Comparative and International Education

The Centre for Comparative and International Education at the University of Oxford is an internationally recognised interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the study of educational systems around the world.

Since its inception more than 20 years ago, the Centre has advanced public dialogue about the challenges to educational change, reform and reconstruction in low-and middle-income countries, and the crises and changing faces of educational systems in other parts of the world.

The Centre serves as a university and departmental hub for comparative and interdisciplinary studies of educational policy and the delivery of educational services including teaching, learning and assessment.

Research is generally organized by theme, (for example the politics of schooling and social change), geographical area (Education in the Middle East and North Africa), and method, including experiments, randomized control trials, and anthropological investigations).

But mainly our approach to the study of education is highly interdisciplinary. The Centre works in close collaboration with other University and College research centres or departments in Oxford; and significantly, with international agencies like the World Bank, OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF and DFID. In this way it benefits from a wide spectrum of thought and the contributions of economists, political scientists, historians, geographers and anthropologists as it seeks to gain a richer and deeper understanding of the social, cultural and political fabric of educational systems across world regions and areas, or the new insights into relationships between education and society.

International, cross-university and college collaboration has resulted in a number of seminars, conferences and significant publications, for example, in area studies, on Eastern Europe (Michael Kaser and David Phillips), post-Socialist Eurasia (Maia Chankseliani), Japan (David Phillips and Roger Goodman), Brazil (David Phillips and Leslie Bethell), Africa (David Johnson and William Beinart), South Asia (David Johnson and Nandani Gooptu), the Middle East and North Africa (Colin Brock and Lila Zia Levers), China (David Johnson and Rachel Murphy), the UK (Maia Chankseliani), and Russia (David Johnson and Robert Service), and on Education and Society, the relationship between education, ethnicity, and conflict (Johnson and Stewart) and education, radicalisation and international terrorism (Johnson and Tsang); as has collaboration with international agencies– on education and conflict with UNICEF (Johnson, Wright and Van Kalmthout), TVET in fragile countries with UNESCO-UNEVOC (Johnson and Maclean), student mobility with The British Council (Maia Chankseliani).

The Centre for Comparative and International Education Research is convened by Dr David Johnson, University Reader in Comparative Education.