Keynote Speaker Announced

We are delighted to announce that Professor Roger Dale will be a keynote speaker at the OCIES 2017 conference. Roger Dale is Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Bristol, UK. He was previously Professor of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He was President of BAICE (British Association for International and Comparative Education) in 2015, and has been active in the Globalisation and Education Special Interest Group in CIES. He is co-editor and co-founder of the journal Globalisation, Societies and Education.

For more information about our keynote speakers, please visit the OCIES website

OCIES 2017 proposal deadline extended

The proposal deadline for the 2017 OCIES conference has been extended to 10 August 2017. Please visit for further information about the Call for Proposals, the online submissions procedure and details about the OCIES 2017 conference.


For those who have already submitted a proposal, we encourage you to register for the conference as soon as possible. Please note that the deadline for early bird registration closes on 1st August 2017. We also suggest that you make arrangements for your flights and accommodation as early as possible to avoid any last minute disappointment.   Information about registrations, accommodation and flights can be found on the OCIES website (


We look forward to seeing you in Noumea in November for OCIES 2017.




Comparative Education Seminar in Melbourne

Exploring challenges in education through innovation and collaboration

3-5.30pm, Thursday 27 July, 2017


Are you a Melbourne based researcher, student or practitioner interested in comparative and international education? Do you want to meet others who are working or researching in similar areas as you and to have the opportunity to learn about their work and experiences in an informal setting?

Then join us for an interactive afternoon for an opportunity to hear from speakers, share your ideas experiences and socialise at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, over drinks and nibbles.

Three speakers will stimulate our conversation with a panel discussion sharing their experiences and ideas about working and researching in a globalised, transnational world:

  • Professor Fazal Rizvi; Professor in Global Studies in Education, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor David Clarke; Director, International Centre for Classroom Research, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Radhika Gorur, Senior Lecturer in Education, Deakin University, DECRA Fellow


The panel discussion will be followed by structured networking sessions, focusing on different geographic regions exploring a variety of issues related to education reform, policy and practice.

We will be offering drinks and nibbles during the seminar.

Time: 3-5.30pm

Date: Thursday 27 July

Venue: Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne

To attend, please register on Eventbrite by 25 July.



New Edition of the International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives

The first general edition for 2017, Volume 16(2) has just been published. You can view this edition by visiting:


Dr. Sarah Jane Moore, artist extraordinaire, generous, wonderful, beautiful spirit presents Lunar Mother a work on canvas that expresses the vision of our journal: to look to the future of education.
As Sarah explains:

“It speaks to the figures, the stars, the constellations and the moon. It speaks to connection and possibility. It delineates forms and fins, and celestial beings. It too, is a story grounded in an umbilical cord that stretches for miles. The earth is our mother and so too the stars”.


OCIES 2017 proposal submissions closing soon

The closing date for proposals for the OCIES 2017 conference is fast approaching. Please submit individual paper abstracts, panel discussions, workshops and round table/talanoa proposals by 15th July 2017. Submissions can be made through the online submission form.

Emerging Scholar Scholarships are also available for postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers.  Please refer to the scholarships 2017 webpage for further details. Applications close 15th July 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at OCIES 2017.

Contributions for our next OCIES newsletter

The next issue of our OCIES newsletter will be published in July. We welcome contributions from members to make our newsletter relevant, engaging and informative. In particular, we invite pieces that explore:

  • Oceanic News:Send in your 500 – 600 word contribution (and photos) of recent comparative and international activities within the region. This could include teaching, research or networking events. Don’t forget to include a caption to accompany photos and the name/s of individuals. Please ensure that you have gained permission from individuals to publish their photo.
  • Book publications:Let us know if you have recently published a book. Send in a photo of the cover and a short blurb.
  • Blogs:We’d love to let members know about your blog. Let us know if you have a blog that explores issues relating to comparative and international education. Send a short blurb about your blog and the link.

Please send your contributions to the Communications Officer, Dr. Donella Cobb, at no later than 23rd June, 2017.

OCIES 2017 Keynote Speakers Announced

Professor N’Dri T. Assié-Lumumba, President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, and Professor Konai Thaman, a recent UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education and Culture at the University of the South Pacific, have been announced as our OCIES 2017 keynote speakers. Please visit the OCIES website for further details.