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A/Prof. Radhika Gorur

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Position

Associate Professor of Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

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

Biography

Biography
Radhika Gorur is an Associate Professor at Deakin University, and a Director of the Laboratory of International Assessment Studies. Her research interests include education policy, regulation and reform; global networks, aid and development; 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. With an interest in digitization and datafication, she has been contributing to the sociology of numbers. She uses concepts from Science and Technology Studies to explore the processes of quantification and comparison, PISA, the history of indicators in education, national and global education reforms, and on Actor-Network Theory. Currently, with a grant from the Australian Research Council, she is researching the role of global policy networks and the new accountability practices in the Indo-Pacific, with an empirical focus on Cambodia and India to develop principles for sustainable, participatory accountability practices.

Radhika is a member of the Education Policy and Governance strand of Research for Educational Impact (REDI). She is a founding member of the Science and Society Network (SSN) and is a Theme Leader of the Data Cultures theme. 

Selected Grants

  • 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
  • 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)

Supervisions
Radhika is currently accepting Masters and PhD students, and is particularly interested in projects in the areas of social policy and reform; quantification and datafication; AI and the digital in education; classroom research; teachers and teaching; and development, aid and reforms in the global south. Her current PhD supervisions include Harsha Chandir, investigating PISA's measurement of Global Competency, and Rizwana Shehzad, investigating the role of examinations in Pakistan's education policy

Awards
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

Selected Invitations
Radhika has been an invited speaker at prestigious institutions including Harvard University, Teachers College Columbia, Strasbourg University, the University of Western Ontario, Georgetwon University, Arizona State University and the University of Tampere.

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Career highlights

AWARDS

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

Affiliations

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

Video-based research

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

Digital infrastructures

Actor-Network Theory

Expertise

Radhika Gorur is an expert in the areas of education policy and politics, education reform and international development, 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

Conferences

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
Speaker, International Assessment and International Convergence of Educational Reforms, Teachers College, Columbia University, 6-7 March 2015.
Panellist, India Congress at Harvard, Harvard University,14-15 February, 2013.
Speaker and Panellist Literacy as Numbers seminar at the Institute of Education, London, June 2013.

Professional activities

Director, Laboratory of International Assessment Studies

Media appearances

Videos:

Old Power, New Power and Soft Infrastructures - video interview - starts at 0.56 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1HkJv322k0

Freshed Podcast on Seeing Like PISA - http://www.freshedpodcast.com/radhikagorur/

Video on the paper Leaning Too Far - with Margaret Wu for Discourse   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br93GTTnWr8

Articles in The Conversation

Governments need to look beyond education rankings and focus on inequities in the system

Policymakers should use caution when drawing lessons from OECD's education Report

Naplan has done little to improve student outcomes

Research groups

Science and Society Network

International Centre for Classroom Research - Research Group

Socio-Material Studies in Education 

Awards

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

Projects

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

Publications

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2019

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

chapter

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

chapter

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

chapter

Politics by other means? STS and research in education

R Gorur, M Hamilton, C Lundahl, E Sjdin

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

journal

Old power, new power and ontological flattening: the global 'data revolution' in education

R Gorur

(2019), pp. 66-82, New practices of comparison, quantification and expertise in education: conducting empirically based research, Abingdon, Eng., B1

chapter
2018

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

chapter

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

R Gorur

(2018), Vol. 31, pp. 89-108, Science and technology studies, Tampere, Finland, C1

journal
2017

Towards productive critique of large-scale comparisons in education

R Gorur

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

journal

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

journal
2016

The performative politics of NAPLAN and Myschool

R Gorur

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

chapter

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

journal

The 'thin descriptions' of the secondary analyses of PISA

R Gorur

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

journal
2015

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

journal

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

journal

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

chapter

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

chapter

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

chapter

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

chapter
2014

Towards a sociology of measurement in education policy

R Gorur

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

journal

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

journal

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

chapter
2013

My school, my market

R Gorur

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

journal

The struggle to technicise in education policy

R Gorur, J Koyama

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

journal

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

journal

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

journal

The invisible infrastructure of standards

R Gorur

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

journal
2012

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

chapter

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

chapter
2011

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

journal

Policy as assemblage

R Gorur

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

journal

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: $97,177
  • 2018: $120,489
  • 2017: $134,193

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2017

Joseph Ferguson

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

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education