Dr Brian D. Denman

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

Brian D. Denman

Phone: +61 +61 2 6773 2269

Email: bdenman@une.edu.au


I hold the title Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, Comparative and International Education, and Training and Development at the University of New England, where I also serve as Research Team Leader for Learning, Assessment and Teaching.  I have also worked as faculty director of an overseas university branch campus in China, director of international development for the first Prime Minister library in Australia (The John Curtin Centre), and study abroad coordinator, overseas opportunities coordinator, and principal/head teacher in the United States.

In the first ten years of my professional life in Australia, I have concentrated my research on international university co-operation and higher education policy studies.  In the last fifteen years, my 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

My research has been published widely and supported by a number of international organisations, multilateral agencies and associations.  Currently, I serve as Secretary-General of GlobalCIE, but I have also served as Secretary-General of the World Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), UNESCO Fellow, UNE Council member (Board of Trustees), President of the Australian and New Zealand and Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES), and Editor-in-Chief of the International Education Journal:  Comparative Perspectives.  Over the years, I have held visiting professorships overseas at Hiroshima University, Minzu University of China, and Beijing Normal University and have studied overseas in Austria and Germany.

My experience in serving in associations such as GlobalCIE, WCCES, and ANZCIES has helped broaden my expertise as scholar and practitioner in comparative and international education.  It has sharpened my knowledge on current theories and practice, opened doors worldwide in terms of understanding pertinent issues in the ‘twin’ fields (comparative and international education), and helped me recognise and appreciate colleagues who have mentored and advised me worldwide.  While I continue to contend that education is the great equaliser in the world, it is important to affirm what I consider to be the founding principles of the field: the need to not only promote education in all its various forms but to advance it.  For UNE and the associations I serve, I hope to serve as a voice that recognises and advocates the purposes and values they serve in meeting educational objectives and that the processes and goals they identify with are not taken for granted in any way.


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

I serve as Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Training and Development and Master of Training and Development.

Over the years, I have taught the following subjects/units:

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 enrolment projections in the Asia-Pacific (2011-2020)


Recent publications (2016-2018):


Suter, Larry, Emma Stone, & Brian D. Denman, eds., (2018).  The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Studies in Education.  Sage Publications Ltd, London.


Denman, Brian D., (2018).  "Critical challenges in approaches and experiences in comparative education research".  In The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Studies in Education.  Sage Publications Ltd, London.

Denman, Brian D., (2018). “Concepts, Practice and Representation in Higher Education:  Trends and objectives”.  In University Development and Administration. Professional and Support Staff in Higher Education.  Carina Bossu and Natalie Brown, eds.  Springer Nature.

Denman, Brian D., Yumiko Hada, Qiang Liu, and David Turner (2018).  “International Connections:  Personal stories and cultural contexts in university partnerships”.  In Exploring Consensual Leadership in Higher Education: Co-operation, collaboration and partnership.  Lynne Gornall, Brychan Thomas, Lucy Sweetman, eds., Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education Series, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, United Kingdom.

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, Hauppauge, New York (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, Bingly, United Kingdom: 97-106.


Denman, Brian D., Allan Pitman, and Liu Baocun, eds. (2018). "Practices and experiences and comparative approaches in non-formal adult education and training worldwide". In International Review of Education, Special Edition.

Denman, Brian D., (2018). World-Class or World-Ranked Universities? Performativity and Nobel Laureates in Peace and Literature”.  In Nordic Journal in Comparative and International Education, Heidi Biseth and Halla Holmarsdottir, Eds.

Denman, Brian D., Rosalind James, and Alan Wylie (2018).  “In search of the innovative mind”.  In Journal of Teaching in Social Work, Ruth Flaherty, ed.

Denman, Brian D., (2018).  “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., (2017).  “Post-Worldview?  A dialogic meta-narrative analysis of North-South, South-South, and Southern Theory”. In International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, Vol 19, No 2/3 Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, UK: 65-77.

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.

Research Supervision Experience

I welcome inquiries from potential higher degree research students who share similar research interests or who are undertaking comparative and international education research and seek supervision. My 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


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.