Department of Education

Dr Michelle Jones

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Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6838


Dr  Michelle Suzette Jones is recognized internationally as an expert in educational leadership, professional learning and blended/flipped learning. Before taking up her most recent academic post at the University of Bath, she was Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya, where she led on Academic Development and Internationalization.
Dr Jones' commitment to educational excellence has driven her entire career. In 2008 she was seconded to the Welsh Government, UK as an Education Adviser and co led the national implementation of the ‘Professional Learning Communities’ programme involving every school in Wales. She has been an Education consultant for the World Bank since 2010 contributing to several research and development projects, assisting school improvement in challenging circumstances in various regions in Russia.
Most recently, she has been working with government agencies in England, Russia, Singapore, Australia, and Malaysia assisting with the design and delivery of their leadership and professional learning programmes. Dr Jones is a Research Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Education and a Senior Research Fellow at the National Research University, Moscow Higher School of Economics.

Research interests

  • Educational Leadership
  • School and System Management
  • Leadership in South East Asia
  • Professional Learning
  • Blended & Flipped Learning

Current projects

  • 7 System Leadership Project (2012- 2017) funded by the University of Malaya (PI)
  • Instructional Leadership in Malaysia (2016-18) funded by the The Education University of Hong Kong (PI)
  • School Effectiveness and Improvement with Universities of Southampton, Glasgow and Swansea (CoI)
  • Leading School Turnaround in Indonesia and Malaysia (2016-17) funded by the Head Foundation, Singapore (PI)



Harris, A., Jones, M. and Huffman, J., 2017. Teachers Leading Educational Reform:The Power of Professional Learning Communities Routledge, London. Routledge.

Harris, A. and Jones, M. S., 2015. Leading Futures:Global Perspectives on Educational Leadership. Sage Publications.

Harris, A. and Jones, M., 2011. Professional Learning Communities in Action. LEANNTA.

Book Sections

Harris, A., Kasprzhak, A., Jones, M. and Isaeva, N., 2017. Managing to Lead? Contemporary Perspectives on Principals’ Practices in Russia. In: Waite, D. and Bogotch, I., eds. The Wiley International Handbook of Educational Leadership. USA: Wiley-Blackwell, 397 - 413.

Harris, A. and Jones, M., 2017. The Dutch Way:reflections, lessons and future directions. In: The Dutch Way in Education:. Netherlands: De Brink Foundation.

Jones, M., 2016. A case study of blended learning in higher education in Malaysia:flipped, flopped or forgotten? In: Cermakova, K. and Rotschedl, J., eds. Proceedings of the 3rd Teaching & Education Conference - Barcelona, 2016. Prague, Czech Republic: International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences (IISES), pp. 132-137.


Harris, A. and Jones, M., 2017. Leading professional learning:putting teachers at the centre. School Leadership & Management, 37 (4), pp. 331-333.

Harris, A. and Jones, M., 2017. Middle leaders matter:reflections, recognition, and renaissance. School Leadership & Management, 37 (3), pp. 213-216.

Harris, A., Jones, M., Cheah, K. S. L., Devadason, E. and Adams, D., 2017. Exploring Principals’ Instructional Leadership Practices in Malaysia:Insights and Implications. Journal of Educational Administration, 55 (2), pp. 207-221.

Harris, A. and Jones, M., 2017. Leadership in turbulent times:A moment to pause? School Leadership and Management, 37 (1-2), pp. 1-2.

Harris, A. and Jones, M., 2017. Professional Learning Communities:A Strategy for School and System Improvement? Wales Journal of Education, 19 (1), pp. 16-38.

Adams, D., Harris, A. and Jones, M., 2016. Teacher-Parent Collaboration for an Inclusive Classroom: Success for Every Child. The Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Science, 4 (3), pp. 58-71.

Harris, A., Jones, M. and Adams, D., 2016. Qualified to lead? A comparative, contextual and cultural view of educational policy borrowing. Educational Research, 58 (2), pp. 166-178.

Spillane, J. P., Harris, A., Jones, M. and Mertz, K., 2015. Opportunities and challenges for taking a distributed perspective:novice school principals' emerging sense of their new position. British Educational Research Journal, 41 (6), pp. 1068-1085.

Miao, Z., Reynolds, D., Harris, A. and Jones, M., 2015. Comparing performance:a cross-national investigation into the teaching of mathematics in primary classrooms in England and China. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 35 (3), pp. 392-403.

Jones, M., Adams, D., Hwee Joo, M. T., Muniandy, V., Perera, C. J. and Harris, A., 2015. Contemporary challenges and changes:principals' leadership practices in Malaysia. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 35 (3), pp. 353-365.

Harris, A. and Jones, M., 2015. Transforming education systems:comparative and critical perspectives on school leadership. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 35 (3), pp. 311-318.

Harris, A., Adams, D., Jones, M. S. and Muniandy, V., 2015. System effectiveness and improvement:the importance of theory and context. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 26 (1), pp. 1-3.

Bysik, N., Evstigneeva, N., Isaeva, N., Kukso, K., Harris, A. and Jones, M., 2015. A missing link? Contemporary insights into principal preparation and training in Russia. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 35 (3), pp. 331-341.

Harris, A., Jones, M. S., Adams, D., Perera, C. J. and Sharma, S., 2014. High-Performing Education Systems in Asia:Leadership Art meets Implementation Science. Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 23 (4), pp. 861-869.

Jones, M. and Harris, A., 2014. Principals leading successful organisational change:Building social capital through disciplined professional collaboration. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 27 (3), pp. 473-485.

Harris, A., Jones, M. and Baba, S., 2013. Distributed leadership and digital collaborative learning:A synergistic relationship? British Journal of Educational Technology, 44 (6), pp. 926-939.

Harris, A., Jones, M., Sharma, S. and Kannan, S., 2013. Leading educational transformation in Asia:Sustaining the knowledge society. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 33 (2), pp. 212-221.

Harris, A. and Jones, M., 2010. Professional learning communities and system improvement. Improving Schools, 13 (2), pp. 172-181.

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