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Dr Will Brehm
707
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
Appointment
  • Lecturer in Education and International Development
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education
Role
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
Biography

Since 2006, I’ve worked in various education sectors across Asia. I taught advanced English in Taipei, Taiwan and served as an NGO Representative at United Nations headquarters in New York City for a Singapore-based NGO. I also spent two years in Cambodia working for a local NGO developing its research department.

I completed my Ph.D. in comparative education at the University of Hong Kong under the guidance of Mark Bray. After completing my Ph.D., I was awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral research fellowship in the Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo, Japan. I subsequently took up the post of Assistant Professor at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan). During my four years in Tokyo, I taught at Waseda’s Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, the University of Tokyo, Keio University, and Sophia University.

Despite my geographical focus in my research, my experience spans beyond Asia. I am currently the vice-president of the Tagore-SenGupta Foundation,  founding director of FreshEd, Inc., both US registered 501(c)3 non-profits, and was the associate editor of the journal European Education: Issues and Studies for nearly five years. I am also on the editorial boards of the journals Japanese Political Economy and Globalisation, Education, and Societies. Taken together, I have lived in eight countries since 2006 — the USA, Taiwan, Austria, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, and (presently) the United Kingdom.

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research interrogates the intersection of comparative and international education with international relations and the political economy of development, focused primarily in Southeast Asia. Some of my past and present research topics include educational privatization and shadow education in Cambodia; the construction of collective memory across the Mekong sub-region of Southeast Asia; and the history of human capital theory.

I also host the FreshEd Podcast. 

Teaching Summary

I teach on the MA in Educational Planning, Economics and International Development at the UCL Institute of Education. I am a module leader for "Planning for Education and Development," tutor on "Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues," and teach a session on "Understanding Educational Research: Education and International Development." 

I also teach on the Education Studies BA program where I am "International Development and Education" module leader.

Appointments
25-NOV-2019 Lecturer in Education and International Development Education, Practice and Society UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-APR-2017 – 10-NOV-2019 Assistant Professor Waseda Institute for Advanced Study Waseda University, Japan
30-SEP-2015 – 31-MAR-2017 JSPS Post Doctoral Research fellow Graduate School of Education The University of Tokyo, Japan
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