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Professor Catherine Montgomery

Deputy Executive Dean, Global (on research leave Jan 2024 - Dec 2024)

Deputy Executive Dean, Global (on research leave Jan 2024 - Dec 2024) in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health
Professor (School of Education) / Deputy Executive Dean, Global (Faculty of Health and Social Sciences) in the School of Education
Fellow of the Durham Research Methods Centre


Catherine Montgomery is Professor in the School of Education and Deputy Executive Dean (Global) for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health at the University of Durham

Catherine has both a strategic leadership role in internationalisation at Durham and her research centres on internationalisation of higher education. Catherine has a particular interest in transnational higher education in China and East Asia. Her recent work focuses particularly on mobilities and immobilities in international higher education and the internationalisation of curriculum and knowledge. Catherine is also interested in flows of international students and what these can tell us about the changing landscapes of global higher education. Catherine is Editor of Compare: a Journal of International and Comparative Education.

Prior to joining Durham in September 2019, Catherine has held professorial posts at the University of Bath and the University of Hull, both with a focus on international higher education. Catherine is the founder and former director of the Centre for Research in Education in China and East Asia at the University of Bath and she has worked on international and comparative research projects in Denmark, Mexico and Vietnam including a British Council project focusing on Internationalisation strategy in Vietnam and an ESRC funded project looking at autonomy and democracy in education entitled Freedom to Learn.

Catherine has worked closely with Tec de Monterrey in Mexico researching the role of dialogic STEM education in addressing social and cultural disadvantage in Mexico and the UK. She is currently working with the prestigious Crick Institute in London on a funded research project focusing on their STEM outreach programme in schools in the London Borough of Camden.

Catherine has active collaborative research links with high profile universities in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Vietnam, Mexico and Europe. She holds a visiting professorship at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy; she is an invited Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2010.


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