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Dr Ben Arnold



Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Ben Arnold is a postdoctoral research fellow working on Professor Phil Riley's research program 'Educator Occupational Health, Safety & Wellbeing'. He investigates the relationship between education policy and governance, workplace cultures/practices and teachers' health and wellbeing in different contexts. He considers how teacher wellbeing is defined and operationalised and the implications this has for policy interventions.

In recent years, Ben has worked on a number of projects to investigate internationalisation and globalisation in education. In his previous role at Deakin, he worked as a Research Associate investigating global education agendas and accountability initiatives in India. In 2018, Ben completed his PhD studies with the University of Exeter, UK. This project investigated global education policies and their relationship to both national policies and the local school experience in India. This project was funded through a full PhD scholarship with the University of Exeter, UK. As part of his PhD studies, Ben undertook a research placement at UNESCO South Asia where he worked in the Education department.  Ben also undertook a research placement at UNICEF India where he investigated the implementation of a nationwide child protection scheme in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Prior to his research work, Ben worked as a primary and middle school teacher and coordinator in the UK and Indonesia.

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Research interests

Comparative and international education

Education Policy and Governance

Education Reform

Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Teacher professional learning


2014-2018: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship with the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC).


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Hybrid models of delivery: Statemandatedpublic-private partnerships in India

R Gorur, B Arnold

(2020), pp. 82-97, Privatisation and commercialisation in public education : how the public nature of schooling is changing, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Regulating private sector schooling in the global south: the case of India

R Gorur, B Arnold

(2020), pp. 1-17, Compare: a journal of comparative and international education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

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