Maia Chankseliani is Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education and pathway leader for MSc in Comparative and International Education. She convenes the Comparative and International Education Research Group in the Department.
Maia’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 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 is Associate Editor of International Journal of Educational Research. She serves on the editorial board of Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. She also serves on the College of Reviewers at British Educational Research Association (BERA) and on the Educational Sciences Panel at the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.
James Robson is Co-Director of the Centre for Skills, Knowledge, and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) and Associate Professor of Tertiary Education Systems.
He also leads the MSc in Higher Education, and sits on the Research Management Committee of the Centre for Global Higher Education.
James’ research focuses on the political economy of Tertiary Education systems, bringing together key interests in the nexus of education and employment, the critical study of skills supply and demand, research eco-systems, access, social justice and sustainability. He has received major funding from the ESRC, the AHRC, the GCRF, the Edge Foundation, the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Office for Students and Research England.