Professor Simon Marginson


Professor of Higher Education and Australian Professorial Fellow
Centre for the Study of Higher Education
The University of Melbourne

About Professor Marginson

Portrait of Prof Marginson

Professor Simon Marginson is a Professor of Higher Education in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, a post he has held since July 2006. Previously Simon was a Professor of Education at Monash University and Director of the Monash Centre for Research in International Education (1999-2006). In 2002 he was awarded an Australian Professorial Fellowship commencing in 2003, funded by the Australian government on the recommendation of the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Simon completed his PhD at The University of Melbourne in 1996 and was awarded the University’s Chancellor’s Prize for the outstanding thesis in the social sciences, arts and humanities that year. Prior to his academic career he was a policy research officer for four different education unions, mostly at the national level (1978-1992). He worked at the University’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education as a Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor/Reader (1993-1998), before transferring to the Monash University Faculty of Education in 1998. At Monash he was appointed to a Personal Chair in Education in 2000. He became a Fellow of the Australian College of Education in 1994 and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia in 2000.

Simon is a frequent public and media commentator on higher education, especially national policy in Australia. He has also conducted many education policy studies, basic and applied, including commissioned reports for the Australian and Victorian government, OECD and the Malaysian government; and from time to time contributes to government and international agency committees, inquiries and meetings. Recent policy-related papers include work on university governance, various implications of globalisation for higher education, global university rankings, federal-state relations in Australian education, policy on and regulation of international education in Australia, Australian global strategies, and educational mobility in the Asia-Pacific region.