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Senior Fellows

Prof Sheng-Ju CHAN

Dr Sheng-Ju Chan is Distinguished Professor of the Graduate Institute of Education and Vice President of the National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan who has also served as Director for Quality Assurance Office of Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT). He was the President of Chinese Taipei Comparative Education Society and serves as executive member of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES). His areas of special interest are higher education policy, comparative education and higher education management. He has published widely in higher education and international development education. Specialising in education in East Asia, Professor Chan is the associate editor of the International Journal of Educational Development published by Elsevier and he is also the co-editor of a book series, Higher Education in Asia, supported by Springer.

National Chung Cheng University

Prof Futao HUANG

Futao Huang is a Vice Director and Professor at the Research Institute for Higher Education at Hiroshima University, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education, an M.A. in the History of Education, and a B.A. in English Language from Chinese universities. His scholarly journey includes positions as an Associate Professor at Xiamen University, and guest professorships at prestigious institutions like Peking University and Shanghai Jiaotong University, as well as adjunct professor at Zhejiang University.

With an extensive publication record, Prof. Huang has contributed significantly to the fields of the internationalization of higher education, the academic profession, university curriculum design, and comparative studies of higher education in East Asia. His work as an editor and editorial board member for various international journals showcases his dedication to advancing higher education policy and management.

Prof. Huang’s ongoing research addresses the complexities of higher education's role in a knowledge-based society, the experiences of international faculty in Asia, and the global south's internationalization strategies. His latest articles examine neoliberal influences, geopolitics, and the COVID pandemic's impact on academic activities, and the pressures on the Asian academic profession.

Additionally, Prof. Huang serves on the Board of Trustees at Richmond The American International University in London, indicating his commitment to shaping global educational landscapes. His career reflects a deep engagement with the challenges and transformations in higher education, contributing thoughtfully to policy and practice in an increasingly interconnected world.

Hiroshima University

Prof Jung Cheol SHIN

Dr Shin is professor at Seoul National University. He served for the Korea Ministry of Education about 20 years. His research interests are higher education policy, knowledge and social development, and academic profession. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of Knowledge Studies in Higher Education series (Springer). His book publications include University Rankings (2011), Teaching and Research in Contemporary Higher education (2013), Mass Higher Education Development in East Asia (2015), Doctoral Education for the Knowledge Society (2018), Higher Education Governance in East Asia (2018), and International Encyclopedia of Higher Education Systems and Institutions (2020).

Seoul National University

Dr Barbara GRANT

Barbara Grant is an Associate Professor in the School of Critical Studies in Education at Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland. For several decades, Barbara has researched under the broad umbrella of critical university studies. Her publications have explored the supervision of graduate research students, doctoral education, academic identities (of staff and students) and work (teaching and research), academic freedom and the idea of the university. She has also published on research methodologies for education and the social sciences, and academic writing. For six years (2011-2016), she served as the Executive Editor for the journal Higher Education Research & Development and before that she served as regional editor for the International Journal for Academic Development. Over the years, she has served on many international editorial boards for journals of higher education as well as, more recently, the board for the Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society (PaTHES). Currently, she teaches social theories of education and ideas of the university student. Previously, she has taught workshops on graduate research supervision as well as on academic and thesis writing for many institutions in Aotearoa | New Zealand (NZ) and overseas. She has also facilitated residential and non-residential writing retreats for academic women (and sometimes men) in NZ, Australia and Canada.

University of Auckland


Associate Professor Tai Peseta is currently Academic Lead, Student-Staff Partnership at Western Sydney University in Australia, following roles leading university-wide curriculum transformation. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a higher education researcher with interests in how ideas of the university manifest in academic practices that are often assumed to be settled: doctoral education and supervision, student-staff partnership, academic development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning – all areas she has published in. Tai is an experienced journal editor and editorial board member – with previous roles in Higher Education Research & Development, Teaching in Higher Education, International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the International Journal for Academic Development. She has edited several collections, most recently, Academic Life in the Measured University: pleasures, paradoxes, and politics (with Simon Barrie and Jan Mclean), and Curriculum as Contestation (with Suellen Shay). Her latest research focuses on the discursive politics of student-staff partnership and its connection to contradictory ideas of the university.

Western Sydney University


Richard Watermeyer is a professor of higher education and co-director of the Centre for Higher Education Transformations (CHET) at the University of Bristol. His research is predominantly concerned with critical sociological analyses of change and disruption in higher education affecting the organisation and governance of universities and science; academic identity and research praxis; and the public role and contribution of universities and scientists. His recent books include Competitive Accountability in Academic Life: The Struggle for Social Impact and Public Legitimacy (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019); The Impact Agenda: Controversies, Consequences and Challenges (Bristol: Policy, 2020); and The Handbook of Academic Freedom (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2022). Currently, he is writing a new book, in fulfillment of a British Academy fellowship, on the efficacy and impact of academics’ policy engagement, while also leading research into the impact of generative AI applications on academic research and teaching communities.

University of Bristol

Prof Angela Yung-chi HOU

Angela Yung-chi Hou, is Professor of Higher Education at College of Education, National Chengchi University, Taiwan. In 2022, she was elected as President of Chinese Taipei Comparative Education Society. She served as Executive Director of Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) from 2016 to 2021. She has been actively committed to quality assurance practices and international research for more than 15 years, including serving as Vice President & Board member of International Network of Quality Assurance in Higher Education (INQAAHE), Vice President & Board member of Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN). She is recognized as the top 5 researcher in field of quality assurance of higher education worldwide according to SCOPUS.
She serves as Chief-in-Editor of Higher Education Evaluation and Development (HEED) Emerald by HEEACT, Associate Editor of Journal of Asian Pacific Educational Review (SSCI) and Quality in Higher Education (SCOPUS) and several editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals in higher education field. Up to present, she has published more than 150 English and Chinese journal papers, articles, book chapters, reports and monographs in higher education, international education, and quality assurance.
In 2023, she was granted “Outstanding Research Award” by National Science and Technology of Taiwan and “Excellent Research Award “at National Chengchi University. In 2024, She was awarded the Best Researcher and Teacher and “Best Research Award” by National Chengchi University.

National Chengchi University

Prof Eva Bendix PETERSEN

Eva Petersen is a Professor of Higher Education at Roskilde University in Denmark and Director of the Roskilde University Research Centre on Problem-oriented Project Learning. Utilising ethnographic, discourse analytic, and post-representation methodologies, she studies university cultures and practices. She takes a particular interest in how universities as societal institutions, workplaces, communities, institutions of higher education, knowledge producers, and places of subjectification, are configured in relation to various new public management and neoliberal policy reforms, and also under the more recent impact of the psychological and psychiatric turn in higher education. She is interested in pedagogies that push-back on performance-oriented human capital theory notions of education.

Roskilde University

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