About Dr Alexandra McCormick

Alex teaches on the undergraduate Education 1-4 program, on post-graduate education courses and and the Development Studies Masters in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Alex's research investigates issues of equity and social justice in education and international development. Alex conducted postdoctoral research into 'post-2015' education and the Sustainable Development Goal agendas in the South Pacific. That research built on her prior doctoral work that investigated the global social policy of Education for All (EFA) in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, including Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. The doctoral research was on an ARC Linkage grant with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) as the industry partner: AusAID at Work: the Design, Delivery and Impact of Australian Aid to Education in Asia and the Pacific. Before undertaking a Masters in International Studies, Alex taught English for three years at high schools in Japan, and at primary level in Sichuan, China. She has periodically taught students from a range of nationalities at private institutions in Australia. Alex has worked with NGOs assisting refugees with relocation in the UK and Australia, and taught an adult Creative Writing class on the Refugee Language Programme at the University's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. She has also taught at UTS, and conducts research as an independent consultant.


Research interests
Educational systems: administration, management and leadership

  • International and comparative education
Social structures, inequalities and social justice
  • Social change
Social work and social policy
  • Third sector research
Keywords:Education for All, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, global social policy, norm transfer, critical discourse analysis


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Selected publications

  • McCormick, A. (2017). Comparative and international learning from Vanuatu research moratoria: A plurilevel, plurilocal researcher's auto-ethnography. International Education Journal, 16(1), 78-92.
  • Thomas, M., McCormick, A. (2017). Exploring equity gaps in education: Toward unity, not uniformity. International Education Journal, 16(3), 1-4.
  • McCormick, A. (2017). Navigating Education Policies in Oceania: Civil Societies and Network Governance in a Decolonizing Pacific. In T. D. Jules (Eds.), The Global Educational Policy Environment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Gated, Regulated and Governed, (pp. 151-172). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. [More Information]
  • Shah, R., McCormick, A., Thomas, M. (2017). Shifting tides: Reflecting on regional aspects of our roles as comparative and international educators. International Education Journal, 16(3), 49-68. [More Information]
  • McCormick, A. (2016). Changing contexts in comparative and international education: Geopolitical shifts and research in Australia (Editorial). International Education Journal, 15(1), 1-4.
  • McCormick, A. (2016). Policy constructions of childhoods: Impacts of multi-level education and development policy processes in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. In L. Hopkins, A. Sriprakash (Eds.), The 'Poor Child': The cultural politics of education, development and childhood, (pp. 127-150). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • McCormick, A. (2016). Vanuatu Education Policy post-2015: 'alternative', decolonising processes for 'development'. International Education Journal, 15(3), 16-29. [More Information]