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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

International and Comparative Education

A research group of the School of Education.

Research in this cluster draws together the expertise from the extensive and varied international dimensions of educational research from across the department. The cluster centres on multidisciplinary, international and intercultural research which positions educational issues in an international and comparative framework. The cluster engages with methodological, epistemological and theoretical projects which advance understandings of educational issues through international and comparative lenses. Social, spatial and linguistic inequalities are central to the synergies of this group, including explorations around relational educational inequalities between the ‘Global North and Global South’.

Researchers collaborating in this cluster recognise the multiplicity of individuals’ languages, cultures, identities, histories. The collaborations in the cluster foreground youth participation, engagement and responsibility for social justice, both locally and globally. A broad range of projects across the department involve international and comparative methodologies with sites of exploration and collaboration including China, South Africa, Jordan, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, Turkey, Australia and many contexts across Europe. 

The researchers in the cluster draw on a range of perspectives in international education and comparative methodologies. This includes large scale national and international comparisons as well as research that foregrounds socially constructed, dialogic, experiential and reflexive approaches to research and learning, and approaches that give voice to people from marginalised communities, particularly around experiences of migration and mobility. Intercultural education and the role of language, culture, identity and belonging are an integral part of the cluster.

For further information contact the cluster lead Professor Catherine Montgomery.

These concepts and research strands are central to the following (internationally and nationally funded) projects and research undertaken by colleagues in the school:

EUROMEC: European Identity, Culture, Exchanges and Multilingualism
Jean Monnet Network Project (553397-EPP-1-2014-1-BG-EPPJMO-NETWORK)

Here To Stay? Identity, Belonging and Citizenship Among Eastern European Settled Migrant Children in the UK
Economic and Social Research Council (UK) Standard Research Grant Project (ES/M011038/1, 2016-2019)

IEREST: Intercultural Education Resources for Erasmus Students and their Teachers
LLP ERASMUS Project (527373-LLP-1-2012-1-IT-ERASMUS-ESMO)

Researching Multilingually
Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Network Research Project (AH/J005037/1)

Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language: the Body, Law and the State
Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Large Grant Project (AH/L006936/1).

RICH-Ed: Resources for Interculturality in Chinese Higher Education
ERASMUS+ Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices: Capacity building in Higher Education (KA2).

The Chequered History of British University Engagements with Chinese
British Academy (UK)
Dr Tinghe Jin (supervised by Professor Prue Holmes)

Intercultural Reflection on Teaching
Erasmus+ KA203 Grant 2018-1-UK01-KA203-047920. Key Action Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practice. Action Strategic partnerships for higher education.

An Erasmus+ funded project involving Durham University (UK), Goethe University (Frankfurt, Germany) and University of Padua (Italy). The IntRef project combines the development of innovative methods that enhance and internationalise reflection on university teaching with research into their effectiveness.

Research Projects


Academic Staff

Emeritus and Honorary Staff

Research Students


  • Prof Sara Ganassin

From other departments

  • Prof Abderrahim Taamouti (in the Business School)

Publications by staff in this group

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