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A/Prof. Radhika Gorur



Associate Professor of Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2011
Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Melbourne, 2005


Radhika Gorur is a DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, and a Director of the Laboratory of International Assessment Studies. She has a PhD in education (University of Melbourne), an MA in Curriculum and Teaching (Michigan State University), a Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Melbourne) and nearly 25 years of experience in teaching and leadership positions in schools in Nigeria, India, Oman and Australia. She has taught in the Master of Teaching program at Deakin Univeristy and the University of Melbourne.

Radhika's research interests include education policy, regulation and reform; global networks, aid and development in the Global South; data infrastructures and data cultures; classroom research and the sociology of knowledge. She has sought to explore how policy ideas and practices are mobilised and how they stabilise and gain momentum. Developing and contributing to the sociology of numbers, using concepts from Science and Technology Studies, she has written extensively on processes of quantification and comparison, PISA, the history of indicators in education, national reforms in Australia, and on Actor-Network Theory. Currently, with a $370,000 grant from the Australian Research Council, she is studying education reforms in the Indo-Pacific in the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goal 4. In particular, she is researching the role of global policy networks and the new accountability practices in Cambodia and India. The expected outcome is the development of principles for sustainable, participatory accountability practices with wide relevance in social policy.

Radhika has been involved in research in the multi-million dollar ARC-funded Science of Learning Research Centre, working with Professor Russell Tytler on exploring teaching and learning in science classrooms, with a focus on collaborative reasoning and representation in science inquiry. The data for these studies was generated in the purpose-built Science of Learning Research Classroom, with multi tracked video and audio facilities that allow the capture of almost every detail of each session.The focus of this research is on representation, materiality and embodiment in collaborative inquiry in Year 7 classrooms. A second focus of this research is on the use of video in knowledge-making, and the dilemmas and methodological choices involved when a large volume of data is generated. 

As sociologist of science, Radhika has a particular interest in research methodology, and has been exploring how truth claims are made and promoted, how scientists deal with dilemmas, and how scientific decisions affect the outcome of results. In particular, she has studied the scientific work of statisticians and pschometricians in putting together large-scale assessments such as PISA.

Radhika is a well-established expert in Actor-Network Theory and in Science and Technology Studies in the field of education. She is interested in a number of contemporary issues, such as the role of education and research in a post-truth era, and digital methodologies in research. 

Radhika has supervised a Master's study on teaching refugee students with interrupted schooling in mainstream classrooms, and a PhD study on abductive reasoning. She is currently supervising three PhD studies in the areas of education reform and governance in Pakistan, global aid and development in education and health in Cambodia, and PISA's new tests of global competency. Radhika is keen to supervise doctoral students in the areas of education policy; international comparisons; big data and digitisation; education in India and the subcontinent; policy reform in low-income nations; data infrastructures and social policy.

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Career highlights


Faculty Early Career Researcher Award (2016) Deakin University

AARE Outstanding Paper Award (2015): This award was presented for my paper 'Seeing like PISA' by the Australian Association for Reserach in Education at their annual conference in Fremantle, Australia.

CRN Oustanding Early Career Researcher Award (2012-2015): This award was given by Victoria University and the Collaborative Research Network (CRN) in recognition of my achievements, including publications, grants and developing outstanding national and international collaborative relationships in my field.

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training Early Career (2014): As a post-doctoral researcher at Victoria Institute I secured a range of university, national and international grants to carry out a number of studies, resulting in several publications. I developed collaborations with scholars in Australia, Europe and the US. In recognition of these achievements, I was awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training Early Career (2014).

Laboratory of International Assessment Studies 

In 2014, together with Mary Hamilton (Lancaster University), Bryan Maddox (University of East Anglia) and Camilla Addey (University of East Anglia), I helped set up an international network, the Laboratory of International Assessment Studies, which aims to bring together producers, consumers and critics of international assessments to explore how we might understand the extraordinary role and power of international assessments and comparisons in current policy regimes. The Laboratory seeks to bring together these disparate communities to promote the generation of better assessments, better use of assessments and better critique of assessments. The Laboratory has assembled an Expert Group of significant academics, policy makers, officials of transnational organisations, and test producers who advise and guide the Laboratory.
The Laboratory won the prestigious ESRC Seminar Grant to organise six international seminars on various aspects of international assessments (I was a co-CI on this grant, with UEA’s Bryan Maddox and PI). The first Laboratory publication, the edited volume Literacy as Numbers (Cambridge University Press) was launched in March 2015.  The Laboratory is also undertaking exploratory research in June 2015 in the area of computer-based assessments through an internal UEA grant.

