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Associate Professor and CCHER Director

I graduated in Sociology and hold a doctorate in Political Science (specialised in International Relations). This educational background informs the way I seek to interrelate educational research with sociology and international studies. The sociology of education I seek to contribute to draws on critical state theory, political economy, economic sociology, sociology of professions and postcolonial studies with a view to better understanding the dialectical interaction between society, education and power. My empirical research predominantly focuses on the internationalisation of higher education but also addresses issues of vocational education and further education. My current research focuses in particular on geopolitics and higher education where I further develop the notion of educational diplomacy.



Doctoral Student

Having taught on UK HE law programmes since 2006 around the globe, for the past 10 years I have had the strategic and operational responsibility on leading international initiatives at a post 92 UK HEI Law School. I have led on the development of TNE law programmes with a number of overseas partners in addition to possessing oversight of international student recruitment and student mobility. Currently I manage overseas TNE arrangements on undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees overseas. of law students and actively manage current TNE partner programmes. Currently I manage collaborative provision partnerships at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.



Doctoral Student and Website Manager

I am currently doing my PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr. Eva Hartmann. My dissertation looks at the international student transition from universities to the global labour market, specifically in the US, UK and Germany context. I am interested in research on the Internationalisation of Higher Education, specifically in the power relations between higher education institutions, firms and the government. I earned a BA in International Studies from Earlham College in Indiana, USA and an MA in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York, USA. I have a decade of professional experience in managing international higher education programs in both Indonesia and the United States. I have previously worked with EducationUSA as the Senior Advisor for Indonesia, Earlham College as the Global Programs Coordinator, and as the Programs and Partnership Manager at an Ed-Tech Startup. In these jobs I worked within the university setting or to support the higher education field which brought me to this research group in Cambridge. I am also a Trafigura, Davis, Indonesian Government, and Jardine-Cambridge Scholar.



Doctoral Student

I am a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr. Eva Hartmann. I am interested in research related to the internationalization of higher education specifically internationalization at home and studies underpinning the internationalization of higher education initiatives in the global south. My thesis is driven by a commitment to make the internationalization agenda more accessible to higher education students from various socio-demographic backgrounds. Prior to my Ph.D. studies, I taught at a public university for 11 years. While I was teaching, I also shouldered numerous positions at the office of international affairs for almost six years, including coordinator for international cooperation, training and development, acting head of international cooperation, and acting director of the international office. I founded the Global Learning initiatives at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia in an effort to build a more sustainable and inclusive internationalization at home agenda. I have also taught in Poland and Czech Republic. I am the Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia scholar and a senior lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).



Doctoral Student

I'm a first-year PhD student at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. As I did my bachelor's degree in the field of philosophy and my master’s in higher education, I am currently working on the philosophy of higher education, especially on the issue of power in university. My research interest is to apply philosophical theories to address higher educational issues, such as to employ Gramsci’s concept of “passive revolution” to interpret China’s Shuangyiliu Rating Programme.

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Doctoral Student

With an interdisciplinary education background in education, public management and sociology, I have always been committed to understanding the identity of different groups of people, the mechanism of power interaction and practical social innovation methods for a better society.



Doctoral Student

Mira Al Hussein is a sociologist of education, whose work is focused on the Arab states of the Gulf, with an eye on the wider MENA region. Her current research is centred on the topic of mobilisation, mobilities and migration in the Gulf, including the little known area on Khaleeji émigrés in the West.



Visiting Fellow

Dr. Dan Zhang is an Associate Professor of Sociology of Education at the Institute of International and Comparative Education, East China Normal University (ECNU), and
currently a Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, the UK. Dr. Zhang holds two PhD degrees: a PhD in Sociology from the Center of Max Weber, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France and a PhD in Education from ECNU, China. She was a Visiting Scholar at Berkeley School of Education (BSE) (02/2011 – 06/2011), the USA and the Department of Education (09/2019), University of Hamburg, Germany. Her research interests cover education policy at global, national, and local levels from a comparative perspective; educational equity and gender socialization with migrant children; and internationalization of French higher education reform. As a PI, Dr. Zhang is well funded by many national and international funding bodies, including National Social Science Foundation (BDA190070), Ministry of Education of Republic of China (15YJC880123) and Sino-French program (JoRISS). She was recognized for her academic achievements by the highly competitive and selective talent programs, including ShuGuang Talent Program and PuJiang Talent Program.



Doctoral Student

Akihito is a researcher in the areas of international law and development with a particular emphasis on international crimes and culture, system level analysis of education and its implications for human security within the dynamics of international affairs. His current research focuses on cross-border education of displaced persons and international organisations.



Doctoral Student

I am currently doing PhD in Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Eva Barbara Hartmann. I am highly interested in exploring the ways education, politics and sociology are interconnected. My main area of interest is the knowledge production at higher education institutions. Before starting my PhD., I studied MPhil in Education, Globalization and International Development at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan.



Doctoral Student

My research focuses on the intersection of sociology and politics of higher education, including critical pedagogy and the role of ideology in education and learning as a resistance practice. My current project explores education made by political emigrates; drawing on a socio-spatial perspective, the project aims to investigate educative and knowledge-making hubs to understand them within (de)colonial discourse of Eastern Europe.

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Doctoral Student

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