Department of Education

Professor Catherine Montgomery

Specialist in internationalisation in higher education

Catherine Montgomery

Professor of Education
Director of Studies EdD

1 West North 4.4
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3919


I am Professor of Education in the Department of Education and joined the University of Bath in October 2016. Both my research and teaching career have largely focused on international higher education and I have developed a particular interest in international and transnational higher education in China and Vietnam. I am also interested in the developing and intensifying inequalities in globalised higher education. I have led and collaborated on international and comparative research projects in Denmark, Mexico and Vietnam (funded by a range of sources including the ESRC, the British Council and the Society for Research in Higher Education). I work closely with Tec de Monterrey in Mexico on the role of dialogic STEM education in addressing social and cultural disadvantage.

Before coming to Bath I have held research and teaching roles at the universities of Hull, Northumbria, Essex and Newcastle. For four years I was Professor of International Higher Education at the University of Hull where I co-founded the East Asia Research Collaboration Network and the Freedom to Learn project. Prior to this, I was Research Director for the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, focusing on Assessment for Learning at Northumbria University. This 5-year project centred on autonomy in learning and the balance between high-stakes testing and formative assessment in Higher Education.

I am currently Deputy Editor for the Journal of Education for Teaching.

Research interests

  • Transnational and international higher education in China
  • Internationalisation strategy and policy in higher education in Vietnam
  • The role of dialogic STEM education in addressing disadvantage in Mexico and the UK
  • Autonomy, freedom and the influence of assessment on inequalities in education
  • The experience of international students in higher education



Montgomery, C., 2015. Transnational and Transcultural Positionality in Globalised Higher Education. Routledge.

Sambell, K., McDowell, L. and Montgomery, C., 2013. Assessment for Learning in Higher Education. Routledge.

Clifford, V. and Montgomery, C., 2011. Moving towards internationalisation of the curriculum for Global Citizenship in Higher Education. Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development.

Montgomery, C., 2010. Understanding the International Student Experience. Palgrave Macmillan UK. (Universities into the 21st Century)

Book Sections

Hope, M. A. and Montgomery, C., 2016. Creating Spaces for Autonomy: The Architecture of Learning and Thinking in Danish Schools and Universities. In: Lees, H. E. and Noddings, N., eds. The Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education. Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 305-319.

Montgomery, C., 2012. Future curriculum for future graduates? Rethinking higher education curriculum for a globalised world. In: Ryan, J., ed. Cross cultural teaching and learning for home and international students. London: Routledge.

Montgomery, C., 2011. Developing perceptions of interculturality:A troublesome space? In: Preisler, B., Klitgard, I. and Fabricius, A., eds. Language and Learning in the International University. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, pp. 59-75.

Montgomery, C. and Clifford, V., 2011. Research in internationalisation of the curriculum for global citizenship:where do we stand? In: Clifford, V. and Montgomery, C., eds. Moving towards internationalisation of the curriculum for Global Citizenship in Higher Education. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, pp. 121-140.

Hou, J., Montgomery, C. and McDowell, L., 2011. Transition in Chinese – British Higher Education Articulation Programmes:Closing the Gap between East and West? In: Ryan, J., ed. China’s higher education reform and internationalisation. London: Routledge.

Montgomery, C., 2008. Global futures, global communities? The role of culture, language and communication in an internationalised university. In: Haberland, H., Mortensen, J., Fabricius, A., Preisler, B., Risager, K. and Kjærbeck, S., eds. Higher Education in the Global Village. Roskilde University, Department of Culture and Identity.


Clifford, V. and Montgomery, C., 2017. Designing an internationationalised curriculum for higher education:embracing the local and the global citizen. Higher Education Research and Development, 36 (6), pp. 1138-1151.

Montgomery, C. and Hope, M., 2016. Thinking the yet to be thought: envisioning autonomous and alternative pedagogies for socially just education. Forum, 58 (3), pp. 307-314.

Montgomery, C., 2016. Transnational partnerships in higher education in China: The diversity and complexity of elite strategic alliances. London Review of Education, 14 (1), pp. 70-85.

Caruana, V. and Montgomery, C., 2015. Understanding the transnational higher education landscape: Shifting positionality and the complexities of partnership. Learning and Teaching, 8 (1), pp. 5-29.

Clifford, V. and Montgomery, C., 2014. Transformative learning through internationalization of the curriculum in higher education. Journal of Transformative Learning, 13 (1), 46–64.

Hou, J., Montgomery, C. and Mcdowell, L., 2014. Exploring the diverse motivations of transnational higher education in China: complexities and contradictions. Journal of Education for Teaching, 40 (3), pp. 300-318.

Montgomery, C., 2014. Transnational and transcultural positionality in globalised higher education. Journal of Education for Teaching, 40 (3), pp. 198-203.

Clifford, V. and Montgomery, C., 2014. Challenging conceptions of western higher education and promoting graduates as global citizens:Promoting Graduates as Global Citizens. Higher Education Quarterly, 68 (1), pp. 28-45.

Montgomery, C. and McDowell, L., 2009. Social networks and the international student experience:An international community of practice? Journal of Studies in International Education, 13 (4), pp. 455-466.

Montgomery, C., 2009. A Decade of Internationalisation:Has it influenced students’ views of cross-cultural group work at university? Journal of Studies in International Education, 13 (2), pp. 256-270.

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