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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 & Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

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

Contact

radhika.gorur@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46437

Biography

Biography 

I am an Associate Professor at Deakin University, and a Director of the Laboratory of International Assessment Studies. I am interested in education policy, regulation and reform; global networks, aid and development; the social studies of science and technology (STS), the sociology of numbers, and critical data studies. I explore how policy ideas are assembled and how they gain influence. I use concepts from STS to explore quantification and comparison, PISA, the history of indicators in education, national and global education reforms, datafication and accountability. I have a growing interest in AI and ethics, digital platforms and cultures, and human-digital assemblages in learning.

I am a member of Research for Educational Impact; a founding member of the Science and Society Network; and a Theme Leader for Data Cultures. 

Current Projects

Global Policy Networks and Accountability in the Global South (DECRA)

Mapping the Changing Patterns of Research in Australia

Ethical Engineers by Design

Data for Good? Exploring trends in data philanthropism

Migrating to On-line Examinations: Strategies, Concerns, Experiences

Supervisions

I welcome students with an interest in STS, education policy, global reforms, education aid and development, AI-human learning, & AI ethics; quantification and data cultures. I particularly welcome interdiscipinary projects.

Current supervisions 

Harsha Chandir (PISA's measurement of Global Competency)

Rizwana Shehzad (The role of examinations in Pakistan's education policy)

Olsi Kusta (A critical perspective on the influence of digital pathology in diagnostic and knowledge practices of cancer diseases)

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)

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
I have been an invited speaker at prestigious institutions including Harvard, Columbia, Strasbourg, Western, Georgetwon, Arizona State University and the University of Tampere. I will be the closing keynote speaker at the Comparative Education Society of Europe conference in 2021.

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Career highlights

AWARDS

Faculty of Arts and Education Mid-Career Researcher Award (2017)

School of Education Research Award (2017)

Faculty Early Career Researcher Award (2016) Deakin University

AARE Outstanding Paper Award (2015)

CRN Oustanding Early Career Researcher Award (2012-2015)

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 set up 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

Keynote, Comparative Education Society of Europe Conference, May 2021

Public Lecture, L@BED Seminar Series, Naples, September 2019

Panellist, Networked Governance in Action Seminar, Manchester Metropolitan University, September 2019

Public seminar, U Toronto, April 2019

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 conference, 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, 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

Founding Member, Deakin Science and Society Network

Member, Australian Association for Research in Education

Member, European Educational Research Association

Member, Comparative and International Education Society

Teaching interests

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

Data Cutlures; Digital Infrastructures

Curriculum, Pedgagoy and Assessment

Units taught

EPR 703 - Reflecting on Practice in Professional Experience

EEG 704 - Internationalising the Curriculum in Education

Knowledge areas

Research Interests

Education policy, governance, regulation, reforms and accountability

Intergovernmental organisations, global reforms, global measurements, comparisons and rankings

Sociology of numbers; Digital infrastructures; Actor-Network Theory

Sociology of knowledge; Science-society-state nexus

AI-human assemblages, AI ethics

Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment; Classroom research, video-based research

Current Projects

Gorur, R., Blackmore, J., Rowlands, J. REDI Grant (2020). A Framework for Mapping the Changing Patterns of Research in Australia. ($10,000)

Gorur, R., Kowal, E., Hoon, L. REDI Grant (2020). Ethical Engineers by Design. ($5,000)

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

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

Editor, Discourse: Studies in the cultural politics of education

Member of the Advisory Board, Journal of Education Policy

Reviewer for several journals

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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2020

Drawing to reason and learn in science

R Tytler, V Prain, G Aranda, J Ferguson, R Gorur

(2020), Vol. 57, pp. 209-231, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Afterword: embracing numbers?

R Gorur

(2020), Vol. 29, pp. 187-197, International Studies in Sociology of Education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Making the user friendly: the ontological politics of digital data platforms

Radhika Gorur, Joeeta Dey

(2020), pp. 1-15, Critical studies in education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

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

Translating PISA, translating the world

Camilla Addey, Radhika Gorur

(2020), pp. 1-18, Comparative education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
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

book 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

book 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

book chapter

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

book 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 article
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

book 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 article

World Yearbook of Education 2019 Comparative Methodology in the Era of Big Data and Global Networks

Radhika Gorur, Sam Sellar, Gita Steiner-Khamsi

(2018), A7

edited book
2017

Towards productive critique of large-scale comparisons in education

R Gorur

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

journal article

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 article
2016

The performative politics of NAPLAN and Myschool

R Gorur

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

book 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 article

The 'thin descriptions' of the secondary analyses of PISA

R Gorur

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

journal article
2015

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

book 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

book 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

book 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

book chapter

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 article

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 article

Interrogating conceptions of "vulnerable youth" in theory, policy and practice

K Riele, R Gorur

(2015), New York, N.Y., A7

edited book
2014

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

book chapter

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 article

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 article
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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

The invisible infrastructure of standards

R Gorur

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

journal article

India-Australia institutional collaborations in higher education: potential, problems, promises

F Rizvi, R Gorur, C Reyes

(2013), [Canberra, A.C.T], A6-1

research report/technical paper

Strengthening the Australia-India Knowledge Partnership: challenges and opportunities. A report for the Australia India Education Council

R Gorur, D Loton

(2013), [Melbourne, Vic.], A6-1

research report/technical paper
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

book 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

book 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 article

Policy as assemblage

R Gorur

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

journal article

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: $131,320
  • 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