PROF Simon Marginson

PROF Simon Marginson


  • Global sociology
  • Higher education studies, including policy and management
  • History of Australian education
  • International and comparative education in the global context
  • Studies in sociology, political economy and philosophy of education



Member of

  • ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities International Advisory Board, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Graduate School of Education. Member 2011 -
  • Advisory Committee, Center for International Higher Education, Peking University. Member 2010 -
  • Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement, American Council on Education. Member 2010 -
  • Research and Publications Committee, International Education Association of Australia. Member 2007 -
  • Melbourne Education Research Institute Management Committee. Member 2006 -
  • Melbourne Graduate School of Education Development Committee. Member 2006 -
  • University of Melbourne Academic Board. Member 2006 -
  • University of Melbourne Internationalization Working Party, Research Commission. Member 2006 -
  • University of Melbourne Research Commission. Member 2006 -
  • University of Melbourne Research Metrics Working Group. Member 2006 -
  • University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor;s Policy and Advocacy Group. Member 2006 -
  • El Seminario de Educacion Superior de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico the National University of Mexico, Mexico City. Member 2005 -
  • Families and Social Capital ESRC Research Group international e-advisory group, UK. Member 2005 -
  • Society for Research into Higher Education, UK. Member 2004 -
  • American Educational Research Association, USA. Member 1998 -
  • Association for Studies in Higher Education, USA. Member 1998 -
  • Comparative and International Education Society, USA. Member 1997 -
  • Australian Association for Research in Education, Australia. Member 1996 -
  • Australian College of Education, Australia. Member 1996 -
  • Committee for the Internationalisation of the Curriculum, Monash University. Member 2003 - 2006
  • International Forum, Association for Studies in Higher Education (ASHE). Chair 2004 - 2005
  • Monash University Research Committee. Member 1999 - 2001


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1996
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1974

Awards and honors

  • Melbourne Education Research Institute Research Staff Research Award, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, 2011
  • Critics Choice Award for the book "Imagination: Three models of the imagination in the age of knowledge economy (with Peter Murphy and Michael Peters), American Educational Studies Association (AESA), 2010
  • Woodward Medal for Outstanding Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities 2008, University of Melbourne, 2008
  • Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, 2007
  • Bereday award for the best journal article of 2001 (with Marcela Mollis, University of Buenos Aires), Comparative and International Education Society, 2002
  • Outstanding Publications Award for 2000 Division J (with Mark Considine), American Educational Research Association, 2001
  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2000
  • Award for the outstanding doctoral thesis in the field of education, Australian Association for Educational Research, 1997
  • Harbison-Higinbotham Research Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 1997
  • John Smyth Memorial Lecture, Victorian Institute of Educational Research, 1997
  • The Chancellor's Prize for excellence in the doctoral thesis, University of Melbourne, 1997
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Education, 1994



Available for supervision

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