Significant Invitations and Speaking Engagements

Visiting Scholar, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland - May-June 2017

Panellist, Highlighted Presidential Session Problematising Innovation and Development, Comparative and International Association Society Annual Conference, Atlanta, USA, March 2017

Keynote speaker, Comparative and International Education Society Fall Conference The Possibility and Desirability of Global Metrics in Education. November, 2016

Keynote speaker, GLOBED program, Autonomous University, Barcelona, September 2016

Speaker and panellist, International Assessment and International Convergence of Educational Reforms, Teachers College, Columbia University, 6-7 March 2015.

Panellist, Harvard Congress on India, Harvard University, 14-15 February 2014.
Invited speaker and Panellist at the seminar Literacy as Numbers at the Institute of Education, London, June 2013.

Guest speaker at the Doctoral Student Seminar of Professor Gita Steiner- Khamsi, Columbia University, on my research on higher education policy in India, 2012.

Guest lecture to students and faculty, Azim Premji University (India), on issues in Australian education policy, 2012.

Research interests

Education Policy, Regulation and Governance

Contemporary Global Contexts of Education; Aid and Development; Comparative Education

Data Cutlures, Digital Infrastructures, Sociology of Numbers

Curriculum, Pedgagoy and Assessment

Social Theory

Classroom research and video-based research

Research Methodology; Science and Technology Studies; Actor-Network Theory


Director: Laboratory of Iinternational Assessment Studies

Member, Australian Association for Research in Education

Member, European Educational Research Association

Adjunct Fellow, Victoria Institute, Victoria University

Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne

Teaching interests

Education Policy

Contemporary Global Contexts of Education

Data Cutlures

Digital Infrastructures

Curriculum, Pedgagoy and Assessment

Aid and Development

Social Theory

Comparative Education

Units taught

EPR 703 - Reflecting on Practice in Professional Experience

Knowledge areas

Education policy

Education governance and accountability

Education reform in low-income nations

Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment

Classroom research

Vidoe-based research

Inquiry in mathematics and science classrooms

Teacher professional learning and initial teacher education

International and national assessments


Social policy and regulation

Sociology of numbers

Digital infrastructures

Actor-Network Theory


Radhika Gorur is an expert in the areas of education policy and politics, international and national assessments and their role in education policy; comparison and sociology of numbers and quantification; data infrastructures and data cultures; curriculum, pedagogy and assessment; Actor-Network Theory and Science and Technology Studies
  • Education


Selected Recent Invitations

Panellist, Innovations in Global Learning Metrics, Arizona State University, November 2018

Speaker, Governing by numbers, Strasbourg University, October 2018

Speaker, Reading, Writing and Reform, Georgetown University, October 2018

Keynote speaker, International Organization for Science and Technology Education Conference, Malmö University and Stockholm University, August 2018

Speaker, Technologies of Expertise symposium, Graduate Institute Geneva, May 2018

Visiting Scholar, Limits of the Numerical project, University of California, Irvine, April 2018

Public Lecture, University of Western Ontario, April 2018

Visiting Scholar and Keynote, University of Tampere, Finland, May-June 2017 ???

Panellist on the Presidential Highlighted Session on Innovation and Development, CIES annual conference, Atlanta, March 2017 ???

Inaugural Lecture, the GLOBED Program, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, September 2016 ???

Participant, Methods Workshop: Screen-Based Ethnographies, the ARITHMUS Project, Goldsmiths College, London, June 2015.

Speaker, Education by Numbers: Politics of Knowledge and International Comparisons of School Performance Conference, Gothenburg University, June 2015

Selected Recent Conference Presentations
Gorur, R. The Post-Fact World and the Challenge for Education and Research  European Conference on Educational Research, Copenhagen, September 2017

Gorur, R. Mathematically Defensible but Ontologically Absurd? A Discussion of the Secondary Analysis of PISA European Conference on Educational Research, Copenhagen, August 2017

Gorur, R. Tracing Infrastructural Politics through Interesting objects – NAPLAN and My School in Australia Annual Ethnography Conference, Manchester, August 2017

Gorur, R. Standardization, Regulation, Innovation and Development in the Presidential Highlighted Session: Problematizing Development and Innovation CIES Conference, Atlanta, March 2017

