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A selection of projects and presentations and a geographical biography offer context to my research and interests.


  • 2020     Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs, Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien, University of Bremen (June)

  • 2020 – 2024     IDRC (International Development Research Centre, Ottawa) – GPE (Global Partnership for Education), Knowledge and Information Exchange (KIX) initiative, Regional Learning hub for Europe – Asia - Pacific, based at NORRAG/Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva ($2.5 million)

  • 2018 – 2023     Research Council of Norway, FINNUT (Research and Innovation in the Educational Sector), title of funded research project: “Policy Knowledge and Lesson Drawing in Nordic School Reform in an Era of International Comparison,” PI of entire research grant: Kirsten Sivesind (University of Oslo), NOK 12 million (approx. $1.5 million); partnership with Teachers College, Columbia University, $108,328 (co-PI with Oren Pizmony-Levy)


  • 2018 – 2020     Swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC), Consortia for Education and Research (COFER), title of project “Innovative Financing in Education and Development: Case Studies and Multi-Media Material for E-Learning,” CHF 631,660 (approx. $640,000); through the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva/NORRAG (Project Lead)


  • 2017 – 2021     R2 Professor, Mobility Grant North America in Educational Research (UTNAM), part-time visiting faculty member

      Research Council of Norway, Academic Affiliation with University of



  • 2016, 2018      Visiting Professor, University of Oslo

      Course on Comparative Policy Studies for PhD students, held

      during the summer school 2016 in Comparative Social Science

      Studies, organized by the Faculty of Social Sciences


  • 2016      Capacity Strengthening of the Ministry of Education and Science of Uzbekistan, PI: Gita Steiner-Khamsi, administered by ICREST/NCREST, Teachers College, Columbia University, and UNICEF Uzbekistan $36,744


  • 2016      Evaluation study for SDC.


  • 2015 – 2019      Strengthening Education System Sector Development, funded by Asian Development Bank No. 0408-KGZ, Co-Principal Investigator and Team leader: Gita Steiner-Khamsi, administered by ICREST/NCREST, Teachers College, Columbia University, $1,543,494


  • 2015     Visiting Professor, Aarhus Danish Pedagogical University, Copenhagen/Denmark (spread out throughout the academic year)


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10 + 1 Indicators of Teacher Shortage

Presented at the CIES Conference in May 2012

What's Wrong with the "What went right" Approach?

Presented at ECER Conference September 2012

Teacher Salary in Mongolia: Changes Over Time

Presented October 2012

The Global Education Industry: Standards, Cosmopolitanism, and Business”

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Comparatively Speaking:



The video is an oral history of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) as told by former presidents of the organization. 

Comparatively Speaking II: 



This video is a continued oral history of the past sixty years of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 

UNICEF: "Situation of Teachers in Kyrgyzstan"


Situation of Teachers in Kyrgyzstan Video
Mongolian Classroom 


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