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Research interests

I joined the Department of Education as a Lecturer / Assistant Professor in February 2019. I am a member of the Educational Leadership, Management and Governance Cluster and my research interests lie in distributed leadership, social justice leadership, leaders’ and teachers’ professional development, and educational leadership policy-making. Currently, I teach in the MA Internationalisation and Globalisation and the MA Education programmes. 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

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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Research Output

Finland: Changing Operational Environment Changing Finnish Educational Governance

Risku, M. & Tian, M., 26 Jun 2020, Educational Authorities and the Schools. Ärlestig, H. & Johansson, O. (eds.). Switzerland AG: Springer, Vol. 13. p. 37-54 (Educational Governance Research).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

A distributed leadership perspective on the Finnish curriculum reform 2014

Tian, M. & Risku, M., 2019, In : Journal of Curriculum Studies. 51, 2, p. 229-244 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Adult Education as a Tool for the Changing World

Risku, M. & Tian, M., 2019, International Scientific Conference Challenges for High Quality of Adult Education Conference Proceedings. Kangro, I., Fernate, A., Karklina, S. & Kraze, S. (eds.). Riga: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia, p. 184-189 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Debunk the myth of heroic leadership and embrace the era of distributed leadership

Tian, M., 26 Jun 2019, LEAD.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

Exploring Emotion Management Strategies of Junior High School Teachers in Shanghai, China

Li, W. S. & Tian, M., 28 May 2019, Emotion Management and Feelings in Teaching and Educational Leadership : Research and practice in transitional and developing societies. Oplatka, I. & Arar, K. (eds.). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., (Studies in Educational Administration).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter