Centre of Excellence for


International Studies in Widening Participation

International Studies in Widening Participation aims to encourage critical debate about educational issues of international interest and significance. Contributions provide novel insights about specific or local issues in the context of wider concerns and discourses about widening educational participation across the globe.

The journal is a collaborative effort by the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre and the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia.


Articles critically engage with and extend current research about widening participation in education in the context of wider issues, trends or theoretical debates. The journal is inter-disciplinary and international and welcomes articles that span a wide range of issues including, but not limited to:

  • Inclusive pedagogies, curricula and practices,
  • Outreach, access and equity,
  • Policies and practice,
  • Transition and retention,
  • Online learning and learning spaces,
  • engagement and belonging; and
  • praxis and methodological issues.

The journal welcomes different approaches, methodologies, styles of writing and innovative formats. Papers:

  • Engage audiences across different disciplines and professions, as well as different nations,
  • Critically engage with and extend current research,
  • Focus on providing clear concepts and terminology and explicate their meaning and context; and
  • Provide theoretical or methodological rigour, appropriate to focus, approach and genre.

Volume of Publication

International Studies in Widening Participation aims to publish two volumes per year. An author can only publish or be part of one paper per volume. The volume of papers can be found at the journal website.


Our editorial team is led by Dr Anna Bennett from the University of Newcastle, Australia and includes leading experts in the widening participation field from around the globe.

Dr Anna Bennett
The University of Newcastle
Email: Anna.Bennett@newcastle.edu.au

Editorial Board

  • Professor Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Professor Gail Whiteford, former Pro-Vice Chancellor Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Professor Geoff Whitty, Global Innovation Chair for Equity in Higher Education, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Dr Elana Curtis, Senior Lecturer Medical at Te Kupenga Hauora Maori, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Professor John Richardson, Professor in Student Learning & Assessment, Open University, UK
  • Dr Marieke Meeuwisse, Assistant Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Professor Terrell Strayhorn, Director, Center for Higher Education Research & Policy, The Ohio State University, USA
  • Associate Professor Tony Chambers, Director of the Centre for the Study of Students in Postsecondary Education, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Professor Chika MT Sehoole, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Associate Professor Atia Apusigah, University for Development Studies, Ghana
  • Dr Yussra Jamjoom, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Business and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • Professor Luis Armando Gandin, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Professor Liang Du, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, China
  • Professor Jwala Prasad Pachauri, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, India
  • Professor Lee Wing-on, National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • Professor Lynn Ilon, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Associate Professor Anjeela Jokhan, Dean, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands
  • Dr Eka Srimulyani, The Islamic State University of Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh, Indonesia