Staff Profile

Edit

Career Summary

Biography

I come to the field of Comparative and International Education from a background in Social Work (MA) and Psychology (BA). My interest in critical pedagogies and education for social justice grew out of my work with institutionalised children in India - street children, orphans, so-called juvenile delinquents etc. Both my MA and BA research thesis focused on the discrimination and challenges negotiated by institutionalised children. More specifically children with physical and cognitive disabilities as well as children labelled as juvenile delinquents. The overwhelmingly negative encounters that these children had had with the educational system stood out in stark contradiction to my own. I set out to explore these differences in educational opportunity and quality through the work of critical educators like Paulo Freire and bell hooks. I have been journeying with critical and feminist educators ever since.

The scope of my exploration today has expanded from pedagogy and curriculum to education policy analysis and advocacy. I am particularly interested in how community-based activists and social movements can contribute to the democratisation of education policy making. I am also interested in how the Right to Education, Education for All and other global policy discourse interact with national and sub-national decision-making about education.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Education Policy), University of Maryland - USA, 21/05/2006
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Madras, 21/04/1997
  • Master of Arts (Social Work), Tata Institute of Social Sciences - Mumbai - India, 09/05/1998

Research

Research keywords

  • Education Policy Analysis
  • Social Movements and Education
  • The Right to Education

Research expertise

My scholarship is centered around education policy analysis, advocacy and activism for policy change, and the impact of globalisation on educational change. My theoretical framework is informed by critical, feminist, and queer theories of education.

My PhD dissertation analysed the educational philosophy and practices of the Landless Workers Movement Brazil. Since then I have studied the impact of grassroots and community-based activism on education policy in the following countries: South Africa, India and the United States of America. I have also published on related topics of the Right to Education and Children's Rights.

Languages

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Portuguese

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130302Comparative And Cross-Cultural Education40
160506Education Policy40
130308Gender, Sexuality And Education20

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I currently hold the position of Director, International for the School of Education (SOE). This position supports a range of international research and teaching activities within the SOE including the support of research collaborations and quality academic experiences for our international and domestic students. To learn more, please go to -- http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/faculties-and-schools/faculty-of-education-and-arts/school-of-education/international-profile

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Comparative Education
  • Education Policy Analysis
  • Gender and Development
  • Peace Education
  • Social Movements and Education

Teaching expertise

I currently teach:-

EDUC 6261 Comparative Education: Debates and Dilemma

EDUC 2103: Schooling, Identity and Society

EDUC 1008: Foundations of Education

My previous teaching experience has included courses on:-

Comparative and International Education

Education and International Development

Education for All and Global Education Policy Initiatives

Education Theory and Research Methods

Economic, social and cultural foundations of education

Education for Peace and Nonviolence

Gender, Education and Development

Social Movements in Education

The American School

Edit

Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Thapliyal N, Vally S, Spreen CA, '"Until We Get Up Again to Fight": Education Rights and Participation in South Africa', COMPARATIVE EDUCATION REVIEW, 57 212-231 (2013) [C1]
2012Thapliyal N, 'Unacknowledged rights and unmet obligations: An analysis of the 2009 Indian right to aducation act', Asia Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law, 13 65-90 (2012) [C1]

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Click on a category title below to expand the list of citations for that specific category.

Journal article (12 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Thapliyal N, 'The struggle for public education: Activist narratives from India', Postcolonial Directions in Education, 3 122-159 (2014)
2014Witcel E, 'A LITTLE BIT OF MY STORY IN THE LANDLESS STRUGGLE / Um pouquinho de minha historia de luta', Postcolonial Directions in Education, 3 57-62 (2014)
2014Witcel E, 'A LITTLE BIT OF MY STORY IN THE LANDLESS STRUGGLE / Um pouquinho de minha historia de luta', Postcolonial Directions in Education, 3 57-62 (2014)
2014Thapliyal N, 'LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE AND ACTIVISM: INTRODUCTION TO THE SPECIAL ISSUE / Conhecimento e ativismo', Postcolonial Directions in Education, 3 3-17 (2014)
2014Witcel E, 'A LITTLE BIT OF MY STORY IN THE LANDLESS STRUGGLE / Um pouquinho de minha historia de luta', Postcolonial Directions in Education, 3 57-62 (2014)
2014Witcel E, 'A LITTLE BIT OF MY STORY IN THE LANDLESS STRUGGLE / Um pouquinho de minha historia de luta', Postcolonial Directions in Education, 3 57-62 (2014)
2014Thapliyal N, Tarlau B, Moraes M, Witcel E, 'LEARNING, AND TRANSFORMATION: AN OVERVIEW OF EDUCATION WITHIN THE LANDLESS WORKERS¿ MOVEMENT IN BRAZIL/ Uma introdução ao MST', Postcolonial Directions in Education, 3 18-41 (2014)
2013Thapliyal N, Vally S, Spreen CA, '"Until We Get Up Again to Fight": Education Rights and Participation in South Africa', COMPARATIVE EDUCATION REVIEW, 57 212-231 (2013) [C1]
2013Thapliyal N, 'Reframing the public in public education: The Landless Workers Movement (MST) and adult education in Brazil', Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, 11 106-131 (2013) [C1]
2012Thapliyal N, 'Unacknowledged rights and unmet obligations: An analysis of the 2009 Indian right to aducation act', Asia Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law, 13 65-90 (2012) [C1]
2012Spreen CA, Vally S, Thapliyal N, 'The limits of post-apartheid education policy: Knowledge, power and community mobilization for education rights in South Africa', World Studies in Education, 13 51-65 (2012) [C1]
2007Klees S, Thapliyal N, 'The Right to Education: The work of Katerina Tomasevski', Comparative Education Review, 51 497-510 (2007) [C1]
Show 9 more

Review (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Thapliyal N, 'Book Review: The Real Cost of Prison Comix', Radical Teacher (2009) [D2]

Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Thapliyal N, 'Human capital is now politically fashionable: Can a rights-based education policy go wrong?', XV World Congress of Comparative Education Society, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013) [E3]
2013Thapliyal N, 'The Mobile Schools of the Landless Workers Movement, Brazil', Not applicable, Buenos Aires (2013)
2012Thapliyal N, ''Flowers one day, violence the next': Representations of mobile schools of the Landless Workers Movement (MST)', The 40th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES), Christchurch, NZ (2012) [E3]
Edit

Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$6,500

- Indicates that the researcher may be seeking students for this project.

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

2013 (2 grants)

Social movements for public education$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Nisha Thapliyal
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020132013
GNo:G1300967

XV Comparative Education World Congress 24-28 June 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Nisha Thapliyal
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300752
Edit

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.15

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142022PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorCrafting Queerness: Mobilised Queer in the Creative Artefacts of Brett Alexander
20142018PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorProviding Female Education to Empower Women and Develop Society in Remote Areas of Vietnam.
20122016PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorThe Construction and Reconstruction of Vietnamese National Culture: A study of University Curriculum Policy from 1986 to Present.
Edit

Dr Nisha Thapliyal

Work Phone(02) 49215648
Email
PositionLecturer
CIEGUN
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEducation
Office
HA 91,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/nisha-thapliyal