging with local, national and global challenges: Views of academic communities from Georgia and Kazakhstan. (Oxford, UK)

    • Anuar, AM, ERDURAN, S, CHANKSELIANI, M (2019) A framework for studying rural young people’s stem education, aspirations and ‘science-for-development’. (Bologna, Italy)

    • CHANKSELIANI, M (2019) The politics of student mobility: Links between outbound student flows and the democratic development of post-Soviet Eurasia. (San Francisco, USA)

    • CHANKSELIANI, MAIA (2018) People and policy: A comparative study of apprenticeship across eight national contexts. (Mexico City, Mexico)

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

    • 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 (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 (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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Journal articles

    • Chankseliani, M (2020) “The politics of exporting higher education: Russian university branch campuses in the “Near Abroad””, Post-Soviet Affairs. 1-19.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1060586x.2020.1789938

    • Chankseliani, M, Qoraboyev, I, Gimranova, D (2020) “Higher education contributing to local, national, and global development: new empirical and conceptual insights”, Higher Education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00565-8

    • BAIRD, J, Opposs, D, CHANKSELIANI, M, Stobart, G, Kaushik, A, McManus, H, JOHNSON, D (2020) “Governance structure and standard setting in educational assessment”, Assessment in Education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0969594X.2020.1730766

    • CHANKSELIANI, M, Gorgodze, S, Janashia, S, Kurakbayev, K (2020) “Rural disadvantage in the context of centralised university admissions: A multiple case study of Georgia and Kazakhstan”, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2020.1761294

    • Kot, V, Yemini, M, CHANKSELIANI, M (2020) “Triple exclusion: life stories of Jewish migrant academics from the Former Soviet Union at a contested university under siege”, International Journal of Educational Development. 76
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2020.102191

    • CHANKSELIANI, MAIA, Wells, A (2019) “A big business in a small state: rationales of higher education internationalisation in Latvia”, European Educational Research Journal.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1474904119830507

    • CHANKSELIANI, M, Anuar, AM (2019) “Cross-country comparison of engagement in apprenticeships: A conceptual analysis of incentives for individuals and firms”, The International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.6.3.4

    • 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 (2017) “Four rationales of HE internationalisation: perspectives of UK universities on attracting students from former Soviet countries”, Journal of Studies in International Education.
      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.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2017.1293407

    • 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. 3(1)
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.3.1.4

    • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S, 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)
      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, MAIA, James Relly, SUSAN (2015) “From the provider-led to an employer-led system: implications of apprenticeship reform on the private training market”, Journal of Vocational Education & Training. (4)
      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) “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 (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

  • Internet publication

    • CHANKSELIANI, MAIA (2018) Students studying overseas could be helping to make former Soviet countries more liberal. The Conversation.

    • CHANKSELIANI, MAIA (2018) How Russia Is Using International Students as a Weapon in the New Cold War. The Conversation.

    • 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 National Apprenticeship 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.

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