Staff profile - Ly Tran

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Dr Ly Tran

Position: Senior Lecturer In Education (Pedagogy And Curriculum)
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SoE Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46026 +61 3 924 46026



  • Bachelor of Arts, Hue University, 1997
  • Master of Education, Monash University, 2002
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2007


American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

International Education Association of Australia (IEAA)

Australian Vocational Education and Training Research association (AVETRA)

Internationalisation of the Curriculum Research Group

Vietnam Reading Group


Professional activities

Deputy National Convenor,  Internationalisation of the Curriculum Special Interest Group, International Education Association of Australia

Honorary/Visiting Research Fellow, University of Chester, England (2015-2018)

Associate Editor: Palgrave Communications

Editorial Board for Transitions: Journal of Transisent Migration

Member of School Research Review Panel

Member of International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Research Committee

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Professional Learning Group

Member of Research Cluster 'Exploring Hybrid Universities in East Asia: Cultures, Values and Changes", Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP):

Reviewer for journals:


Higher Education


Journal of Studies in International Education


Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning


Intercultural Relations

Educational Review


International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives

Asia Pacific Education Review


International Journal of Intercultural Relations


International Journal of Training Research


Studies in Continuing Education


Teaching Education


Accounting Education






Twitter: @LyTran18;


Research Gate:

LinkedIn profile

Personal website


Teaching Interests

Principles and contexts of adult learning

Managing teaching and professional experience

Working with diversity

Becoming a professional educator

Internationalisation of the curriculum

HDR Research Supervision

I am keen to supervise research students in areas related to my research interests including international education, student mobility, international students, Vietnamese higher education, TESOL, EFL teaching and learning, staff professional learning, curriculum and pedagogy (please see my Research page for more details about my research focus and research grants). 

Here are some PhD projects I have been involved in supervising:

* Internationalisation of the Curriculum in Disciplines: A Comparative Study of Australian and Vietnamese Universities (PhD thesis)

* Impacts of ICT on the professional identity development of international Vietnamese doctoral students in Australia (Postdoc project)

* Professional development for teachers in China's higher education (PhD thesis)

* International students, academic libraries and information seeking (Masters thesis)

* Transformative learning in the experience of adult learners (Masters thesis)

* A  trans-disciplinary framework for conceptualising Chinese students’ perspectives on academic integrity (PhD thesis)

* The impact of sharing stories on developing cosmopolitan understanding in secondary school students (Masters Research Paper)

* Saudi Arabian students' transition to a mixed-gender environment (PhD project)

My research interests are broadly situated in the areas of international education, intercultural learning, Vietnamese HE, staff professional development and the sociology of education. I have drawn on Positioning Theory to conceptualise international students' adaptation patterns and academics' professional practices in higher education. I have also used Bourdieu's theory to analyse the phenomenon of student mobility and teacher professional development. My ongoing research focuses on the nexus between international students' investment in overseas study and migration and the internationalisation of the student experience.

I have been a CI on a Discovery Project funded by the Australian Research Council, addressing the learning experiences of international students, teachers' professionalism, teachers' adaptation of teaching practices and the internationalisation of vocational education. My book on new pedagogies for teaching international students in vocational education, which arose from this ARC project, won the 2014 IEAA Excellence award for Best Practice/Innovation in International Education.

In 2014 I was awarded a DECRA grant from the Australian Research Council. This project investigates the impact of international students, internationalisation, global workforce mobility and the demands of the 'Asian Century' upon staff's professional development needs and practices. The research uses an interdisciplinary sociological framework which combines positioning theory and Bourdieu's theory of social field to examine teacher professional learning.

Additionally, I have collaborated with researchers from Vietnam and China on various projects related to the higher education curriculum, graduate employability, internationalisation of higher education and EFL teaching and learning in Vietnam and China. One of the important outcomes of this ongoing collaborative work is our 2014 book published by Palgrave Macmillan entitled 'Higher education in Vietnam: Flexibility, mobility and practicality in the global knowledge economy'.

Conferences and seminars

Invited talks

Tran, L. (2016) Invited plenary talk at the 7th Biennial CRIE conference on Trends and Issues in International Education, January 2016, Auckland, New Zealand

Tran, L. T. (2016). ‘New Colombo Plan: Asia as a space for learning and transformation’. Invited presentation, Seminar co-hosted by the CIERN and the Sydney South East Asia Centre, May 11th

Tran, L. T (2015). Pedagogies in teaching international students and internationalising the student experience: Conceptual principles and examples of practice. Invited talk at the University of Chester, Chester, UK, 15 September

Tran, L. (2014). International student engagement: Fostering a sense of belonging to the classroom, the institution and the community. Invited presentation at the 2014 Institute Conference on engagement, William Angliss Institute. 26 June. Melbourne

Tran, L. T. (2013). Themes, Challenges and Aspirations – Do we really understand the transition experience of today’s international students?. Keynote address at the Developing Practice Conference, Monash College. State Library of Victoria. 6-7 August, 2013.

