Globalisation, Education and Work research group

Globalisation, Education and Work Faculty Research Group (GEW FRG) provides a platform for research on globalisation, education and work to enhance learning, teaching, and leadership that advance sustainable civilized and just societies, and build individuals' and communities' capacities for work and democratic politics.

Our interdisciplinary investigations track reform agenda that travel globally and document change and continuities in education and work within and between nation-states. Research at the national scale examines reconfigurations of national education systems that reorganize educational work. Studies of internationalization at global and international scales examine what travels between nations and the implications for internationalizing policy, curriculum, pedagogies, students and staff. Both these lines of inquiry inform our analysis of transnational knowledge building and its challenges and consequences for research on tertiary education, professional education and educational work in diverse learning spaces and workplaces.

Globalisation, Education and Work is an interdisciplinary research group. Our research conversations are informed by disciplinary traditions and fields of research that include sociology, economics, praxis and ethics.

Our research strands and core questions

  • Global sociology of education
    What are the effects of globalisation in remaking education policy, practice, knowledge and social justice?
  • Tertiary education
    How do national tertiary education systems and institutions re-interpret their purposes and practices in the context of global transformations and with what effects on people's experiences?
  • Education policy and governance
    What do education policy and governance entail in theory and practice? What are the factors that influence education policy making?
  • Educational praxis and leadership
    What educational praxis and knowledge build professional and leadership capacities required in diverse educational spaces and intercultural boundary zones?
  • Globalisation and international education
    How can international education be organised to enhance teaching and learning for learners, educators, academics, researchers and educational institutions?
  • Cultural studies in education
    How to comprehend culture in all of its complexities, as well as analyze the social and political contexts in which culture manifests itself? What is the best way to look into cultural practices and how they relate to education?
  • Identity politics and social change
    How are identities of learners, educators, and workers shaped by local, national and globalising forces and vice-versa?
  • Economics of education and training
    What are the contributions of education and training to economic and social development?

Group members


PhD students:

  • Miss Qingqing Xia
  • Miss Xiaojing Yan
  • Miss Shaoru Zeng
  • Mr Guangbao Fang
  • Mr. Richard Haywood
  • Miss Yovnne Tim God
  • Miss Weiqi Jiang
  • Miss Hanying Mao
  • Miss Laura Agudelo Pena
  • Miss Asha Murali Syamala
  • Miss Qingqing Xia
  • Miss Xiaojing Yan
  • Miss Shaoru Zeng
  • Miss Guo (Gloria) Zhang
  • Miss Liuyan Zhou