Dr Nisha Thapliyal

Lecturer

School of Education (Education)

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.

Research Expertise
My scholarship is centered around education policy analysis,social movements, human rights, 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. Recent and current research supervision projects include: (1) Higher education policy and nationalism in Vietnam (2) Education for ethnic minority women in Vietnam (3) Queering preservice teacher education (4) Deconstructing development and international volunteering I am interested in supervising research projects related to my research and theoretical interests (stated above) as well as in the following areas: *education and participatory democracy *gender and sexuality studies * race, ethnicity and indigenous studies * media studies *childhood studies * literacy and adult education * peace education * diversity and social justice education

Teaching Expertise
I currently teach courses on:- EDUC 6261 Comparative Education: Debates and Dilemma EDUC 4800: Global perspectives on education: Issues for Australian teachers EDUC 2103: Schooling, Identity and Society EDUC 1038: 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

Administrative Expertise
I currently hold two administrative positions: * 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 * Coordinator of Staff and Students Talking About Research (SSTAR). I coordinate research training and dissemination events for the School of Education research community. Weekly SSTAR events include a combination of research seminars, theory workshops and tutorials on student-nominated topics. The SoE also holds an SSTAR Conference once a semester where students and staff share and discuss their research projects in a collegial environment. Research and supervision resources are disseminated through the Blackboard SSTAR website.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Education Policy), University of Maryland - USA
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Madras
  • Master of Arts (Social Work), Tata Institute of Social Sciences - Mumbai - India

Keywords

  • Comparative Education
  • Education Policy Analysis
  • Gender and Development
  • Peace Education
  • Social Movements and Education
  • The Right to Education

Languages

  • Portuguese (Fluent)
  • Hindi (Fluent)

Fields of Research

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

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
2/07/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/06/2007 - 1/12/2011Assistant ProfessorColgate University, New York
Department of Educational Studies
United States
1/06/2006 - 1/05/2007Post-Doctoral ScholarUniversity of Maryland, College Park
School of Education
United States
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Thapliyal N, 'Privatised rights, segregated childhoods: A criical analysis of neoliberal education policy in India', Geographies of Children and Young People Series, Volume 7 Politics Citizenship and rights, Springer-Verlag Singapur, Singapore 1-13 (2015)

Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Thapliyal N, ''Let's hear how students feel ...': Representations of schooling on news television in India', Global Studies of Childhood, 5 87-99 (2015)
DOI10.1177/2043610615573382
2014Thapliyal N, 'The struggle for public education: Activist narratives from India', Postcolonial Directions in Education, 3 122-159 (2014) [C1]
2014Witcel E, Thapliyal N, '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) [C3]
2014Thapliyal N, 'LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE AND ACTIVISM: INTRODUCTION TO THE SPECIAL ISSUE / Conhecimento e ativismo', Postcolonial Directions in Education, 3 3-17 (2014) [C6]
2014Tarlau R, Moraes ZM, Witcel E, Thapliyal N, '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) [C1]
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]
DOI10.1086/669477Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2
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]
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]
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]
2007Klees S, Thapliyal N, 'The Right to Education: The work of Katerina Tomasevski', Comparative Education Review, 51 497-510 (2007) [C1]
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Review (1 outputs)

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

Conference (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Thapliyal N, 'The struggle for public education: Activist narratives from India', http://www.aare.edu.au/publications-database.php/9353/the-struggle-for-public-education-activist-narratives-from-india, Brisbane (2014) [E3]
2013Thapliyal N, 'Visible Rights, Invisible Children: Talking about education on TV', ANZCIES, Newcastle (2013)
2013Thapliyal N, 'Stories of struggle: the place of narrative analysis in social movement research.', XV World Congress of Comparative Education Society, Buenos Aires (2013)
2013Thapliyal N, 'The Mobile Schools of the Landless Workers Movement, Brazil', Not applicable, Buenos Aires (2013) [E3]
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]
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]
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Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Thapliyal N, 'Visible Rights, Invisible Children: Talking about education on TV', 41st Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES). Newcastle: 41st Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES) (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$12,500

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20151 grants / $5,000

"Violent, corrupt and absent": a case study of media representations of Indian school teachers$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Nisha Thapliyal
SchemeStrategic Networks Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500903
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20141 grants / $1,000

AARE-NZARE 2014, Brisbane Australia, 30 - 4 December 2014.$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Nisha Thapliyal
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1401014
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20132 grants / $6,500

Social movements for public education$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Nisha Thapliyal
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300967
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

XV Comparative Education World Congress 24-28 June 2013$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Nisha Thapliyal
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300752
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Providing Female Education to Empower Women and Develop Society in Remote Areas of Vietnam.
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014Crafting Queerness: Mobilised Queer in the Creative Artefacts of Brett Alexander
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012The Construction and Reconstruction of Vietnamese National Culture: A study of University Curriculum Policy from 1986 to Present.
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Nisha Thapliyal

Position

Lecturer
CIEGUN
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Education

Contact Details

Emailnisha.thapliyal@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 49215648

Office

RoomHA 91
Building Hunter Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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