Gorur, R. The ‘Thin Descriptions’ of PISA and their Impact on Policy: An Australian Example in the symposium PISA in Australia. CIES Conference, Atlanta, March 2017

Gorur, R. The Struggle to Measure 'Teacher Quality in the panel Evidence and Governance. Society for the Social Study of Science (4S) Conference, Barcelona, August 2016

Gorur, R. STS, ANT and Studies in Contemporary Education in the symposium STS in Education: Researching the Politics of the Mundane”. European Conference on Research in Education, Dublin, August 2016

Gorur, R. The Struggle to Standardize: Assembling the International Standard Classification of Education American Educational Research Conference, Washington, DC, April 2016

Gorur, R. Seeing like PISA: A Cautionary Tale Australian Association for Research in Education, Fremantle, Nov 2015

Gorur, R. Rummaging Through Data? Dilemmas in Secondary Analysis European Conference on Research in Education, Budapest, September 2015

Gorur, R. Critiquing Literacy Assessments: Assembling a Sociology of Numbers Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Washington DC, March 2015

Gorur, R. Managing Monsters with Mathematics European Conference for Educational Research, Porto, September 2014

Professional activities

Director, Laboratory of International Assessment Studies

Research groups

Science and Society Network

International Centre for Classroom Research - Research Group

Socio-Material Studies in Education 


Faculty Mid-Career Research Award, Deakin University, 2017

School of Education Research Award, Deakin University, 2017

Faculty Early Career Researcher Award, Deakin University, 2016

Outstanding Paper Award, Australian Association for Research in Education, 2015

CRN Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award (2012-2015), Victoria Unviersity, 2015

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training – Early Career, Victoria University, 2014

Visiting Researcher at RAND Corporation (Washington DC) for two weeks each in 2013 and 2014

Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne from February 2012 – present
Adjunct Fellow at the Victoria Institute, Victoria University, 2015-2018

Best Paper Award (runner up) – European Conference on Educational Research, 2010

Outstanding Achievement Award, Master of Arts, Michigan State University, 1994


Gorur, R. Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award  (2017-2019) for the project Accountability and global education policy networks in the Indo-Pacific $368,000.00

Gorur, R. Sorensen, E. and Maddox, B. Grant from the Heidelberg Academy for Sciences and Humanities (2016-2017) for the project PISA for Development: Between Standardisation and Recontextualisation (Science Numbers and Politics project) @$10,000

Gorur, R. Deakin Arts & Education Faculty Award (2016) for the project The Techniques and Politics of Contextualisation and Comparison: PISA for Development $8,000

Gorur, R. Deakin CREFI Seeding Grant (2015) for the project Assembling Literacy Assessments in Low- Income Countries: A Brief History $5,000

Maddox, B. Grek, S., Hamilton, M., Guadalupe Mendizábal, C.A., Steiner-Khamsi, G., Gorur, R. and Addey, C. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – grant (2014-2016) for the international seminar series The Potentials, Politics and Practices of International Educational Assessment $60,000

Gorur, R. Australia India Education Council – grant of $ 35,000 for the project Strengthening the Australia-India knowledge Partnership: Barriers and Solutions (2012-2013)

Te Riele, K., Rizvi. F., and Gorur, R. Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia grant (2013) for conducting the workshop Vulnerable Youth in Policy and Practice: conceptualisations, enactments and impacts (2013) $7,500

Gorur, R. Victoria University Researcher Development Grant Scheme (2013) for the project Rummaging Through Data: Secondary Analysis, International Data Sets and National Education Policies $26,000

Rizvi, F., & Gorur, R. Australia India Education Council - grant (2012) for the project India-Australia Institutional Collaborations in Higher Education: Potential, Problems, Promises $35,000


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Big data and even bigger consequences

Radhika Gorur, Sam Sellar, Gita Steiner-Khamsi

(2019), pp. 1-9, World yearbook of education 2019: comparative methodology in the era of big data and global networks, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Critical videographic research methods: researching teacher's lives and work post '9/11'

M Thomas, Julianne Moss

(2019), pp. 83-102, Video-based research in education : cross disciplinary perspectives, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Video research: purposeful selection from rich data sets

J Ferguson, George Aranda, Russell Tytler, Radhika Gorur

(2019), pp. 124-139, Video-based research in education: cross-disciplinary perspectives, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Patterns: in search of patterns: with enough data, do the numbers speak for themselves?

