The Comparative and International Education (CIE) Research Group is an internationally-recognised interdisciplinary group dedicated to the study of educational systems, practices, and policies around the world.
Since its inception in the 1990s, the group has advanced research and public dialogue about the challenges to educational transformations in low and middle-income countries, and the crises and changing faces of educational systems in other parts of the world.
The CIE research group members work in different global contexts, including Africa (Yousef Khalifa Aleghfeli, Kamal Armanious, David Johnson, David Mills, Brooks Newmark, Natasha Robinson, Karen Skilling), Asia and the Pacific (Aizuddin Mohamed Anuar, Arzhia Habibi, David Johnson, Simon Marginson, Xin Xu, Lili Yang), Europe and Central Asia (Maia Chankseliani, Antonin Charret, Darta Drabovica, Liam Gearon, Lucy Hunt, Lavinia Kamphausen, Simon Marginson, David Mills, Olga Mun, Natia Sopromadze, Elena Tsvetkova, Xin Xu), and the Middle East (Yousef Khalifa Aleghfeli, Anne Desiderio).
Thematically, we have developed expertise in education and international development (Aizuddin Mohamed Anuar, Maia Chankseliani, David Johnson, David Mills, Natasha Robinson); global, international and comparative higher education (Antonin Charret, Maia Chankseliani, Darta Drabovica, Arzhia Habibi, Lavinia Kamphausen, Simon Marginson, David Mills, Olga Mun, Natasha Robinson, Natia Sopromadze, Elena Tsvetkova, Xin Xu, Lili Yang); education, radicalisation and international terrorism (Liam Gearon, David Johnson); research on research and science, academic publishing, research governance, doctoral education (Maia Chankseliani, David Mills, Olga Mun, Xin Xu); education and rurality (Aizuddin Mohamed Anuar, Maia Chankseliani); education, ethnicity, and conflict (David Johnson, Liam Gearon); educational and social theory (Aizuddin Mohamed Anuar, Maia Chankseliani, Simon Marginson); ethics, epistemic justice, moral philosophy and education (Liam Gearon, Arzhia Habibi, Olga Mun, Xin Xu); education for human flourishing and character education (David Johnson, Fiona Gatty); technical and vocational education and training (Kamal Armanious, Maia Chankseliani); STEM & mathematics education (Aizuddin Mohamed Anuar, Karen Skilling); education for refugee children and youth, stateless children and youth, undocumented child and youth migrants (Yousef Khalifa Aleghfeli, Lucy Hunt); postcolonial theory (Aizuddin Mohamed Anuar, Lavinia Kamphausen, Olga Mun); global citizenship education (Arzhia Habibi).
The CIE research group brings together diverse methodological perspectives, ranging from ethnographic case studies, critical discourse analysis, and synthetic-historical analysis to surveys, systematic reviews, and bibliometric analysis. Our ongoing studies also use qualitative and social network analysis, diary method, focus groups, grounded theory, participant observation, and creative visual methods.
Our approach to the study of education is highly interdisciplinary. The group has engaged in collaborations with academics working at Oxford, across the UK, and globally; and significantly, with international agencies like the British Council, European Commission, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Open Society Foundations, Templeton World Charity Foundation, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, World Bank. In this way the group 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. The Global Public Seminars in Comparative and International Education address themes of major interest to academics, practitioners, and policy-makers working in the field of education globally. These seminars aim to illuminate the role of education in societal development, with a focus on understanding changes in education policy, discourse, and practice, and how these changes influence individual opportunities and shape the development of educational institutions around the world. Seminars will zoom into the local and zoom out into the national and supranational spaces, flows, and influences on education.
The Comparative and International Education Research is convened by Dr Maia Chankseliani, Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education.
Global Public Seminars in Comparative and International Education address themes of major interest to academics, practitioners, and policy-makers working in the field of education globally.
These seminars illuminate the role of education in societal development, with a focus on understanding changes in education policy, discourse, and practice, and how these changes influence individual opportunities and shape the development of educational institutions around the world. Seminars zoom into the local and zoom out into the national and supranational spaces, flows, and influences on education.
