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I am a Lecturer in International and Comparative Education at the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE) within the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED).

My teaching spans across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which feature a strong international and comparative component. I also enjoy my work as personal tutor and supervisor for students at all levels (UG, PGT, PhD).

My research focuses on the interlinks between education and mobility in the context of international higher education. I am particularly interested in international student migration into the UK and Europe and how this relates to, and is affected by, concurrent forms of global migration, diaspora and exile. I have also a keen interest in tourism, heritage and the cultural industries as meaningful sites of learning, memory formation and cultural contest.

I am member of the Higher Education Research Network (HERE@manchester) at the Manchester Institute of Education.






PhD (Tourism and Heritage Studies), Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change (Leeds Beckett University, 2011)

MA (Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology), University of Vienna (2003)

PGCert (University of Hull, 2016)

Research interests

  • International education and academic mobilities in a globalised world
  • Social in/exclusion and participation in international higher education
  • Travel and tourism as sites of learning, ideological contest and memory formation
  • Learning through heritage and cultural events

Activities and esteem

Co-Editor - Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change (JTCC, Taylor&Francis)

Co-Convenor - SRHE International Research and Researchers Network

External Examiner (MA Education) - Department of Education, University of Bath

External Examiner and Supervisor - MSc Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Sheffield

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Higher Education Academy (HEA) - Fellow

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) - Member

Network European Citizenship Education (NECE) - Member

Culture, Place and Policy Institute (University of Hull) - Associate Researcher

Supervision information

I welcome PhD applications in the following areas: 

  • International and transnational higher education
  • Global mobilities and/in higher education
  • Diversity, inclusion and social justice in higher education
  • Travel and tourism as sites of education and learning 
  • Learning and participation through heritage and cultural events


Completed PhD supervisions (indicative theses titles): 

Dr Mary Cryan (2021, EdD) Education, transition, and self-identity among school-aged mothers.

Dr Mike Parker (2021, EdD) Resilience and students' attrition in a UK  Bachelor of Science Nursing Programme.

Dr Lee Fallin (2020, EdD) Reading the academic library: an exploration of the conceived, perceived and lived spaces of the Brynmor Jones Liberary at the University of Hull.

Dr Barbara Grabher (2020) Gendering Cities of Culture. City/Capital of Culture mega-events and the potential for gender Equallity.

Dr Ally Dunhill (2019, EdD) Shifting narratives and ideologies in the international language of children's rights. A critical discourse analysis.

Dr Steve Ward (2019, PhD by publication) The artistic and pedagogical dimensions of Circus in the UK.

Dr Safyah Aldayel (2018) The use of wiki technology in support of self-regulated learning among female university students in Saudi Arabia.

Dr Erica Lau (2017) Intercultural communities of practice in UK - Hong Kong transnational higher education partnerships.

Dr Alys Mendus (2017) A rhizomatic edge-ucation: Searching for the 'ideal school' through school tourism and performative auto-ethnographic-we.



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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, Tourism, heritage and place making in an Austrian World Heritage Site , Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 11 Jul 2010

External positions

Editor Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, Taylor & Francis Group plc

30 Sept 2001 → …

Areas of expertise

  • L Education (General)
  • International education
  • Higher Education
  • GN Anthropology
  • Tourism
  • heritage


  • International Education, Higher Education, Tourism, Heritage;


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