5 December 2017

Journal article just published - "Aligning Institutional and National Contexts with Internationalization Efforts"

Delighted to see this article in print at last after a long-term collaboration with Christopher Johnstone (University of Minnesota) in its writing. In this article, we report on a study that explored internationalization in higher education institutions as it relates to two levels of “culture” -- institutional culture and national higher education culture. 

We examined two leading research-intensive universities with similar institutional cultures (as theorized by Bergquist & Pawlak, 2008), yet which reside in different national higher education contexts - the USA and Australia. Through cross-case analysis, we examined internationalization strategies as they relate to institutional culture and sought to draw inferences about the influence of national higher education cultures on these strategies. 

In conclusion, we propose the need to examine these two levels of cultures when developing internationalization strategies within institutions.

Full article available online here.

2 June 2017

Academic staff and international engagement in Australian higher education - PhD thesis

I'm delighted to advise that my PhD is now available Open Access from the University of Melbourne library website here. With thanks again to my supervisors, Sophie Arkoudis and Chi Baik, and my examiners for their support and input.

Having initially submitted just before Christmas, and then moved my life and family to Ireland to start a new job at University College Dublin in January, it's a great relief to know that this is behind me! Now I just need to find the time to turn the findings into an article...

2 March 2017

Internationalisation of higher education - where to from here?

In a chapter on internationalisation in the recently-launched volume 'Visions for Australian Tertiary Education' (Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education), Prof Sophie Arkoudis and I reflect on the international successes of the Australian higher education sector and ask a number of questions about the future. 

We argue that the sustainability of international education in Australia will depend on a more balanced approach to internationalisation in the future, clearly focused on opportunities for all students and staff and measured in terms of its broader contribution to society.


Seven key recommendations are made for the future, and the full text of our chapter is available here.


This MCHSE publication Education offers a set of imaginative, expert visions for the future of Australian tertiary education by leading education researchers. Collectively, its chapters present a forward looking agenda for transforming the sector.