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

Dr 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).

His research field is education, with a particular interest in the sociology of higher education. James has researched and published on a range of areas, including doctoral education, academic subjectivities, 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, 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 has previously been involved in several collaborative research projects:

- Primary Investigator: Becoming ajarn tangchart: The experiences of non-Thai academics in Thai higher education (funded by Thammasat University Early Career Funding)
- Co-Investigator: The exclusion and discrimination of LGBTI people in Thailand: Effects on access to markets and services (Funded by the World Bank)
- Consultant: Review of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Thailand (Funded by Unicef and the Thai Ministry of Education)
- Co-Primary Investigator: Educating for Diversity: An informative evaluation of the Rainbow Youth sexuality and gender diversity workshops (NZ Ministry of Education).

He is currently working with Australian, UK and Japanese colleagues on a cultural history of the International Academic Identities Conference (Funded by Hiroshima University), and with Thai colleagues on the spatialities of graduate research (Funded by Thammasat University).

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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