Robin Shields

Dr

20082020
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My research focuses on the globalization of education, using a sociological approach to study global trends in policy and practice. My recent research has investigated flows of international students in higher education, social media networks between universities, the relationship between education and inequality, and education in conflict-affected and fragile states. I am particularly interested in the application of new methodologies to these topics, with recent papers using social network analysis and multilevel modelling.

I hold a PhD in Education from UCLA, and my research has been funded by the Higher Education Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the European Commission, and the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs. I am also a co-editor of the Comparative Education Review and received the George Bereday Award for the most outstanding article in the journal in 2013. I am a member of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

At the University of Bath, I am Director of Studies for the DBA in Higher Education Management. This is an interdisciplinary professional doctorate for managers and administrators in higher education institutions. It has an extremely international composition with candidates in senior positions in many universities worldwide. I also teach on the University's Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice and supervise theses on the Education Doctorate (EdD) programme.

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Output 2008 2018

4 Citations

Following the leader? Network models of “world-class” universities on Twitter

Shields, R. 1 Feb 2016 In : Higher Education. 71, 2, p. 253-268

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

File
twitter
social media
leader
ranking
university
16 Citations

Globalization and international student mobility: a network analysis

Shields, R. 2013 In : Comparative Education Review. 57, 4, p. 609-636 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

File
network analysis
globalization
student
systems analysis
neoliberalism
7 Citations

'Development in reverse'? A longitudinal analysis of armed conflict, fragility and school enrolment

Shields, R. & Paulson, J. 2015 In : Comparative Education. 51, 2, p. 212-230 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
school enrollment
human security
cause
education

The network of bilateral aid to education 2005-2015

Shields, R. & Menashy, F. 20 Jul 2017 In : International Journal of Educational Development.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

aid
education
recipient
centralization
globalization

False equivalence? Differences in the post-16 qualifications market and outcomes in higher education

Shields, R. & Masardo, A. 20 Mar 2017 In : Educational Review. p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

equivalence
qualification
market
occupational qualification
education