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Dr James Burford Lecturer,Research Education &Development, Graduate Research School

James Burford is a Lecturer in the Research Education and Development (RED) team at the Graduate Research School. Prior to working at La Trobe James worked at the Faculty of Learning Sciences and Education at Thammasat University (2014-2018).

James is a sociologist of education, whose work focuses on how higher education is connected to broader processes of social change. James has researched and published on a range of areas, including the geopolitics of knowledge production, doctoral education, the academic profession, higher education mobilities, and sexuality and gender in educational contexts. His work has ranged from mixed-methods projects to qualitative and textual studies informed by queer, feminist and post-critical theories of education. James' doctoral thesis received the NZARE Sutton-Smith Award.

James has taught university courses in the areas of comparative education, education policy, educational equity, and academic literacies. He has also worked as a diversity practitioner across multiple social contexts, and taught English as an additional language.

James co-convenes the AARE Professional and Higher Education SIG. He is an Associate Editor of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD), a member of the International Doctoral Education Research Network (IDERN) committee and serves on the Queer Studies and Education International Advisory Board. With Emily Henderson, James edits the academic blog, Conference Inference (conferenceinference.wordpress.com).


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