Dr Brian D. Denman

Senior Lecturer
Course Co-odinator (Educational Leadership and Training and Development)
Research Network Leader (Learning, Assessment and Teaching) - School of Education

Brian D. Denman

Phone: +61 2 6773 2269

Email: bdenman@une.edu.au


Brian Denman (PhD, University of Sydney) is Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership, Comparative and International Education, and Training and Development at the University of New England, School of Education, where he also serves as Research Team Leader for Learning, Assessment and Teaching.  He has also worked as a director of an overseas university branch campus in China, director of international development for the first prime minister library in Australia, and as a study abroad coordinator and principal/head teacher in the United States.

In the first ten years of his professional life in Australia, he has concentrated his research on international university co-operation and higher education policy studies.  In the last fifteen years, his research profile has expanded to include three major themes in education:

  • Globalisation and Internationalisation of Higher Education
    Educational planning and systems analysis, educational reform (particularly between global and local), network capital, and education futures (specific to educational access, equity and opportunity)
  • Comparative Education Research
    Concept mapping, mixed methods and design, alternative modes of inquiry and assessment, and visualizing spatial data
  • Educational Leadership (Governance, Management, and Community Engagement)
    University governance and management, school governance, education of ethnic minorities, and professional practice and ethics

His research has been published in Nova Science Publishers, International Perspectives on Education and Society, International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, International Education Journal:  Comparative Perspectives, Journal of Learning Science, Higher Education Studies, Asian Education and Development Studies, Education Management and Policy, Higher Education Management and Policy, and Globalism and its Challengers.

His work has been supported by a number of organisations, agencies and associations, including: the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, Mar Elias Educational Institutions, the Vatican, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia.  As former Secretary-General of the World Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), UNESCO Fellow, UNE Council member, President of the Australian and New Zealand and Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES), Editor-in-Chief of the International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives and editorial board member for KEDI Journal of Educational Policy, Nordic Journal in Comparative and International Education, and Universities and the Knowledge Society Journal, he has held visiting professorships at Hiroshima University, Minzu University of China, and Beijing Normal University, and has lived, worked, and studied on three continents.  He has also chaired and served as a member of various boards and committees.


PhD     Social and Policy Studies in Education, 2001, University of Sydney
MA       Educational Foundations, Policy and Administration, 1990, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BA       Psychology, 1984, University of Colorado, Boulder
BA       German Language and Literature, 1984, University of Colorado, Boulder

Teaching Areas

Brian is Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Training and Development, Master of Training and Development, Graduate Certificate in School Leadership and Master of Applied Leadership in Positive Education

He has taught and developed the following units at the University of New England:

EDCX 312:  Resource Management in the Public Sector
EDCX 380:  Introduction to Workplace Learning
EDCX 381:  Best Practices in Workplace Education and Training
EDCX 573:  Planning and Policy
EDCX 575:  Higher Education Leadership and Management
EDCX 576:  Comparative and International Education
EDCX 581:  Special Topic in Organisational Action-Based Learning
EDSL 577:  School Leadership and Management
EDSL 581:  Leadership for Personnel Development
EDSL 584:  School Leadership:  Personal, Symbolic and Cultural
PROF 795:  Understanding the Deep Context of/at Work


Widget:  Current enrolment numbers of primary-aged children in Australia

Statplanet:  Primary, secondary, and tertiary enrolments in the Asia-Pacific (1998-2007)

Statplanet:  Primary, secondary, and tertiary enrolment projections in the Asia-Pacific (2011-2020)


Cumulative number of publications to date:  51

Recent publications (2013-2017):

BOOKS IN PROGRESS (co-editorship):

Suter, Larry, Emma Stone, & Brian D. Denman, eds., (projected 2017).  The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Studies in Education.  Sage Publications Ltd, London.

Denman, Brian D., Satoshi Higuchi & Heidi Biseth, eds., (projected 2017).  Festschrift on Network Capital and Internationalisation at Hiroshima University.


Denman, Brian D., (2016).  “Globalization and the Imagined ‘Global Thinker’.  In: Advocacy for Change in Educational Culture, Dale H. Eberwein, ed., Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World, NOVA Science Publishers, (2016-1st Quarter): 1-18.

Denman, Brian D., (2016).  “Metaphorical Trajectories of Comparative and International Education Research in the Asia-Pacific”.  In:  Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2015 (International Perspectives on Education and Society, Vol 28.  Alexander W. Wiseman & Emily Anderson, eds., Emerald Group Publishing Limited: 97-106.

