Michael Crossley

Michael Crossley is Emeritus Professor of Comparative and International Education, Senior Research Fellow, Founding Director of the Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE) and Director of the Education in Small States Research Group, ESSRG, (www.smallstates.net) in the School of Education at the University of Bristol, UK. He is an Adjunct Professor of Education at The University of the South Pacific and a Research Associate in CERC at The University of Hong Kong. In 2017 – 2018 he was elected as President for the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE). Professor Crossley is a former Editor of the journal Comparative Education, is the Founding Series Editor for the Bristol Studies in Comparative and International Education (Bristol University Press) and is a member of the Editorial Boards for numerous leading international journals. Major research interests relate to: theoretical and methodological scholarship on the future of comparative and international education; education policy transfer theory and practice; research capacity and international development co-operation; and educational development in small states.

Professor Crossley has published around 250 articles and books in the field of Comparative and International Education. This work has developed a strong challenge to 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. Secondly, 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. He has supervised 50 doctoral students to successful completion and is a Fellow (FAcSS) of the UK Academy for the Social Sciences.

Recent publications include the book: Crossley, M., Arthur, L. and McNess, E. (Eds) (2015) Revisiting Insider-Outsider Research in Comparative and International Education. Oxford: Symposium Books.


Affiliation: University of Bristol

BAICE Role: BAICE President 2017 - 2018

Bio: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/people/person/Michael-Crossley-412f2e1a-bae2-4a15-8888-ea3e7c46daaa/