Dr Jack Lee

Lecturer in Comparative Education and Education Policy


Effective September 1, 2023, I no longer work at the University of Edinburgh. You can find me at the University of Glasgow.


  • PhD, University of Toronto (Higher Education with specialisation in Comparative, International, and Development Education)
  • M.Ed., University of British Columbia (Adult Education)

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Editorial Board, Compare, Member (2023-26)   https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/ccom20
  • Executive Committee, British Association for International & Comparative Edcuation (BAICE), Member (2021-24)
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Moray House School of Education and Sport, Member (2020-)
  • International Centre for Higher Education Management, University of Bath, Visiting professor
  • Higher Education Special Interest Group, Comparative and International Education Society (US), Member

Postgraduate teaching

  • Education Policy and the Politics of Education (course organiser)
  • Introduction to Comparative Education (course organiser, launching 2022)
  • Sources of Knowledge (research methods)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome students interested in higher education and comparative & international education to contact me to discuss potential supervision.

Current PhD students supervised

Sherzod Khaydarov -- Research Capacity Building in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

Yuqing Huang -- International Mobility Among Chinese Early Career Researchers

Amy Aukland -- Teacher Professionalism in Wales and Scotland (ESRC funded)

Jingbo Hua -- Cooperation Between Non-governmental Stakeholders and Local Government in Improving China’s Rural Education

Josh Watters -- Cosmopolitan Capital and Global Citizenship: British International Schooling in Post-Colonial Southeast Asia

Yan Liang -- Gender Inequality in Chinese Higher Education 

Zarina Muminova -- Parental Engagement in Young Children’s Learning in Rural Tajikistan

Past PhD students supervised

  • Paula Sanderson (DBA) -- Transnational Education: Inclusive development or re-colonisation? (Bath)

  • Dana Abdrasheva (PhD) -- Kazakh-Chinese Higher Education Partnerships: Aspirations and Challenges (EdUHK)
  • Wael Mekdach (DBA) -- The Role of Organisational Culture in Shaping the Academic & Societal Roles of Lebanese Private Higher Education (Bath; awarded the Richard and Shirley Mawditt prize for the best DBA dissertation at Bath 2020)
  • Fahdia Khalid (DBA) --University Industry Knowledge Exchange and Continuing Professional Development of Academics (Bath)
  • Katalin Kovacs (DBA) -- Accreditation Process and Student Learning: Mongolia (Bath)
  • Togzhan Jumagulova (PhD) -- Student Financial Aid Policy in Kazakhstan: Issues of Equity and Efficiency (Nazarbayev)

Research summary

My research focuses on higher education from a comparative / international perspective. Specifically, my work examines globalisation, internationalisation, transnational education, cultural diplomacy, geopolitics, research capacity building, mobility, and regionalisation.  I am particularly interested in educational developments in Asia and the Global South.

Current research interests

Internationalisation of higher education; regionalisation of higher education in Asia; higher education and soft power; Germany's transnational higher education; China's revival of the historical Silk Road (Belt and Road Initiative) and implications for higher education partnerships.

Past research interests

education hubs, international faculty mobility, research capacity building

Knowledge exchange

  • Advised UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America & Caribbean (IESALC) on its policy and report on higher education's response to covid19 pandemic (2022).

  • Advised Malaysia's higher education think tank (IPPTN Universiti Sains Malaysia) on research on education hubs (2021).

  • Facilitated roundtable discussions for university leaders on the ethics of internationalisation at the Universities UK (UUK) international symposium in London with Paula Sanderson and Caroline Chipperfield (2019)
  • Taught research design and methods to university administrators representing South Africa's public higher education system (2017-19)

Affiliated research centres

Past project grants

International Faculty Mobility & Research Capacity Building (2015-17), Ministry of Education & Science, Kazakhstan

View all 23 publications on Research Explorer

  • Finalist (1 of 3) for Teacher of the Year Award (2021) in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Edinburgh University Students' Association)
  • Best Dissertation (2015), Higher Education Special Interest Group, Comparative & International Education Society https://www.cies.us/
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Doctoral Fellowship