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Research interests

I am Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, Management and Governance and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Education in Asia (CREA). My research interests lie in distributed leadership, social justice leadership, leaders’ and teachers’ professional development, and educational leadership policy-making. Currently, I teach in Doctorate in Education (EdD), MA Internationalisation and Globalisation, and MA Education (blended learning) programmes and supervise over a dozen Ph.D. and EdD students. On top of my teaching and research work at the University of Bath, I also hold an appointment as the co-Convenor for the Network 26 Educational leadership at the European Educational Research Association (EERA).

Before joining the University of Bath, I studied a Bachelor’s degree (Educational Administration) at the East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. From 2007 to 2017, I completed both a Master’s and a Ph.D degree (Educational Leadership) at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. My doctoral thesis explored and compared distributed leadership practices in Finnish and Shanghai schools. From 2017 to 2019, I worked first as a Postdoctoral Researcher then as a Senior Researcher at the University of Teacher Education Zug, Switzerland. During those two years, I conducted several systematic reviews mapping the development of educational leadership, administration and management research.

Research interests

  • Distributed leadership
  • Social justice leadership
  • Leaders’ and teachers’ professional development
  • Educational leadership policy-making
  • Comparative education

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Educational Leadership, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä

Award Date: 16 Dec 2017

Educational Leadership, Master of Arts, University of Jyväskylä

Award Date: 30 Nov 2011

Educational Administration, Bachelor of Arts, East China Normal University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007

External positions

Co-Convenor for the Network 26 Educational leadership, European Educational Research Association

Sep 2018 → …


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