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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

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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