QueAnh Dang


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    I am an interdisciplinary researcher/Assistant Professor studying higher education and international development at the Centre for Global Learning (GLEA). My research interests include globalisation and doctoral education, SDGs-related international research partnerships, the cultural political economy of higher education, higher education regionalism, soft power and knowledge diplomacy in Asia and Europe.

    I am currently leading the British Council-funded PEER project investigating Higher Education and Research Partnerships between the UK and 15 East Asian countries in the past decade.

    I read Sociology of Education (MA) at Aarhus University, Denmark, MSc in Development Studies at Copenhagen Business School, and earned a PhD degree in Sociology of Higher Education from Bristol University, UK with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Grant.

    I have been working in the education sector since 1996 and at universities in Denmark, Germany and England for over 15 years. Before joining GLEA, I have worked as Collaborative PhD Programmes Manager at Coventry Doctoral College. Building on my previous jobs at the British Council, Aarhus, Bristol and Coventry universities, I have gained solid experience and in-depth knowledge about international education partnerships at institutional, national and regional levels; multi-layered governance and the roles of international organisations in education policy-making.

    My academic work draws on my hands-on experience as well as my inter-disciplinary academic background combining educational sociology, development studies and international relations. I am a co-editor and an author of the book ‘Global Regionalisms and Higher Education’ and have published articles in various international journals. In 2017 I was awarded the prize of ‘Excellent Paper from an Emerging Scholar’ by the Standing Group on The Politics of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)


    Research Interests

    I am interested in studying education policies and practices that facilitate the development of globally-oriented graduates. I view international education partnerships as social constructs that are simultaneously cultural, political and economic projects. They emerge out of the interaction between ideas and imaginaries, as well as strategies that are advanced and (re)produced by a range of social actors. I am keen to explore why these projects emerge, what sources of their legitimacy are, how their agendas get set, by whom and for whom?

    I would welcome contact from research partners and/or prospective PhD students about the following research areas:

    • Internationalisation of doctoral education, social imaginaries and social mobility;
    • Dynamic spatial, temporal and social interactions between education and societies (with a focus on equity and inclusive development);
    • SDGs-related educational research partnerships and globally-oriented graduates;
    • Cultural political economy of education;
    • Globalisation, regionalism and multi-layered governance in transnational higher education;
    • Knowledge diplomacy, intercultural engagement and power relations.

    PhD Project

    PhD principal supervisor for:

    Syuzanna Sahakyan, PhD candidate FT, 9.2023-27, in collaboration with the Council of Europe, France. Theme: The role of universities in creating a democratic Europe.

    Ciaran Floyd Mullan, PhD candidate PT, 9.2023-29, Theme: Education policy on artificial intelligence in teacher training in Vietnam to meet SDGs targets.

    Mark Andrew Elepano, PhD candidate FT, 5.2023-26, Cotutelle with Aarhus Uni, DK. Theme: Social Imaginaries and Doctoral Education

    Sarah Patrick, PhD candidate PT, 1.2022-28. Theme: Students Lived Experiences in Collaborative Doctoral Programmes

    Jacoba Magdelena Barnard, PhD candidate PT, 5.2021-25, Dual Award PhD with Stellenbosch Uni. Theme: Creativity and Higher Education Curriculum in England and South Africa

    Bontle Beauty Monnanyane, PhD candidate PT, 5.2021-25, Dual Award PhD with Stellenbosch Uni. Theme: HE Curriculum and Graduate Attributes

    Advisor for:

    Qin Jiang, visiting researcher, 10.2023-9.2024. Theme: Internationalisation at Chinese Medical universities.

    PhD co-supervisor for:

    Bola Ibrahim, PhD Candidate, PT, 1.24-29. Theme: Transnational Education (TNE) in receiving countries.

    Benih Hartanti, PhD candidate FT, 9.2021-25. Theme: Value-based Governance in Private Universities in Indonesia.

    Mark Dawson, PhD candidate FT, 9.2020-24. Theme: Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and Global Graduates.

    Research Interests

    Regular reviewer for several international journals, such as:
    - Higher Education Policy Journal, Palgrave
    - Policy Futures in Education, SAGE
    - Globalisation, Societies and Education, Taylor and Francis
    - Asia Pacific Education Review, Springer

    - Journal of Asian Public Policy, Taylor and Francis

    - The European Journal of Higher Education (EJHE), Taylor and Francis

    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 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Sociology of Education, MA, Aarhus University

    Business and Development Studies, MSc, Copenhagen Business School

    Economics, Degree, Foreign Trade University

    Sociology of Higher Education, Doctorate, Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM): Processes and Politics of Higher Education Regionalism, University of Bristol


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