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The Higher Education Research Group (HERG)

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Welcome to the Higher Education Research Group

HERG is a new interdisciplinary research group coordinated by Terri Kim. HERG brings together academics with multi-disciplinary interests in higher education, broader education philosophy, politics and policy sociology, and continuing professional development (CPD). The research interests of this group cover the following four themes, drawing on comparative international and transnational perspectives:

  • Changing policies of HE
  • Urgency of Teaching & Learning in HE
  • Social and philosophical foundations of HE
  • Equity in HE - in collaboration with Continuum: Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies


Terri Kim

Dr. Terri Kim is a Professor of Comparative Education in the Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London (UEL), and Associate in the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES), Institute of Education, University of London. As a specialist in Comparative Higher Education, she has been a full time Lecturer at Brunel University for 10 years. In this period, she was invited as a Visiting Scholar at the Collège de France in Paris in 2006, and also invited as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Monash University in 2013, where she gave the Sixth Annual LASC Lecture in the Faculty of Arts, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  Previously she worked as a research consultant for OECD in Paris; a Visiting Research Scholar in International Relations at LSE in London; a Brain Korea 21 Contract Professor at Seoul National University in Korea. She has published one book and over 35 articles internationally in the field of higher education. She is a member of the CESE (Comparative Education Society in Europe) Executive Committee and currently serving as a member of the Executive Board of International Studies in Sociology of Education journal. She is also on the editorial board of major international journals: Comparative Education, Intercultural Education, and Gender and Education (all Routledge Taylor & Francis journals); and on the international advisory board of Research in Comparative and International Education (Oxford Symposium Journal), International Journal of Education for Diversity (University of Helsinki journal) and The Spanish Journal of Comparative Education [Revista Española de Educación Comparada-R.E.E.C.].

Her research interests cover the following themes - international relations and the changing governance of higher education, knowledge, and the academic profession; academic migration and the knowledge economy, with special reference to Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific countries.  Many of her invitational writings and plenary talks have taken into account the future directions and strategic needs of Governments, international agencies, and policy think tanks – e.g. OECD, UNESCO-UNEVOC, EMN (European Migration Network), Academia Europaea, UKCGE (UK Council for Graduate Education), University World News, QS Aim, etc.

International Members:

External Advisor to HERG:

  • Professor Sir Peter Scott, Director of CHES, Institute of Education, University of London; Former Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University)

Current and recent research work (since 2008)