Tran, L. T. (2012). Engaging international students. Invited plenary talk at the National Conference on Student Engagement. Melbourne. October 2012.
Tran, L. T. (2012). International education and social justice. Invited presentation at the Sociology in Education Symposium. Melbourne. June 2012.
Tran, L. T. (2010). Which actions can be expected from groups and organizations in the community? Invited Talk at the Racism and the International Student Experience Forum, coordinated by Universities Australia, Australian Human Rights Commission and Academy of the Social Sciences , Canberra, March 2010.

Tran, L. T. (2010). Internationalizing the vocational education curriculum. Invited Talk at the Symposium on International education in Australia: Where to from here. Centre for the Study in Higher Education, the University of Melbourne, 2010.
Tran, L. T. (2010). Cross-cultural doctoral and supervision experience. Invited talk at RMIT Supervisors’ Colloquium. Melbourne, 26 May 2010.
Tran, L. T. (2009). International student in vocational education: Study purposes and learning practice. Invited Talk at the Victorian TAFE International Seminar.
Tran, L. T. (2009). Becoming a researcher in international education. Keynote talk at the IEAA Research Conference. Melbourne, 2009.

Commentary pieces

Tran, L. & Gribble, C. (2015). International students have a contribution to make. University World News. Issue No:387

Tran, L. & Gomes, C. (2015). Stereotyping international students is unjust. University World News. Issue 00371.

Huong Phan & Ly Tran (2015). In Vietnam, challenges and opportunities for internationalisation: Joint programmes and imported curricula. Forum magazine. European Association for International Education

Tran, L (2015). Framing International Student Responsibility. AIEC Blog.

Marginson, S. & Tran, L. T. (2014) Vietnam: The need for flexibility, mobility and practicality in higher education. University World News. September 2014 Issue.

Tran, L. T. (2012) Engaging International Students. Insights blog, p. 1, LH Martin Institute
Conference Papers

Conference papers

Tran, L. T, Gribble, C. & Stafford, G. (2016). New Colombo Plan: Australians as international students in Asia. Presentation at the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education, Melbourne.

Media appearances

Topic: International VET study to break new ground
Outlet: Campus Review, Monday 2 February, 2009

Topic: The welfare of international students
Outlet: ABC Radio National, National Interest, Friday 5 June, 2009.

Topic: Is Australia still the study destination of Vietnamese students?
Outlet: Lao Dong magazine

Topic: Are VET students mere ‘PR hunters’?
Outlet: ABC Radio (magazine)

Topic: Awards open international horizons



Awards and prizes

  • 2016, Featured Author, NCVER's VOCEDplus database:
  • 2014, Mid-career Research Award, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University
  • 2015-2018, Honorary/Visiting Research Fellow, University of Chester, England
  • 2014-2017, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Australian Research Council.
  • 2012, Early Career Researcher International Travel Award, RMIT University
  • 2009-2013, APD Fellowship, Australian Research Council
  • 2007, Prize for Best Student-authored Refereed Article, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne
  • 2007, Bursary Award for ‘Excellent Paper at the International Student Advisors Network of Australia (ISANA) Conference
  • 2007, Travel Award from the ALAA Conference based on the merit of submitted paper
  • 2006, Certificate of Recognition for ‘Excellent Paper’ at the Conference of Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia 
  • 2006, Scholarship to Participate in the Asia Pacific Week, Australian National University
  • 2006, HERDSA Annual Conference Postgraduate Travel Award
  • 2002, Alumni Award for Excellence in Masters of Education, Monash University (for the Masters student graduating with the highest overall grade in Education and outstanding thesis)
  • 2003-2007, PhD Scholarship, Endeavour IPRS Scholarship from DEEWR
  • 2003-2007, PhD Allowance Scholarship, Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS) from the University of Melbourne
  • 2001, ADS Scholarship from the Australian Government
  • 1997, Rector’s Award for Excellence in Bachelor of Arts, Hue University, Vietnam


Research interests

* international education and transnational education

* international students and student mobility

* TESOL/English teacher education/EFL teaching and learning

* Bourdieu's theory and students' investment in overseas education

* internationalisation of the curriculum and the student experience

* vocational education and training (VET)

* teacher professional development and professional identity

* cross-cultural pedagogies and culturally inclusive practices

* Vietnamese higher education curriculum and graduate employability

* internationalisation of Vietnamese HE

* teaching international students

Research grants

ARC Discovery Project (DP160103181), International students in secondary schools. (2016-2018). Project members: Christine Halse; Jill Blackmore; Ly Tran; Catherine Beavis; Leonie Rowan; Michael Karcher. Value: $302,818.00

ARC DECRA Project (DE140101473). Teacher professional development in international vocational education (2014-2017). Value: $381,838.00

ARC Discovery Project (DP0986590), International students in the Vocational Training and Education Sector: Study Purposes, Learning Practices and Institutional Responses (2009-2013). Value: $276,000.

2016, CPA Australia, Cultural perspectives, credentialism and graduate employability in the field of accounting. Project members: Jill Blackmore, Ly Tran, Research fellows: Mark Rahimi & Thu Dang. Value: $60,000.