R Gorur

(2019), pp. 53-57, World yearbook of education 2019: comparative methodology in the era of big data and global networks, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Politics by other means? STS and research in education

R Gorur, M Hamilton, C Lundahl, E Sjödin

(2019), Vol. 40, pp. 1-15, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Standards: normative, interpretative, and performative

R Gorur

(2018), pp. 92-109, Education by the numbers and the making of society : the expertise of international assessments, New York, N.Y., B1


Escaping numbers? Intimate accounting, informed publics and the uncertain assemblages of authority and non-authority

R Gorur

(2018), Science and technology studies, Tampere, Finland, C1


Towards productive critique of large-scale comparisons in education

R Gorur

(2017), pp. 1-15, Critical Studies in Education, Australia, C1


Statistics and statecraft: exploring the potentials, politics and practices of international educational assessment

R Gorur

(2017), Vol. 58, pp. 261-265, Critical Studies in Education, Melbourne, Vic., C1


The performative politics of NAPLAN and Myschool

R Gorur

(2016), pp. 30-43, National testing in schools: an Australian assessment, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Seeing like PISA: a cautionary tale about the performativity of international assessments

R Gorur

(2016), Vol. 15, pp. 598-616, European educational research journal, London, Eng., C1


The 'thin descriptions' of the secondary analyses of PISA

R Gorur

(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 647-668, Educaçãon & sociedade, Campinas, Brazil, C1


Producing calculable worlds: education at a glance

R Gorur

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 578-595, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Oxford, Eng., C1-1


Leaning too far? PISA, policy and Australia's 'top five' ambitions

R Gorur, M Wu

(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 647-664, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Oxford, Eng., C1-1


Vulnerability: construct, complexity and consequences

R Gorur

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 3-15, Interrogating conceptions of "vulnerable youth" in theory, policy and practice, Rotterdam, B1-1


Situated, relational and practice-oriented: the actor-network theory approach

R Gorur

(2015), pp. 87-98, Education policy and contemporary theory : implications for research, London, Eng., B1


Assembling a sociology of numbers

R Gorur

(2015), pp. 1-16, Literacy as numbers : researching the politics and practices of international literary assessment, Cambridge, Eng., B1-1


Research and innovation in Indian higher education

R Gorur, F Rizvi

(2015), pp. 423-438, Higher education in the BRICS countries : investigating the pact between higher education and society, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1


Towards a sociology of measurement in education policy

R Gorur

(2014), Vol. 13, pp. 58-72, European educational research journal, London, Eng., C1-1


The politics of disagreement in critical education policy studies: a response to Morsy, Gulson and Clarke

S Sellar, G Savage, R Gorur

(2014), Vol. 35, pp. 462-469, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Harnessing global resources for reforming Indian higher education

F Rizvi, R Gorur

(2014), pp. 153-179, India-Australia relations in the Asian century: perspectives from India and Australia, Daryaganj, New Delhi, B1


My school, my market

R Gorur

(2013), Vol. 34, pp. 214-230, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


The struggle to technicise in education policy

R Gorur, J Koyama

(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 633-648, Australian educational researcher, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Equity and marketisation: emerging policies and practices in Australian education

G Savage, S Sellar, R Gorur

(2013), Vol. 34, pp. 161-169, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Facilitating reflection and action: the possible contribution of video to mathematics teacher education

D Clarke, H Hollingsworth, R Gorur

(2013), Vol. 1, pp. 94-121, Sisyphus - journal of education, Lisbon, Portugal, C1-1


The invisible infrastructure of standards

R Gorur

(2013), Vol. 54, pp. 132-142, Critical studies in education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Indian higher education and the dynamics of global collaborations

F Rizvi, R Gorur

(2012), pp. 17-36, Globalization, culture, and education in South Asia: critical excursions, Basingstoke, Eng., B1


ANT on the PISA trail: following the statistical pursuit of certainty

R Gorur

(2012), pp. 60-77, Researching education through actor-network theory, Chichester, Eng., B1


ANT on the PISA trail: following the statistical pursuit of certainty

R Gorur

(2011), Vol. 43, pp. 76-93, Educational philosophy and theory, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Policy as assemblage

R Gorur

(2011), Vol. 10, pp. 611-622, European educational research journal, London, Eng., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Accountability and Global Education Policy Networks in the Indo-Pacific

A/Prof Radhika Gorur

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2019: $26,264
  • 2018: $120,489
  • 2017: $134,193


Associate Supervisor

Joseph Ferguson

Thesis entitled: A Video-Based Analysis of Science Students' Computer-Mediated Abductive Reasoning

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education