  • Kim, T. (2014) The intellect, mobility and epistemic positioning in doing comparisons and comparative education, Comparative Education 50th Anniversary Special Issue Vol. 50 No.1, pp. 58-72 (
  • Kim, T. (2010) Transnational Academic Mobility, Knowledge and Identity Capital In Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. Special Issue on International Academic Mobility. Edited by J. Fahey and J. Kenway. Vol. 31, No. 5, pp.  577-592 Routledge journal: ISSN 0159-6306:
  • Kim, T. (2009) Transnational Academic Mobility, Internationalisation and Interculturality in Higher Education In Intercultural Education Special Issue on Interculturality and Higher Education. Edited by T. Kim & M.  Otten. Vol. 20, No. 5, pp. 395-405 Routledge Journal: ISSN 1467-5986:
  • Kim, T. & Otten, M. (eds). (2009) Interculturality and Higher Education, Special Issue of Intercultural Education, Vol. 20, No. 5. Routledge Journal: ISSN 1467-5986.
  • Kim, T. (2009) ‘Shifting patterns of transnational academic mobility: A comparative and historical approach’ In Comparative Education Special Issue on Mobilities and educational metamorphoses: patterns, puzzles, and possibilities. Edited by R. Cowen and E. Klerides, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 387-403 Routledge Journal: ISSN 0305-0068:
  • Kim, T. (2008) Changing University Governance and Management in the UK and Elsewhere under Market Conditions: Issues of Quality Assurance and Accountability In Intellectual Economics Scientific Research Journal, Vol. 2, No. 4 [INTELEKTINË EKONOMIKA Mokslo darbø þurnalas, Nr. 2(4)] Mykolas Romeris University OECD/IMHE Conference Proceedings on ‘Higher Education under Market Conditions’ held in Vilnius, Lithuania, 17-18 April 2008 pp. 33-42 ISSN: 1822-8011; Published in both English and Lithuanian:
  • Kim, T. (2008) Higher Education Reforms in South Korea: public-private problems in internationalising and incorporating universities In Policy Futures in Education Special Issue on University Restructuring Experiences in East Asia: myth and reality, edited by K. Mok & D. Chan, Vol. 6, No. 5, pp. 558-568 Oxford Symposium Journal: ISSN 1478-2103,
  • Walker, P. (2013) British government policies on international students in higher education from Colonialism to the Coalition: developments and consequences,  Journal of Studies in International Education.
  • Walker, P. (2010) Guests and hosts - the global market in international higher education.  Reflections on the Japan – UK axis in study abroad in Journal of Research in International Education Vol 9 No 2 August 2010 pp 169-184
  • Walker, P. (2008) Two Hundred Years Later and Still Working Towards Social Cohesion and Mutual Understanding. Is there a role for the metropolitan multicultural universities? Occasional Papers in Education and Lifelong Learning, Vol. 2 Number 1,  Middlesex University Press  ISBN 978-1-85924-237-7
  • Ang, L.L., Trushell, J.M. & Walker, P. (2009) Learning & Teaching in a Metropolis.  Amsterdam Atlanta : Rodopi.
  • Kim, T. (2013) Comments on Stephanie Bird: ‘Public Trust and Institutions of Higher Learning: Implications for Professional Responsibility’ Chapter 3. In Engwall, L. and Scott, P. (eds). Trust in Higher Education Institutions: Ethical and Quality Standards in Research and Teaching, London: Portland Press, pp. 34-39 ISBN 9781855781948.
  • Kim, T. (2013) Academic Mobility and Comparative Knowledge Creation: a biographic narrative approach In AA.VV. Conversaciones con un maestro (Liber Amicorum). Estudio interdisciplinar de discípulos y colegas en homenaje al profesor DR. D. José Luis García Garrido, Catedrático Emérito de Universidad. Madrid, Ediciones Académicas-UNED, pp. 339-352. ISBN-13; 978-84-92477-93-7 published in both Spanish and English
  • Kim, T. (2013) The (un)changing relationship between the State and Higher Education in South Korea: some surprising continuities amid transition In Goodman, R., Kariya, T. & Taylor, J. (eds). The Changing Relationship between the State and Higher Education in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and the UK, Oxford Studies in Comparative Education Series, Symposium Books, pp. 235-260 ISBN 978-1-873927-76-2
  • Kim, T. (2011) Globalization and Higher Education in South Korea – towards ethnocentric internationalization or global commercialization of higher education? In King, R., Marginson, S. & Naidoo, R. (eds). Handbook of Globalization and Higher Education, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., pp. 286-305 ISBN: 978 1 84844 585 7
  • Kim, T. (2009) Confucianism, Modernities and Knowledge: China, South Korea, and Japan (Chapter 55) In Cowen, R. & Kazamias, A. (eds). The International Handbook of Comparative Education, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 857-872 ISBN: 978-1-4020-6402-9
  • Kim, T. (2008) Transnational Academic Mobility in a Global Knowledge Economy: comparative and historical motifs (Chapter 18) In Epstein, D., Boden, R., Deem, R., Rizvi, F. & Wright, S. (eds)The World Yearbook of Education 2008, Geographies of Knowledge and Geometries of Power: Framing the Future of Higher Education, London: Routledge, pp. 319-337 ISBN: 978-0-4159-6378-7
  • Yonezawa, A. &  Kim, T. (2008) The Future of Higher Education in a Context of a Shrinking Student Population: Policy Challenges for Japan and Korea (Chapter 7) In Higher Education to 2030. Vol. 1: Demography// L'enseignement supérieur en 2030. Vol. 1: Démographie, edited by Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, Paris: OECD, pp. 199-216 ISBN: 978-9-2640-4065-6
  • Walker, P. (2012) Managing student misconduct in UK, in C.J. Russo, et al (Eds). Best practices for student misconduct on six continents, New York: Littlefield and Rowman 
  • Walker, P. (2011) The Education System of Japan: In a class of its own in Schneller, P.L.  & Wolhuter, C., Navigating the C’s  : Creativity Care Compassion Contribution and Critical awareness. An Introduction to Comparative Education for the 21st Century Keurkopie, Potchefstroom, South Africa
  • Walker, P. (2009) Hard times, hard choices. How can universities weather the global recession?  Investigating sustainable strategies, policies and practices in Wolhuter, C.C. & Herman, H.D.  Education for development in Hard Times, SACHES: Cape Town, South Africa  pp 192-199 ISBN 978-1-86822-589-7
  • Walker, P. (2009) The Commodification of British Higher Education: Trials and Triumphs of Massification in the Metropolitan University in Ang, L.L., Trushell, J.M & Walker, P. (2009) Learning & Teaching in a Metropolis.  Amsterdam Atlanta : Rodopi  pp 195-210
  • Walker, P. (2008), No more manic Mondays: "Neets" & "Freeters" in contemporary Japanese Society, in Hudson, A., Saunders, D,  Jones, P., et al, (Eds) Social Justice and Lifelong Learning: Diversity, Globalisation, Transformation, FACE: London
  • Walker, P. & Ogunleye, J. (2008) Moving Towards Mass Higher Education in the UK – Creating Universities for the People in Inner London, in Popov, N. et al (eds) Comparative Education, Teacher Training, Education Policy and Social Inclusion, pp193-197, Bureau for Educational Services, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Kim, T. (2011) Socrates in the boardroom; why research universities should be led by top scholars', Book Review In Comparative Education, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 284-86 (Routledge Journal: ISSN 0305-0068).
  • The 4th International Conference of SKIE (Society for Knowledge-based Innovation and Education): Knowledge, Innovation and Education, Plenary speech, held at Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 30-31 March 2013
  • UKCGE Winter Conference 2012: ‘Postgraduate Higher Education – The Forgotten Sector?’, 10th February 2012, Grand Connaught Rooms, London
  • JEP (Journal fuer Entwicklungspolitik) Authors’ Conference - Journal of Development Studies Special Issue:special issue editors of Freie Universität Berlin, Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft,  Berlin, 16-17 March 2012. 
  • ICAMM 3 (International Conference on Academic Mobility and Migration), Universiti Putra Malaysia Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia, 4-5 July 2012. 
  • Learning Global Conference, held in the University of Northampton, Keynote Lecture, 11 May 2011.
  • International Sociology of Education Conference, held in the Royal Foundation of St. Katharine, London, Docklands, 7 November 2009; 5 November 2011.
  • International Higher Education Forum sponsored by the MEXT and Japan Foundation, and held at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, 29-30 October 2009
  • The 75th Anniversary Conference of CARA (Council for Assisting Refugee Academics) on In Defence of Learning: the past and the present held at The British Academy, 5 December 2008.
  • EUROCLIO/EUROPAEUM Conference on Connecting Europe through History, Keynote Lecture as delegate to the IAIE President) held in the Hague, Netherlands, 22 April 2008.
  • International Conference on  Higher Education in Market Conditions: Theory and Practice, sponsored by the European Council and OECD/IMHE, and held at Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania on 17-18 April 2008.   
  • SRHE & CEAS International Seminar on Higher Education Reform in East Asia and the UK: Management and Leadership in Changing Contexts, held at the University of Bristol, 4 June 2010.
  • ESRC Seminar on Critical perspectives on the Internationalisation of UK Higher Education Institutions: Mapping the Conceptual Territory held at the University of Birmingham, 16 December  2008.

