W. John Morgan

Professor William John Morgan holds the UNESCO Chair of the Political Economy of Education and is Director of the Centre for Comparative Education Research, School of Education, University of Nottingham. He has conducted research and evaluation studies for both national and international agencies, including a major 2006 study of international teacher mobility for the British Government’s Department for International Development. Between 2002 and 2008 he was a member of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom and chaired the Commission’s Academic Staff Fellowships and Professional Fellowships committees. He is currently deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO, holding the Human Resources portfolio and convening the UNESCO-Chairs-UNITWIN Group. He is also a member of the UNIVERSITAS 21 advisory group on Higher Education and the Millennium Development Goals. Professor Morgan’s current research interests are in anthropological theory and educational practice and in comparative education and public policy, especially in states and societies in transition and in the context of globalization. A visiting fellow of the China Policy Institute, he was a joint convenor of the EU-China Forum on Comparative Social Policy, hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, 18th-19th September, 2007 and has recently guest-edited (with Albert Tuijnman) a special issue of the European Journal of Education, Vol.44, No. 1., March, 2009, on ‘Chinese-European Co-operation in Education’. In October 2008, he was an invited speaker at the 50th Anniversary Congress of the All-Russia Sociological Association, organized in Moscow by the Russian Academy of Sciences. A fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and of the Royal Society of Arts and an editorial board or correspondent of a number of academic journals, he has published numerous articles, reviews and books and supervised many doctoral students.