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Director International Centre for Higher Education Management

I have held a range of faculty and management positions in the UK and South Africa including in an innovative institution which aimed to transform higher education in apartheid South Africa. I am a past Honorary Secretary of the Society for Research in Higher Education. Multi-national research projects have included transnational higher education, the academic profession and higher education and equity. I have keynoted conferences in many countries including Mexico, Finland, Ireland, Denmark, England, Trinidad and South Africa. Other contributions have included executive development programmes for university leaders. I am on the editorial Boards of the British Journal of Sociology of Education, Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education and the International Journal of Sociology of Education. I sit  on the Research and Development Committee of the European Foundation for Management Development. I co-edit  the book series  Global Higher Education (Palgrave/Macmillan) and African Higher Education Dynamics (African Minds). 

My research interests include :

  • Public Sector Markets and New Public Management
  • The Changing Academic Profession and Academic Identities
  • Global Commodification and the Student as Consumer
  • Transnational Higher Education and Global Governance
  • Knowledge Innovation and Developing Societies
  • Imperialism and Higher Education in the 21st Century

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Future Research Leaders Incubator Scheme - Berenice Scandone

Carmel, E. & Naidoo, R.


Project: Research-related funding

HE Pathways to Personal and Public Good

Naidoo, R.



Project: Research council


Lowe, J. A., Bishop, K. N., Denley, P. & Naidoo, R.

Department for International Development


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    47 Downloads (Pure)

    Constructing a national higher education brand for the UK: positional competition and promised capitals

    Lomer, S., Papatsiba, V. & Naidoo, R., 2018, In : Studies in Higher Education. 43, 1, p. 134-153 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 17 Citations (Scopus)

    The competition fetish in higher education: Shamans, mind snares and consequences

    Naidoo, R., 1 Sep 2018, In : European Educational Research Journal. 17, 5, p. 605-620 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
    96 Downloads (Pure)
    2 Citations (Scopus)

    Colombia: how universities can help to build lasting peace

    Restrepo, J. & Naidoo, R., 14 Nov 2017, The Conversation.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access


    Becoming an Intrapreneurial University: The Role of the External Entrepreneur in the Academic Heartland of Art and Design.

    Author: Hunt, E., 27 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Naidoo, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Business (DBA)


    Faculty Perception Of Branding: A Multi-case Qualitative Study

    Author: Pringle, J., 10 Dec 2014

    Supervisor: Naidoo, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Business (DBA)


    Higher Education Marketisation in Ghana: Intentions and Implications for Equity and Widening Participation

    Author: Bondzie, G. K., 15 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Enders, J. (Supervisor) & Naidoo, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Business (DBA)


    Managerial Causes and Consequences of the Introduction of Credit Frameworks: The case of Colombian Universities

    Author: Restrepo, J., 22 May 2015

    Supervisor: Naidoo, R. (Supervisor) & Dale, R. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Business (DBA)


    Managing Professional Development of Academic Staff to Enhance University Performance

    Author: Murphy, J., 25 Jun 2014

    Supervisor: Jamieson, I. (Supervisor) & Naidoo, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Business (DBA)