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.Read more on Radhika's profile
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.
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
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
Contemporary Global Contexts of Education
Curriculum, Pedgagoy and Assessment
Aid and Development
EPR 703 - Reflecting on Practice in Professional Experience
Education governance and accountability
Education reform in low-income nations
Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
Inquiry in mathematics and science classrooms
Teacher professional learning and initial teacher education
International and national assessments
PISA, NAPLAN, My School
Social policy and regulation
Sociology of numbers
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
Director, Laboratory of International Assessment Studies
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
(2018), pp. 92-109, Education by the numbers and the making of society : the expertise of international assessments, New York, N.Y., B1
(2017), pp. 1-15, Critical Studies in Education, Australia, C1
(2017), Vol. 58, pp. 261-265, Critical Studies in Education, Melbourne, Vic., C1
(2016), pp. 30-43, National testing in schools: an Australian assessment, Abingdon, Eng., B1
(2016), Vol. 15, pp. 598-616, European educational research journal, London, Eng., C1
(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 647-668, Educaçãon & sociedade, Campinas, Brazil, C1
(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 578-595, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Oxford, Eng., C1-1
R Gorur, M Wu
(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 647-664, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Oxford, Eng., C1-1
(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 3-15, Interrogating conceptions of "vulnerable youth" in theory, policy and practice, Rotterdam, B1-1
(2015), pp. 87-98, Education policy and contemporary theory : implications for research, London, Eng., B1
(2015), pp. 1-16, Literacy as numbers : researching the politics and practices of international literary assessment, Cambridge, Eng., B1-1
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
(2014), Vol. 13, pp. 58-72, European educational research journal, London, Eng., C1-1
S Sellar, G Savage, R Gorur
(2014), Vol. 35, pp. 462-469, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1
F Rizvi, R Gorur
(2014), pp. 153-179, India-Australia relations in the Asian century: perspectives from India and Australia, Daryaganj, New Delhi, B1
(2013), Vol. 34, pp. 214-230, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1
R Gorur, J Koyama
(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 633-648, Australian educational researcher, Berlin, Germany, C1-1
G Savage, S Sellar, R Gorur
(2013), Vol. 34, pp. 161-169, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1
D Clarke, H Hollingsworth, R Gorur
(2013), Vol. 1, pp. 94-121, Sisyphus - journal of education, Lisbon, Portugal, C1-1
(2013), Vol. 54, pp. 132-142, Critical studies in education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1
F Rizvi, R Gorur
(2012), pp. 17-36, Globalization, culture, and education in South Asia: critical excursions, Basingstoke, Eng., B1
(2012), pp. 60-77, Researching education through actor-network theory, Chichester, Eng., B1
(2011), Vol. 43, pp. 76-93, Educational philosophy and theory, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1
(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
Dr Radhika Gorur
ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
- 2018: $110,850
- 2017: $134,193
Thesis entitled: A Video-Based Analysis of Science Students' Computer-Mediated Abductive Reasoning
Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education