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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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Projects 2005 2018

Future Research Leaders Incubator Scheme - Berenice Scandone

Carmel, E. & Naidoo, R.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Accelerating International Research Collaboration Scheme - Business Schools, Social Responsibility and Inclusive Development

Naidoo, R.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

HE Pathways to Personal and Public Good

Naidoo, R.


Project: Research council

Student Engagement in Quality Assurance and Enhancement

Naidoo, R. & Van Der Velden, G.


Project: UK charity


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


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2002 2018

1 Citations
role play

Quality Assurance in Transnational Education

Williams, R. M., 30 Apr 2018, 204 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Open Access
quality assurance
management planning
intercultural communication

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
market organization
educational reform

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