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Professor Michael Crossley

Professor Michael Crossley

Professor Michael Crossley
BEd(Keele), MA(Lond), PhD(LaT), FRSA, AcSS

Emeritus Professor

Office 314
Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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+44 (0) 117 331 4343



Michael Crossley, AcSS, is Professor of Comparative and International Education, Co-ordinator of the Research Centre for International and Comparative Studies (ICS) and Director of the Doctor of Education Programme (Bristol and Hong Kong) in the Graduate School of Education.  He was Director of the GSoE MPhil/PhD Programme from 1994-2000 and is a former Editor of the journal Comparative Education, a former Chair of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) (2002-2004); and a member or former member of the Editorial Boards for the International Journal of Educational Development, Comparative Education, Compare and Research in Post Compulsory Education.  Professor Crossley is a founding Series Editor for the Bristol Papers in Education: Comparative and International Studies (Symposium Books), a Consulting Editor for the International Review of Education and a Research Associate and International Editorial Advisory Board Member for the Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC), at the University of Hong Kong.

Professor Crossley is Director of a specialist Education in Small States Research Group (, Adjunct Professor of Education at The University of the South Pacific, and is a former Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Papua New Guinea.  He has undertaken teaching, research and consultancy work in countries that include England, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan, China, Malaysia, Botswana, Belize, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Fiji and St Lucia. His publications include over 200 books and articles in the field of comaparative and international education, and his research challenges the uncritical international transfer of educational policy and practice. This focuses upon three interlinked areas: theoretical and methodological advances in comparative research; research capacity building and international development cooperation; and education and development in small states. He is a trustee for the United Kingdom Forum for International Education and Training (UKFIET), and is an elected Academician (AcSS) for the UK Academy for the Social Sciences.


Professor Crossley's teaching focuses upon comparative and international aspects of research methodology, processes of international development co-operation and education in small states.

EdD Units

Understanding Educational Research (Hong Kong EdD), also contributions for MPhil/PhD Research Training

Comparative Perspectives, Globalisation and Education (Bristol and Hong Kong EdD)

MEd Unit

International Development, Comparative  Research and  Education

Prof Crossley is also the Director for the Educational Leadership, Policy and Development MEd Pathway, and a former Director for the MPhil/PhD Programme (1994-2000).


  • theoretical scholarship
  • methodological scholarship
  • comparative education
  • international education
  • international development co-operation
  • educational development
  • specialist education in small states


  • *Former Chair: British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)(2002-2004). *Trustee for the UK Forum on International Education & Training (UKFIET). *Member
  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)(USA). *British Educational Research Association (BERA). *Council for Education for the Commonwealth
  • Royal Commonwealth Society. *Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). *Elected as an Academician (AcSS) by the UK Academy of the Social Sciences.



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