Denman, Brian D., (2014).  “Paradox or Parody?  Globalization and Internationalization of Higher Education”.  In:  Internationalization of Higher Education in East Asia.  Trends of student mobility and impact on education governance, Ka Ho Mok & Kar Ming Yu, eds., Routledge.  Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415705035/

Bukhari, Fawzy & Brian D. Denman (2013). “Scholarship in Saudi Arabia:  Implications and opportunities for overseas engagement”.  In: Higher Education in Saudi Arabia:  Achievements, challenges, and opportunities. Abdulrahman Abouammoh & Larry Smith, eds., Springer: 151-158.

Denman, Brian D., & Neil Dunstan (2013).  “Beyond the University:  International University Co-operation and Network Capital”.  In:  Higher Education Forum, Vol 10 (March 2013), Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima: pp. 81-102.  Available at: http://en.rihe.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/pl_default_2.php?bid=109625


Denman, Brian D., (in press). “Post-Worldview?  A dialogic meta-narrative analysis of North-South, South-South, and Southern Theory”.  In: International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, Vol X, No X Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, UK: X-X.

Denman, Brian D., (in press).  “Comparing Mining Tax Offsets and Charitable Giving for Educational Purposes:  A case study analysis identifying ways forward for regional, rural, and remote Australia”.  In:  International Education Journal:  Comparative Perspectives, University of Sydney Press, Sydney.

Denman, Brian D., & Rosalind James, (2016).  “Cultural ecology and isomorphism applied to educational planning in China’s Inner Mongolia:  A new rubric”.  In: International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, Vol 18, No 1 Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, UK: 40-52.

Baker, Colin and Brian D. Denman (2016).  “An Aboriginal College for a Return to Country:  Designing a school that prepares children to live in two worlds and the space between.“ In:  International Education Journal:  Comparative Perspectives, Vol 15, No 2 (March 2016): 1-12.

Denman, Brian D., (2015).  “Regionalising higher education in the Asia Pacific and a network capital paradigm for teaching and research in comparative education ”.  In:  Journal of Learning Science, Satoshi Higuchi and Mori, eds., No 8, Hiroshima University Graduate School of Education:135-149.


Denman, Brian D., Rosalind James, and Alan Wylie (2016).  “In search of the ‘innovative mind:  Alternative assessments to expansive learning theory”.  Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong (CESHK), Hong Kong Institute of Education (15-16 April 2016).

Research Supervision Experience

Brian welcomes inquiries from potential higher degree research students who share his research interests or who are undertaking comparative and international education research and seek supervision.  Current research students and their broad topics include:

Current Research Students

Project Title Degree Research Student
Social Responsibilities of Universities: Perceptions and drivers of OHS culture and performance PhD Daphne McCurdy
The effects of regime changes.  Study of recent political history of Mongolia since the fall of communismPhDPaul Mills
Aboriginal Education:  Problem or calamity and the ‘social integration’ of Aboriginal peoplePhDMichael Brogan
Scaffolding Learning for Success: Evidence-basing ‘fading’ as scaffolding strategies for teaching and learningProfDoc

Helen McAllister


Vi Hoang Dang, PhD (2017). Vocational Education Training in Vietnam.  Perceptions and improvement of image.

Orestis Valianatos, ProfDoc (2017).  Climate Change and Resource Efficiency:  A platform for organisational innovation and leadership.

Anthony Fenton, PhD (2016).  Organisational Change at a Japanese University Sub-organisation.

Samir Al-Balas, PhD (2015).  Leadership in the Jordanian Ministry of Health.

Jim White, EdD (2013).  The Role of the Principal in Improving School Image:  Creating a professional development program to assist school principals in formulating strategies to improve school image

Masahiro Nishihara, PhD (2012). A Historical Study of Educational Policy, Methods, and Practice in English Teaching during the Meiji Period in Japan (1868-1912)

Dwayne Kennedy, PhD (2011). Dreaming Emu: Cultural Empowerment through Art as Therapy – men and healing from the violence of colonization

Marie Loller, PhD (2010). Peacebuilding through Community and Education

Rupert Collister, PhD (2008). A journey in search of wholeness and meaning: Investigating a harmonious ontology

Brian Ambrosio, MEdAdmin(Hons) (2008).  Strategic Planning for International Schools in Turbulent Environments: A contingency approach

Paul Reader, PhD (2007). Painterly Methodology: painting and digital inquiry in adult learning

Further Information


Denman, Brian D., (2016).  “In search of the innovative mind”.  In: Seventh Annual Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium.  Innovation and Transformation:  Values, Challenges, and Prospects for Education in the GCC, (5-7 April 2016), Arab Open University, Kuwait City.

Denman, Brian D., (2014).  “Regionalising higher education in the Asia Pacific and a network capital paradigm for teaching and research in comparative education ”.  Södertörn University, (18 June 2014), Stockholm.

Denman, Brian D., (2014).  “The imagined global thinker and the rubric:  Considering alternative assessment and one’s potential in education ”. Inner Mongolia Normal University, (23 September 2014), Hohhot.