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Susan Robertson

University of Bristol
Graduate School of Education,
35 Berkeley Square,
Bristol, BS8 1JA
+44 (0) 117 928 7181

Susan Robertson is a Professor of Sociology of Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. Susan's academic career has spanned four countries - Australia, Canada, New Zealand and England.


In 1999 Susan took up a post at the University of Bristol where she has worked to create the first centre of ifs kind in the UK - the Centre for Globalisation, Education and Societies (GES).


Along with her colleague Roger Dale, she also is founding editor for the journal Globalisation, Societies and Education published by Carfax. There is now a core and critical mass of scholars working with her in the GES.


Susan has just completed a Synthetic Review of Globalisation, Education and Development for the Department of International Development. Between 2002-2005 she was co-director of a major ESRC funded project on new technologies and learning InterActive Education: Teaching and Learning in the Information Age, with a particular interest in the wider policy issues.


Much of Susan's earlier work is focused on teachers' work, state restructuring and education policy in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Her current work is engaged with globalisation and regionalisation as it works on and through both education systems and new sites of knowledge production. Recent work includes analyses of the various global (WTO) and regional (EU; ASEM, NAFTA) agreements and their implications for education; the creation of the European Education Space as part of the EU's competitive knowledge economy strategy; new educational spaces that are being generated as part of state's knowledge economy strategies; new patterns of education aid in the global economy; rescaling and citizenship regimes


Along with Professor Kris Olds (Geography - Wisconsin-Madison) she is the co-convenor of a new Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) initiative on globalisation and education - Constructing Knowledge/Spaces: Transnational/Transdisciplinary Perspectives.

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