Dr Miguel Antonio Lim

Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development

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I am Senior Lecturer in Education with special focus on Education and International Development at the School of Environment, Education, and Development (SEED) at the University of Manchester.

My other roles include:

Impact Coordinator of the Manchester Institute of Education (University of Manchester).

Leader of the Globalisation and International Development Pathway for the Postgraduate Masters in International Education.  

Co-convenor of the Higher Education Research Network at Manchester (HERE@Manchester).

Co-convenor of the International Research and Researchers Network of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE). 


My previous roles at the University of Manchester include:

Co-Research Coordinator of the Manchester Institute of Education (2017-2020) 

Programme Director of the Postgraduate Masters in Education (International) Degree (2018-2019).


Research areas

I carry out research on a range of topics in education policy and international development. I am particularly interested in issues around transnational and international higher education.


University Rankings and Impact

My research covers issues around global university rankings, reputation and strategy management in international higher education,  the construction of value in higher education, the 'social life' of data, evaluation in education, the use of technology in society and educational contexts, and the production of educational distinction(s).

I am also leading projects exploring the concepts and practices of 'quality' in higher education in emerging economies.


International Higher Education Partnerships, China and East/Southeast Asian Higher Education

I have previous professional expeirence in managing international higher education partnerships. I have a keen research interest in higher education and 'knowledge diplomacy'. I am particularly interested in issues around China and Southeast Asian higher education. 

I initiated and co-organise a series of annual conferences on China and Higher Education held in December.  


Research Funding

My work has been supported by the British Academy, the European Commission, the Marie Curie Alumni Association, the ESRC, the UPP foundation, The Hallsworth Fund, the Confucius Institute, and the University of Manchester strategic research funds.


PhD supervision

I welcome PHD applicants interested in working in my areas of research. 

I currently supervise PhD students working on a numbers of areas including: experiences of international faculty members at UK universities, transnational partnerships of Chinese universities, 'World Class University' policies and strategies, the role of education agents in decision making of international students, the international faculty recruitment policies of universities in China, the role of social reponsibility in building university reputations (in China). 



I teach courses on education and international development, concepts and issues in international education, international and comparative education, equity and higher education, educational leadership, research methods, and the sociology of leisure.


Professional experience 

I have worked in various roles in the the university/higher educationy sector, including administration, international partnerships, fund raising and development, and performance audit.

I have worked (research, teaching and administration) at the London School of Economics, Sciences-Po Paris (The Paris Institute of Political Studies), Aarhus University Denmark and the UCL Masters in Business Administration - Higher Education. 

Social responsibility

I am a member of the Policy Working Group of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie* Alumni Association. I lead the taskforce on 'Displaced Academics and Students in HIgher Education'.

*Research Programme supported by the European Union


External positions

Associate - Center for Higher Education Futures, University of Aarhus

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons


  • Evaluation, Rankings, International Development, Higher Education, Education policy, China, Southeast Asia, Transnational Higher Education, Impact Agenda

Education / academic qualifications

  • Fellow - Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy (Formerly Known As Learning & Teaching Support Network)
  • Master of Social Science Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po)
  • Master of Social Science London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London)
  • Doctor of Education University of Aarhus

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