Dr Aliandra Barlete

Teaching Fellow in Education


I teach in the MSc courses 'Education Policy and the Politics of Education' and 'The Philosophy of Education' and supervise for the MSc in Education, both the GeneralPathway and the Comparative Education and International Development. 


PhD in Sociology of Education, Faculty of Education, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge 

MPhil in Higher Education, University of Oslo (Norway), University of Tampere (Finland) and University of Aveiro (Portugal) - Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree 

BA in Social Communications, Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil) 

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Responsibilities & affiliations

- Culture, Politics and Global Justice Research Group, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Associate Researcher

- British Educational Research Association (BERA), Member

- Comparative and International Education Studies (CIES), Member

- Early Career Higher Education Researchers Network (ECHER), Member

- UNESCO Global Institute for Higher Education (Venezuela), Consultant

- Aurora Education Foundation for the inclusion of indigenous students (Australia), Mentor

Postgraduate teaching

- Education Policy and the Politics of Education

- The Philosophy of Education

- Dissertation

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome topics related to:

- higher education policy and governance, particularly in the Global South

- decolonial / post-colonial theories and methodologies

- inclusion and access to higher education

- international comparative education

- the role of international organisations and global frameworks in education governance

- historical analysis and policy tracing 

Research summary

My main research interest is in the societal role of higher education. For almost two decades I have researched about the international dimension of higher education. I am interested in the dynamics of regional and inter-regional higher education frameworks in the developing world, having studied Latin American regionalisms extensively.

The work on regional higher education in Latin America, combined with the experience of teaching sociology of education, led me to engage with decolonial and postcolonial theories. 

I am also interested in the multiple approaches to education policy-making. I favour a critical approach to policy analysis, although am increasingly interested in the methodological aspects of the policy process in different areas of knowledge. 


Knowledge exchange

I act as a reviewer for the journals: 

- Education Policy Analysis Archives

- Educação e realidade

- Globalisation, Societies and Education

- Journal of Studies in International Education

- Migration and Society

Affiliated research centres