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Nicola Savvides


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Research interests

I am a Senior Lecturer in International Education and joined the Department for Education at the University of Bath in September 2017. I am a member of the Internationalisation and Globalisation of Education Research Cluster and my research interests include International and Intercultural Education; International Schools; Internationalisation of Higher Education; Comparative Education. I have worked on numerous funded collaborative research projects in these areas and am currently Principal Investigator on a BAICE-funded project looking at academics’ understandings and experiences of Internationalisation of the Curriculum at three Russell Group Universities. I teach on the MA Internationalisation and Globalisation, the MA Education, and the EdD (Doctor of Education). I supervise students at doctoral level and would like to hear from students interested in pursuing doctoral study in my areas of interest.

Externally, I am Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Education, University of London, based at the International Centre for Intercultural Studies and convene the BERA SIG Comparative and International Education. I am on the editorial boards of Compare, Intercultural Education, and Research in Comparative and International Education.

Prior to joining Bath, I worked as a Lecturer in Higher Education at Kings College London and as a Lecturer in Education at Durham University. I have held numerous academic appointments across a range of UK universities following completion of my ESRC 1+3 funded doctorate in Education at the University of Oxford in 2009, where I also completed two Masters degrees in Comparative and International Education and in Educational Research Methodology. My doctoral research involved a detailed examination of the EU’s education policy on the European dimension in education and an ethnographic multiple case-study of how three of the elite international ‘European Schools’ (Schola Europaea) are incorporating this policy into their curriculum.

Research interests

  • International Schools (especially Schola Europaea)
  • Intercultural and International Education
  • Internationalisation of Higher Education
  • Comparative and International Education

Current projects

  • Internationalising the Curriculum

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Projects 2017 2021

Research Output 2003 2019

Internationalising the curriculum: Education lecturers' understandings and experiences in a UK university

Savvides, N., 13 Nov 2019, Educational Approaches to Internationalization through Intercultural Dialogue. Reflections on Theory and Practice. Lundgren, U., Castro, P. & Woodin, J. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)
39 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
european identity
national identity
3 Citations (Scopus)

Guest Editorial: Second special issue on Intercultural Competence

Byram, M., Holmes, P. & Savvides, N., 27 Mar 2015, In : The Language Learning Journal. 43, 2, p. 129-130 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Methodological challenges: negotiation, critical reflection and the cultural other

Savvides, N., Al-Youssef, J., Colin, M. & Garrido, C., 2015, Revisiting Insider-Outsider Research in Comparative and International Education. Crossley, M., Arthur, L. & McNess, E. (eds.). Symposium Books, p. 113 - 129 17 p. (Bristol Papers in Education: Comparative and International Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access


In Search of Bilingual Education in Dubai’s Private K-12 Education Sector

Author: Azzam, Z., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Savvides, N. (Supervisor) & Shields, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Education (EdD)