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, such as the those in the Frankfurt school.

I am convenor of the Comparative and International Education Special Interest Group of BERA. I am deeply interested in international education, and the globalising context of educational leadership.

I am an active member of BELMAS, and work within the Critical Educational Policy and Leadership RIG.

In my current postion at the University of Manchester I am responsible for developing the blended Masters in Educational Leadership in Practice, working with the Univeristy of Manchester Worldwide on global rollout of this extraordinary masters.

External positions

Visiting Scholar (I unhappily declined due to extreme climate crisis Australia 2019 and large carbon footprint of flight), University of Melbourne

Apr 2020

Convenor Comparative and International Education, BERA (British Educational Research Association)

1 Aug 2019 → …

External Examiner, International Baccalaureate Organisation

1 Oct 2011 → …


  • 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, 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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