2016, The impact of post study work rights on international students in Australia. Central Research Grants Scheme (CRGS), Project members: Ly Tran, George Tan, Mark Rahimi & Thu Dang. Value: $15,697

2015, CREFI Research Development Grant, Project title: New Colombo Plan: Australians as International Students in Asia. Project members: Ly Tran, Cate Gribble, Glen Stafford. Value: $15,000

2015, Mid year grant, Project title: Internationalisation in Vietnamese higher education: A comparison with China, South Korea and Singapore, CREFI

2014-2017, Exploring Hybrid Universities in East Asia: Cultures, Values and Changes, APHERP, with Sheng-Ju Chan, Molly N. N. Lee, Morshidi Sirat, Rui Yang, William Yat Wai Lo, Cheng Cheng Yang, Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Jisun Jung, Edilberto C. de Jesus, Yeow-Tong & Nhai Nguyen

2014, Deakin International Research Development Grant, Project title: Minorities, mobility and migration. Project members: Halse, C., Ure, C., Kostogriz, A., Rawolle, S., Auld, G., Tran, L., Rahimi, M. Value: $13,000.

2014, CREFI Research Development Grant, Project title: Reciprocal intercultural understanding and international secondary students in Victoria. Project members: Halse, C. Rahimi, M., Rawolle, S., Tran, L., Weinmann, M., Arrowsmith, C. Value: $19,128.

2012, Chinese students in diploma and associate degree study in Australia,  (Cao Ling, Gansu Lianhe University, China and Ly Tran)
2007. International students’ purposes of investing in vocational courses. Category 1 Research Support Grant, Department of Management, Monash University.

The Safety of International Students, Queensland Government Funding,
(Chris Nyland, Helen Forbes-Mewett, Simon Marginson, Gaby Ramia, Elenawati Sawir, Sharon Smith and Ly Thi Tran).

2010. Family arrangements and children's needs of postgraduate international students studying in Australia, with Berenice Nyland, Seeding Grant, School of Education, RMIT.

Research page




Tran, L., Marginson, S., Do, H., Do, Q., Le, T., Nguyen, N., Vu, T., Pham, T., & Nguyen, H. (2014). Higher education in Vietnam: Flexibility, mobility and practicality in the global knowledge economy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tran, L. T. (2013). Teaching international students in vocational education: New pedagogical approaches. Camberwell: ACER Press. Winning the IEAA's Best Practice/Innovation Award.

Tran, L. T. (2013). International Student Adaptation to Academic Writing in Higher Education. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Tran, L. T. & Dempsey, K. (Eds) (Under contract). Internationalization in Vocational Education and Training: Transnational Perspectives. Dordrecht: Springer.

Tran, L. & Gomes, C. (Forthcoming, eds). International student connectedness and identity. Dordrecht: Springer

Tran, L. T. & Marginson, S. (Eds). (Under contract ). Internationalisation in Vietnamese higher education. Dordrecht: Springer

Nguyen, N. & Tran, L. T. (Eds) (Under contract). Higher education reform in Vietnam: Globalised forces and local demands. Dordrecht: Springer.

Selected Forthcoming Refereed Journal Articles

Tran, L. T., & Vu, T. T. P. (In press). ‘Responsibility in mobility’: International students and social responsibility. Globalization, Societies and Education

Tran, L. T., & Vu, T. T. P. (In press). International students and personal responsibility towards learning. Journal of International education and Business.

Tran, L. & Soejatminah, S. (2016) ‘Get foot in the door’: International Students’ Perceptions of WIL.  British Journal of Educational Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00071005.2015.1128526

Tran, L. T., & Vu, T. T. P. (2016). ‘I’m not like that, why treat me the same way? ’The impact of stereotyping international students on their learning, employability and connectedness with the workplace. The Australian Educational Researcher, 43(2), 203-220

Tran, L. T (2015). Mobility as ‘becoming’: A Bourdieuian analysis of the factors shaping international student mobility. British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Soong, H., Tran, L., & Pham, H. (2015) Being and becoming an intercultural doctoral student. Reflective Practice. 16(4), 435-448

Cao, L. & Tran, L. (2015). An insight into Chinese international students' help and information seeking manners. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives. 14(1), 42-56

Tran, L. & Nguyen, N. (2015). Re-imagining teachers' professionalism and identity under the condition of internationalisation of education. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. 21(8), 958-973

Selected Forthcoming Book Chapters

Tran, L. T. & Nguyen, N. T. (In press). The cosmopolitan sojourners: Understanding international Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese students' motivations to study overseas using Bourdieu's work. In D. Sharpes. (Ed.). Handbook on Comparative and International Studies in Education. Charlotte, US: Information Age Publishing.

Gribble, C. & Tran, L. T. (In press). Connecting and Reconnecting with Vietnam:  Migration, Vietnamese overseas communities and social media. In C. Gomes. (Ed.). Multiethnic Southeast Asia and Social Media. Anthem Press

Tran, L. T. & Gomes, C. (Forthcoming). Student mobility, connectedness and identity. In Tran. L. T. & Gomes, C. (Forthcoming). (Eds). International student connectedness and identity. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer.

Link to publications

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