Dr Miguel Antonio Lim

Lecturer in Education and International Development

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I am 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. I am also Co-Research Coordinator and Impact Coordinator of the Manchester Institute of Education (University of Manchester). I am also Programme Director of the Postgraduate Masters in Education (International) Degree.  

I carry out research on a range of topics in education policy and international development. I am particularly interested in issues around economic sociology in education. These include the construction of value in (higher) education, the 'social life' of data, the use of technology in society and educational contexts, and the production of educational distinctions, among other topics. My current and previous research projects have included studies on global university rankings, evaluation in education, and international partnerships. 

My current research continues earlier work on rankings systems. I am also leading projects exploring 'quality' in higher education in emerging economies.

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

I have worked in various roles in the the university sector, including administration, international partnerships, and performance audit. 

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

Education / academic qualifications

  • Associate 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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