This research area is informed by a variety of conceptual approaches and foci, including the sociology of education and policy, and entails exploration of local, national and international perspectives and insights. Researchers working in this space draw upon a variety of conceptual resources to better understand how policy is both developed and enacted. Research in this field is also informed by studies of globalization and transnationalism in relation to education institutions, policies and practices.

Research Projects


Beyond global discourses of data.

A/Prof Ian Hardy

World Englishes and teachers of English.

Dr Obaid Hamid

New Education Privatisation (NEP) in English Education for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): A four-nation comparative study.

Dr Susan Creagh

The Belt and Road Initiative and Educational Alliances: New modes of Asian regionalism

Role: Lead Chief Investigator - A/Prof Ravinder Sidhu

          Chief Investigator - Dr Suraiya Abdul Hameed

A/Prof Ravinder Sidhu

Dr Suraiya Abdul Hameed

The human-technology relationship: Examining the micro-practices built into digital technologies and how they orient and mediate young people's use and assessment of information online.

Funded by: UQ Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme

Funding amount: $22, 659

Dr Christina Gowlett

The ‘beautiful risk of education’ in high poverty communities: Experimenting constructively with connecting educational purposes, schooling and ‘disadvantage’.

Dr Stephen Heimans

Automation, ethics and society.

A/Prof Ian Hardy