Prof. Michael Crossley

Prof. Michael Crossley

University of Bristol, UK

Professor of Comparative and International Education, Coordinator of the Research Centre for International and Comparative Studies

Director of the Education in Small States Research Group (

Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK

Adjunct Professor of Education, The University of the South Pacific

Adviser and Visiting Professor, Centre for Research in International and Comparative Education (CRICE), the University of Malaya


  • Former Editor of the journal Comparative Education
  • Former Vice-Chair and Chair of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)
  • Founding Series Editor for the Bristol Papers in Education: Comparative and International Studies (Symposium Books), and is a member of the Editorial Boards for Comparative Education, the International Journal of Educational Development and Research in Post-compulsory Education, a Corresponding Editor for the International Review of Education, and a former Chair of the Editorial Board for Compare
  • Editor for the Papua New Guinea Journal of Education and a former Associate Dean at the University of Papua New Guinea (between 1985 and 1990)
  • Undertaken teaching, research and consultancy work in countries that include England, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan, China/ Hong Kong, Belize, Botswana, Saint Lucia, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Fiji, Malaysia, Sarawak , Maldives and Malta
  • Consultancies have been carried out for bodies that include The World Bank, UNESCO/IIEP, the Commonwealth Secretariat, DFID, and various national governments, and he is a Trustee for the United Kingdom Forum for International Education and Training (UKFIET)
  • Major research interests relate to: theoretical and methodological scholarship on the future of comparative and international education; the dilemmas of uncritical international transfer in education policy and research; research and evaluation capacity and international development co-operation; and educational development in small states
  • Published widely - over 200 articles and books in the field of Comparative and International Education
  • His work has developed a strong critique of the uncritical international transfer of educational policy, practice and research modalities. In doing so, it is argued that "context matters" more than many policy makers and researchers recognise. This trajectory of research points to the potential to be gained from a "bridging of cultures and traditions" within and beyond the Social Sciences if Comparative and International Education is to enhance its contribution to both policy development and the advancement of theory. This is reflected in peer reviewed journal articles and in the book Crossley, M. and Watson, K. Comparative and International Research in Education: Globalisation, Context and Difference. London and New York : Routledge (2003)
  • An elected as an Academician (AcSS) by the UK Academy for the Social Sciences (in 2005)
  • Director of the University of Bristol, Doctor of Education Programme (EdD) in Bristol and Hong Kong, and teaches Masters and Doctoral courses on research methodology and Comparative and International Education
  • Supervised more than 30 completed doctoral dissertations in the field of Comparative and International Education, coming from many countries worldwide