Dr Alexander Gardner-Mctaggart

Lecturer in Education

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I am programme director for the MA Educational Leadership in Practice working in an innovative new educational space between the University of Manchester Worldwide and the Institute of Education. I am also a lecturer in educational leadership at the University of Manchester's Institute of Education (MIE). I am focused on international and globalising educational leadership and global citizenship education. I am interested in equity, distinction and power and I approach the generation of knowledge through a phenomenological close understanding of context, and a critical analysis. I often draw upon the work of Pierre Bourdieu and other critical theorists.

I am founder and convenor of the Comparative and International Education Special Interest Group of the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration (BELMAS) Research Interest Group (RIG). I am deeply interested in international education, and the globalising context of educational leadership.

At MIE I am an active member of the Critical Educational Policy and Leadership RIG.

In my current postion at the University of Manchester I am very proud to be responsible for developing, managing, teaching and rolling out the blended Masters in Educational Leadership in Practice, working with the Univeristy of Manchester Worldwide on global rollout of this extraordinary and ground-breaking masters, one of the first to be COVID ready, sustainable and crises resistant. 

External positions

Visiting Professor, Johannes Kepler Universitat - Linz

1 Oct 202115 Feb 2022

Visiting Scholar (Aborted), University of Melbourne

Apr 2020

Co-convenor Comparative and International Education, BERA (British Educational Research Association)

1 Aug 2019 → …

External Examiner, International Baccalaureate Organisation

1 Oct 2011 → …

Areas of expertise

  • L Education (General) - Educational Leadership, International education, Global Citizenship Education, Distinction, Inclusivity Equity Diversity


  • Educational Leadership, The Inernational Baccalaureate, International Schools, Bourdieu, Globalisation, The IB Learner Profile, Global Citizenship Education, Cultural Laundering, The Imperial Gaze, The International Gaze

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - Doctor of Education, Ph.D. The International Bacclaureate and Globalisation. Implications for Educational Leadership, University of Nottingham (2012 - 2018)
  • 2007 - Master of Education, Applied Linguistics, The Open University (2004 - 2007)
  • 1995 - Bachelor of Arts, German, Queen Mary University of London (1991 - 1995)

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