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

Dr Robin Shields

Dr Robin Shields

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Leading Refereed Journal Papers
Other Outputs


Job Title:

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) 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 focuses on the globalization of education, using a sociological approach to study global trends in policy and practice. My recent research has investigated flows of international students in higher education, social media networks between universities, the relationship between education and inequality, and education in conflict-affected and fragile states. I am particularly interested in the application of new methodologies to these topics, with recent papers using social network analysis and multilevel modelling.

I hold a PhD in Education from UCLA, and my research has been funded by the Higher Education Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the European Commission, and the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs. I am also a co-editor of the Comparative Education Review and received the George Bereday Award for the most outstanding article in the journal in 2013. I am a member of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

At the University of Bath, I am Director of Studies for the DBA in Higher Education Management. This is an interdisciplinary professional doctorate for managers and administrators in higher education institutions. It has an extremely international composition with candidates in senior positions in many universities worldwide. I also teach on the University's Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice and supervise theses on the Education Doctorate (EdD) programme.


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Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Shields, R. 2016. Reconsidering regionalisation in global higher education: student mobility spaces of the European Higher Education Area. Compare. 46 (1), 5-23.

Shields, R. A. & Paulson, J. 2015. 'Development in reverse'?: A longitudinal analysis of armed conflict, fragility and school enrolment. Comparative Education. 51 (2), 212-230.

Shields, R . 2015. Following the leader? Network models of “world-class” universities on Twitter. Higher Education. 71(2), 253-268.

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

Maine, F. & Shields, R. 2015. Developing reading comprehension with moving image narratives. Cambridge Journal of Education . 45 (4), 519-535.

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.