To be announced.
The recordings of past Global Public Seminars in Comparative and International Education can be accessed by following these links:
Giving epistemic due to the educational experiences of young women with disabilities in Palestine, Dr Alison Mackenzie and Dr Mohammed Owaineh, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
New Kids on the Block: Features, Trends, and Regulation of For-profits in Higher Education Worldwide Speaker: Dr Dante Salto, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Revisiting Social Reproduction Theory: An empirical study based on the data of PISA 2018 Speaker: Yan Luo, Tsinghua University, China
From Perpetrator to Peacebuilder: Rethinking Education in Conflict-Affected Societies Speaker: Professor Tejendra Pherali, UCL, UK
Understanding Dynamic Influences of Educational Reform in Ethiopia Speaker: Professor Ricardo Sabates Aysa, University of Cambridge, UK
Rurality in Globalised Higher Education: Comparative Perspectives from International Doctoral Research Theses Speaker: Professor Catherine Montgomery, Faculty of Social Sciences and Health, Durham University, UK
Re-imagining Intellectual Leadership in Post-Soviet Higher Education Speaker: Professor Anatoly Oleksiyenko, Department of International Education, the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), Hong Kong
Toppling Statues? Complicity, Whiteness and Reckoning in Comparative and International Education Speakers: Professors Robin Shields & Julia Paulson, University of Bristol, UK
Why does educational tracking lead to greater inequality in political engagement? Zooming in on France Speaker: Professor Germ Janmaat, UCL Institute of Education, UK
Education in Emergencies & the Implicated Subject: Imperial Pasts and Presents Speaker: Professor Mario Novelli, Professor in the Political Economy of Education, Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, UK
Tiger parenting under globalization: Social class, ethnicity and culture Speaker: Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze, Assistant Professor in Comparative and International Education, Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Overview of Education In Africa: How the Implementation of the CESA And SDG4 Agendas is Progressing? Speaker: Dr Carolina Alban Conto, Research and Development Manager, IIEP – UNESCO Africa Office, Dakar, Senegal
At The Crossroads: Rethinking the Role of Education in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Speaker: Thomas Koruth Samuel, Consultant, Terrorism Prevention, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Regional Centre for East Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Social Distance, Teachers’ Beliefs and Teaching Practices in a Context of Social Disadvantage: Evidence from India and Pakistan Speaker: Dr Rabea Malik, CEO and Fellow, Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives; Assistant Professor, School of Education, LUMS, Pakistan
‘Breaking gender, sex and sexuality borders: The case of comprehensive sexuality education in South Africa’ Speaker: Thabo Msibi, Dean and Head of School, School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
‘Global Middle-Class families – comparative study of travel trajectories and imagined futures’ Speaker: Miri Yemini, Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University, Israel
‘Equal’ Transnational Partnerships in Higher Education: Sino-Foreign Case Studies’ Speaker: Miguel Antonio Lim, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Manchester, UK
‘Why did policymakers in India and Mexico adopt the Germanic model of dual apprenticeships?’ Speaker: Oscar Valiente, Senior Lecturer University of Glasgow, UK
‘Governing education by partnership: the GPE in the context of other sectors’ global financing partnerships.’ Speaker: Moira V. Faul, Executive Director, NORRAG, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
‘A comparison of the transition of returning scholars to domestic research environments in Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Cambodia.’ Speaker: Aliya Kuzhabekova, Associate Professor, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
‘Methods and Findings from OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) Video Study of Teaching’ Speaker: V. Darleen Opfer, Vice President, RAND Education and Labor Research Division; Distinguished Chair in Education Policy, USA
Renegotiating the Public Good: Education Policy Responses to Covid-19 in England, Germany and Italy Speaker: Dr Peter Kelly, Reader in Comparative Education, University of Plymouth, UK
The Divided World of Comparative Research on Pedagogy Speaker: Michele Schweisfurth, Professor of Comparative and International Education, School of Education, University of Glasgow, UK