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Research interests

My research focuses on the international dimension of higher education: transnational education, international partnerships, faculty mobility, cultural diplomacy, research capacity building, and regionalization. I am interested in comparative studies that examine the development of higher education in the context of social and political transformations. My work also examines the intersection between higher education and international relations.

Previously, I was an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University, the flagship university of Kazakhstan. I was involved in developing this new international university as a member of the Faculty Senate and service committees (Research, Teaching & Learning, Ethics, etc.). I also co-led a national research project on faculty mobility and research capacity as funded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. At the University of British Columbia (Centre for Intercultural Communication), I spent nearly 10 years designing and managing international and intercultural programs for students, faculty, staff, corporate clients, adult educators, and city librarians.

I completed my PhD in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, under a fellowship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. My doctorate included a specialization in Comparative, International & Development Education. My thesis focused on internationalization in East and Southeast Asia (Best Dissertation Award 2015, Comparative and International Education Society's Special Interest Group Higher Education). I hold a master's degree in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia.

Willing to supervise PhD

I am very interested in supervising theses on international and comparative higher education.

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Adult Education, Master of Education, University of British Columbia


  • Higher Education
  • International Relations

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Research Output 2012 2019

Building local research capacity in higher education: a conceptual model

Lee, J. T. & Kuzhabekova, A., 4 May 2019, In : Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 41, 3, p. 342-357 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

1 Citation (Scopus)

Relocation Decision of International Faculty in Kazakhstan

Kuzhabekova, A. & Lee, J., 21 May 2018, In : Journal of Studies in International Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Reverse flow in academic mobility from core to periphery: motivations of international faculty working in Kazakhstan

Lee, J. T. & Kuzhabekova, A., 27 Jul 2018, In : Higher Education. 76, 2, p. 369-386 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
academic career
new building
Central Asia

International Faculty Contribution to Local Research Capacity Building: A View from Publication Data

Kuzhabekova, A. & Lee, J., 29 Aug 2017, In : Higher Education Policy. p. 1-24 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

network analysis
content analysis
social network

Higher Education in Kazakhstan

Kovaleva, L. & Lee, J., 7 Oct 2016, The Palgrave Handbook of Asia Pacific Higher Education. Collins, C., Lee, M., Hawkins, J. & Neubauer, D. (eds.). Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 653-663 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter