Dr Rose Amazan

Lecturer, Contextual Studies in Education - School of Education; Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education

Rose Amazan

Phone: +61 +61 2 6773 3998

Email: ramazan@une.edu.au


Rose Amazan is a lecturer in Contextual Studies at UNE’s School of Education.  Rose’s research and teaching is in the area of international and developmental education. She has conducted research on the Ethiopian skilled diaspora with a strong focus on skilled female diasporas.  Her current research project explores the issues surrounding the position of women in Ethiopian society, particularly in relation to their demonstrable increased participation as students and teachers in higher education.  She is also working with colleagues from the University of Sydney on an Australian Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS) project, examining the outcomes of Australian scholarships for Africans including re-integration and development of networks of practice among returnees.  

Rose’s research experience spreads across themes of education and belonging, skilled-migration, diaspora mobility, knowledge transfer, female skilled migration/mobility and knowledge.  Her commitment to community development and grassroots organizing, as well as her work in Ethiopia, continue to inform and motivate her research.


PhD (International and Comparative Education)
MS (Education)
BA (Mathematics & Secondary Education)
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Teaching Areas

I teach and coordinate a wide range of undergraduate and graduate units relating to the following areas:

Sociology of Education
Social Justice and Education
Education for All
Aboriginal Education
Research Methods – Master of Teaching

Research Interests

Research Interests

African Higher Education
Educational Development
Skilled migration/diaspora mobility
Gender and Development
Australia Awards Scholarships
International and Comparative Education
Social Justice and Education

Grants and Awards

2016 - Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Travel Bursary– (Funding: $2000)

2015 – Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Seed Grant – Mapping Australia-Africa University Partnerships. Research Project (Professor Anthony Welch from the University of Sydney in partnership with Professor Crain Soudien (University of Cape Town, South Africa); Professor Damtew Teferra (University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa); Professor Chika MT Sehoole (University of Pretoria, South Africa)).      (Funding: $10,000).

2014 – Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Early Career Researcher Travel Grant.  (Funding: $500)

2013 –Origins Foundation, Social Ventures Australia Grant – for Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools Program. Led by Lampert and Burnett at QUT; including Tobias, Takayama and Jones at UNE (Funding: $40,000).


Book Chapters

Amazan, R. (2014).  When the Diaspora Returns: analysis of Ethiopian returnees and the need for highly skilled labour in Ethiopia.  In B. Streitwieser (Ed) Internationalisation of Higher Education and Global Mobility. Oxford: Symposium Books.

Amazan, R. (2011). Gender, diaspora and development: The Ethiopian highly-skilled diaspora’s notion of home and belonging. In N. Bagnall and E. Cassity (Ed), Education and Belonging. New York: Nova Science.

Journal Articles

Amazan, R., Negin, J., Howie, L., & Wood, J. (2016). From extraction to knowledge reproduction: The impact of Australia’s development awards on Uganda and Mozambique. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 15(1), 45-65.

Abimbola, S., Amazan, R., Vizintin, P., Howie, L., Cumming, R., & Negin, J. (2016). Australian higher education scholarships as tools for international development and diplomacy in Africa. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 70(2), 105-120.

Takayama, K., Heimans, S., Amazan, R., & Maniam, V. (2016). Doing southern theory: towards alternative knowledges and knowledge practices in/for Education. Postcolonial Directions in Education, 5(1), 1-25.

Ginns, P., Loughland, A., Tierney, R., Fryer, L., Amazan, R., McCormick, A. (2015). Evaluation of the Learning to Teach for Social Justice–Beliefs Scale in an Australian context. Higher Education Research & Development, 34(2), 311-323.

Amazan, R. (2013). Giving Women Voice:  The Ethiopian female skilled diaspora's contribution to educational development.  Science and Technology Studies Journal, special issue.

Amazan, R. (2009). Gendering the Ethiopian knowledge Diasporas: their role in addressing gender inequality and inequity in public higher education in Ethiopia. Higher Education Special Interest Group (HESIG) Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA), 1, 7-9.

Amazan, R. (2008). Mobilising the Ethiopian Knowledge Diasporas: Framing the Issues. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 9(2), 43–56.

Research Reports

Amazan, R., Welch, A., Soudien, C., Gripper, D., & Sehoole, C. (2016). Final Report:  Mapping Australia-Africa Partnerships in Higher Education.

Negin, J., Cumming, R., Vizintin, P., Howie, L., Amazan, R., & Abimbola, S. (2014). Australia Awards for Africa:  Outcomes of Tertiary Scholarships for African Students. The University of Sydney: Australian Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS) of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Journal Editor

Takayama, K., Heimans, S., Amazan, R., & Maniam, V. (Eds.). (2016). Postcolonial Directions in Education (1 ed. Vol. 5, p. 1-163). Malta: University of Malta.

Other Publications

Amazan, R. (2016). Structural barriers limit impact of scholarships.  Development Policy Centre, ANU.  Retrieved from http://devpolicy.org/structural-barriers-limit-impact-scholarships-20160512/

Expert Commentator

Amazan, R. (2016). Building Women’s Leadership: the contribution of Australia Awards Scholarships. Paper presented at the ANU Australian Aid Evaluation ANU.  https://crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/7217/australian-aid-evaluations-performance-australian-aid-and-australia-awards

Amazan, R. (2013). Toward Transformation:  The Rise of the Girl. One Just World, Verbrugghen Hall (Conservatorium of Music), University of Sydney.  http://www.onejustworld.com.au/forums/The-Rise-of-the-Girl



Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (OCIES) formerly The Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES)
African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP)

International Links

Ethiopia:  Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA) in the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia
Ethiopia: Advisor/board member – Seattle Academy P.L.C. – Elementary School; Addis Ababa Ethiopia
South Africa: ChezAnge Connect, Cape Town, South Africa
United States: Arturo A. Schomburg Satellite Academy High School, New York City
United States: Satellite Academy High School, New York City

Consultancy Interests

International Development
Higher Education in Developing Countries
Gender and Development
Australia Awards Scholarships in Africa