Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society


Global Ethics in Higher Education

Project Description

This International Research Network focuses on global ethics in higher education, particularly in processes of internationalisation: how transnational subjects, relations and ideals are constituted and framed, their historicity, political economy, and implications for educational practice and research in higher education. The networks studies concepts associated with ‘global citizenship’ (ideas of social responsibility, mobility, interculturality and cosmopolitanism), as expressed in higher education mission statements, policies, curriculum, and international initiatives. Specific policy areas include international cooperation, study abroad and service learning schemes.

Project Details

Principal Investigators:

Professor Vanessa de Oliveira (Professor of Global Education, University of Oulu)


Dr Su-ming Khoo (Lecturer, NUI Galway)
Prof Gert Biesta (Professor of Education, University of Stirling)
Prof Sharon Todd (Professor of Education, University of Stockholm)
Prof Carl Anders Safstrom (Professor of Education, Mälardalen University)
Prof Lynn Mario de Souza (Professor of Linguistics, University of Sao Paulo)
Prof Anne Hickling Hudson (Professor of Education, University of Technology Brisbane)
Prof Diana Brydon (Canadian chair for Globalization, University of Manitoba)
Prof Alison Jones (Professor of Education, University of Auckland)
Prof Crain Soudien (Professor of Education, University of Cape Town)
Prof Ali Abdi and Ass Prof Lynette Shultz (directors of Centre for Global Citizenship, University of Alberta)
Prof George Sefa Dei (Professor of Equity, University of Toronto)
Prof Laura Rendon (professor of Education, University of Texas San-Antonio)
Prof Thomas Popkewitz (Professor of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Prof Michalinos Zembylas (Professor of Education, University of Cyprus)
Dr Doug Bourn (Director of Centre for Development Education Research - University of London)
Dr David Jefferess (Ass Prof of English, University of British Columbia, Okaganan)
Dr Cheryl McEwan (Reader in Human Geography, University of Durham)
Dr Shane Edwards (Academic coordinator, University Te Wananga o Aotearoa)
Dr Priscila Settee (Ass Prof of Indigenous Studies, University of Saskatchewan)
Dr Lisa Taylor (Ass Prof of Teacher Education, Bishop University)
Dr Harriet Marshall (University of Bath)

External Partners:




Grant Source:

World Educational Research Association

Grant Amount:


Project Outputs

Publications related to the project:

Khoo, S. (in press) Between engagement and citizenship – Scholarship, public policy and their others, in L. Shultz (Ed.) Education and the Political Project of Engagement and Disengagement, Sense Publishers

Khoo, S (2012) ‘Educating within Culture and Human Rights: What can a capabilities approach add?’ in Hashemi, K. and Briskman, L. (Eds.) NAM Year Book on Human Rights and Cultural diversity: Cultures in Support of Humanity - Volume 1, Tehran. Non-aligned Movement Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, pp. 444-75, available online at:

Khoo, S (2012) ‘Re-routing the postcolonial university: educating for citizenship in managed times’ in Vanessa Andreotti and Lynn Mario T. M. de Souza (Eds). Postcolonial Perspectives on Global Citizenship Education. London and New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis, pp. 200-220

Khoo, S (2011) ‘The shifting policy landscape of development education’ Policy and Practice – a Development Education Review 13, Autumn, pp 1-10, available:

Khoo, S (2011) Ethical Globalisation or Privileged Internationalisation? Exploring global citizenship and internationalisation in Irish and Canadian universities Globalisation, Societies, Education 9: 3-4, 337-353.

Other related outputs/outcomes:

Accepted: AERA symposium: Global Ethics in Higher Education: starting an international conversation
Four journal articles in preparation, one edited book, coordination of IRN work package

Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society