Conference papers

  • 1. 2013, February,  UEL, Education for Sale: a debate on the privatisation of education, Chairing the panel Claire Fox, leading public intellectual, panel members:
    • Professor John Schostak: Manchester Metropolitan University
    • Dr Glen Rikowski: Northampton University
    • Professor James Tooley:  Newcastle University
    • Dr Patricia Walker: University of East London and Labour Councillor
  • 2. 2013, World Council of Comparative Education Societies, University of  Buenos Aires, Hearing the voices of international academic staff  (IAS) in the super-diversity of an inner city London university.
  • 3. 2012, Comparative Education Societies of Europe,  XXV Congreso,  Universidad de Salamanca , Border Crossings. From imperialism through post colonialism to globalisation:  tracing the development of international student policy in UK higher education.
  • 4. 2011 Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), McGill University, Montreal, Trans-national academic mobility and cultural dissonance in novice academics.
  • 5. 2010 Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Intercultural influences in learning and teaching. The challenges faced by international academic staff in British universities.
  • 6. 2009 Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society, Stellenbosch S.Africa, Hard times, hard choices. How can universities weather the global recession?  Investigating sustainable strategies, policies and practices.
  • 7. 2008, Bulgarian Comparative Education Society Annual Conference, University of Sofia,  Moving towards mass higher education in UK. Creating universities for the people in inner London.
  • 8. 2008, CESE Athens System characteristics of European universities. Investigating educational equity in an age of expansion.
  • Professor John Schostak: Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Glen Rikowski: Northampton University
  • Professor James Tooley:  Newcastle University
  • Dr Patricia Walker: University of East London and Labour Councillor
  • Professor John Schostak: Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Glen Rikowski: Northampton University
  • Professor James Tooley:  Newcastle University
  • Dr Patricia Walker: University of East London and Labour Councillor
  • Professor John Schostak: Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Glen Rikowski: Northampton University
  • Professor James Tooley:  Newcastle University
  • Dr Patricia Walker: University of East London and Labour Councillor

HERG Seminar Series

See details on the HERG Seminar 2015-2016.

Research grants

SRHE Research Award (2011-12): Internationalisation, mobile academics and knowledge creation in universities: a comparative analysis. PI: Dr. Terri Kim; Co-I: Professor Rachel Brooks. The amount of funding: £10,000 (GBP) for the period of 18 months (June 2011- Dec. 2012).

Pending application:  The Higher Education Academy International Scholarship Scheme Grant. Project title: 'Enhancing professionalisation and internationalisation in university teaching: a comparison of academic staff development programmes in England, the United States and  selected European countries (Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland)'. PI: Dr. Terri Kim (Cass, UEL); Co-I: Professor John Taylor (University of Liverpool). The amount of funding requested: £19,506 for the period of 12 months (June 2014-May 2015).