University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Dr Robin Shields

Dr Robin Shields

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Job Title:

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Higher Education Management; Director of Studies: Doctorate of Business Administration in Higher Education Management

Affiliated Research Centre:

International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM)


Strategy & Organisation

Key Research Interests:

Higher education, globalization, international development, social network analysis, quantitative methods

Research Interests

My research analyses the globalization of higher education with a focus on the intersection of higher education, knowledge production and economic trade. I am particularly interested in applying innovative quantitative research methods; for example my published research has used social network analysis to examine how changing flows of international student mobility can be used to better understand the globalization of higher education as well regional integration initiatives such as the European Higher Education Area. My more recent work has analysed social media communication between elite higher education institutions using exponential random graph models, a new method of statistical models for network data. I have also published research in the field of international education more widely, with a particular focus on education, international development, and armed conflict, building upon my doctoral work in Nepal.

My research has been funded by the Higher Education Academy, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and has received the George Bereday Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. I am director of studies for the DBA in Higher Education Management and supervise research students undertaking work on higher education.


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Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Shields, R. A. & Paulson, J. Forthcoming. 'Development in reverse'?: A longitudinal analysis of armed conflict, fragility and school enrolment. Comparative Education.

Shields, R. Forthcoming. Reconsidering regionalisation in global higher education: student mobility spaces of the European Higher Education Area. Compare.

Shields, R. A. 2013. Globalization and international student mobility: A network analysis. Comparative Education Review, 57(4): 609-636.

Shields, R. 2011. ICT or I see tea? Modernity, technology and education in Nepal. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 9(1): 85-97.

Shields, R. 2009. The landlocked island : Information access and communications policy in Nepal. Telecommunications Policy, 33(3-4): 207-214.


Shields, R. A., 2013. Globalization and International Education. London: Bloomsbury Academic. (Contemporary Issues in Education Studies).

Other Outputs

Shields, R . 2015. Following the leader? Network models of “world-class” universities on Twitter. Higher Education.

Maine, F. & Shields, R. Forthcoming. Developing reading comprehension with moving image narratives. Cambridge Journal of Education .

Paulson, J. & Shields, R. 2015. Conflict-Fragility-Education: Issues in Conceptualization and Measurement. In Z. Gross and L. Davies (Eds.), The Contested Role of Education in Conflict and Fragility: 45-62. Sense Publishers.

Ladwig, J. G., Rees, G. and Shields, R. 2014. New managerialism in education : Commercialization, carelessness and gender. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 35 (4): 615-625. Routledge.

Paulson, J. & Shields, R. A. 2013. Education in emergencies post-2015: Insights from quantitative research. Compare, 43(6): 809-813.

Shields, R. A., 2013. Globalisation and the knowledge economy. In S. Ward (Ed), A Student's Guide to Education Studies: 97-104. Abingdon: Routledge.

Shields, R. A. & Edwards, R. 2010. Student mobility and emerging hubs in global higher education. In L. Portnoi, V. Rust, and S. Bagley (Eds.), Higher Education, Policy and the Global Competition Phenomenon: 235-248. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (International and Development Education Series).

► older publications

Shields, R. & Rappleye, J. 2008. Uneven terrain: Educational policy and equity in Nepal. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 28(3): 265-276.

Shields, R. & Rappleye, J. 2008. Differentiation, development, and (dis)integration: Education in Nepal's "people's war". Research in Comparative and International Education, 3(1): 91-102.