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Maia Chankseliani

BA, MA (Tbilisi State); MA (Warwick); EdM (Harvard); PhD (Camb)

Maia Chankseliani is Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education at OUDE and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall.

She brings to this role experience of research, teaching, policy-making, management, and consultancy in different international contexts.

Maia completed her BA in English Philology at Tbilisi State University in her native Georgia. Following a few years of teaching and adult education management at a local non-profit, she moved to the United States to study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Maia later returned to Georgia to lead the vocational education and training sector at the Ministry of Education and Science. The policy-making career in a developing country context involved close collaborations with education and training providers, professional associations, trade unions, donor communities, other government agencies, as well as learners of different age groups. Professional experiences of teaching, working in the non-profit and government sectors helped Maia realise that academic research and teaching interested her most. This decision led her to the University of Cambridge where she completed her PhD under the supervision of Christopher Colclough on spatial inequalities in university access in post-Soviet Georgia.

At different times, Maia worked on consultancy assignments with non-profit, for-profit, and international organisations to examine, amongst other issues, public-private partnerships in Africa, teacher educators’ professional development in Pakistan, labour market demand in Georgia, civil service modernisation in Kazakhstan, and child labour in Ghana.

As a post-doctoral fellow at OUDE and a Junior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College, Maia did research on post-secondary education policies and practices in the UK, that included studies on benefits of skills competitions, entrepreneurial pursuits of young people who achieved excellence in vocational professions, apprenticeship reform and private training provision.

Maia teaches a core course Comparative and International Education: an overview of the field and leads sessions in Foundations of Educational Research for MSc Education (Comparative and International Education) students. Maia also convenes Foundations of Educational Research for all MSc in Education students.

Graduate Supervision

Maia supervises graduate students and would welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics:

  • Marketisation/privatisation of education and training in the UK and internationally
  • Student mobility and how it is influenced by perceptions of quality, affordability, accessibility, and reputation of higher education institutions at home and abroad
  • Equal access to quality education in post-Soviet countries
  • Spatial inequalities in access to quality education and training in the UK and internationally
  • Competing theories of social justice and how these theories are manifested in different education and training systems and practices


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Book chapters

Research Project Reports


Other publications

Recent presentations

  • Chankseliani, M. (2016). Student mobility from post-Soviet countries: Kazakhstan in the regional context. Newton – Al-Farabi Researcher Links Workshop. Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Chankseliani, M (2016). Charting the Development of Knowledge on Soviet and Post-Soviet Education through the Pages of CIE Journals: Six Decades of Comparative & International Education. The 60th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Vancouver, Canada.
  • James Relly, S., Chankseliani, M., Allen, J. and S. Wilde (2015). Panel on Developing and Understanding Vocational Excellence: Evidence from the WorldSkills Competition. International VET Conference Crossing Boundaries in Vocational Education and Training: Innovative Concepts for the 21st Century. Bremen, Germany.
  • Chankseliani, M (2015). Escaping homelands with limited employment and tertiary education opportunities: Outbound student mobility from post-Soviet countries. The 59th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Washington DC, USA
  • Chankseliani, M. (2015). WorldSkills competitors and entrepreneurship: strengths and limitations of the study design, data analysis, and findings. Qual Hub, Department of Education, University of Oxford
  • Chankseliani, M. and S. James (2014). Overcoming vocational prejudice: Can skills competitions improve the attractiveness of vocational education and training in the UK? European Educational Research Association, Porto, Portugal
  • Chankseliani, M (2014). Are we using Friedman’s roadmap? A comparative analysis of stimuli of private school enrolments in post-Soviet countries. Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE) XXVI Conference: Governing Educational Spaces, Freiburg, Germany
  • Chankseliani, M (2014). Stimuli of private school enrolments: Comparative trends in post-Soviet countries. The 58th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Toronto, Canada
  • Chankseliani, M. (2013). What do we know about private school enrolments in post-Soviet countries? The 12th UKFIET International Conference, the University of Oxford, UK
  • Chankseliani, M. (2013). Stimuli of privatisation of schooling in post-Soviet countries. Business and Education Roundtable Conference. On the Threshold of Change: Shifting Paradigms in Education. The For-Profit Challenge, the University of Oxford, UK
  • Laczik, A., Chankseliani, M. and S. James. (2013). Benefits of Skills Competitions: Views and Experiences of World Skills Competitors from the UK. The European Conference on Educational Research, Istanbul, Turkey
  • James, S. and M. Chankseliani. (2013). Can skills competitions help to raise the attractiveness of VET?  SKOPE Public Policy Forum, Oxford UK: University of Oxford.
  • James, S., Chankseliani, M., Holmes C. and A. Laczik. (2013). Workplace learning environments and vocational excellence. Journal of Vocational Education and Training 10th International Conference, Oxford, UK
  • Chankseliani, M. (2013). Higher Education access in Post-Soviet Georgia: Overcoming a Legacy of Corruption. The 57th annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, New Orleans, USA
  • Chankseliani, M. (2013). Marketisation of Education in Georgia: Equitable Access to Quality Education. The 57th annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, New Orleans, USA
  • Chankseliani, M. (2012). Financial Burden of University Attendance for Rural Students in Georgia: Issues of Equality and Fairness. The 56th annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Chankseliani, M. (2012). Spatial inequities in higher education admissions in Georgia: Likelihood of choosing and gaining access to prestigious higher education institutions. Development and Security: Evidence Based Social Research in Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Chankseliani, M. (2011). Geography of Educational Winners and Losers: A Window on Georgian HE Access Reality. The XII ESCAS Biennial Conference Central Asia: A Maturing Field, Cambridge, UK
  • Chankseliani, M. (2011). Spatial Inequalities in Higher Education Access: The Case of Georgia. The 11th UKFIET International Conference, the University of Oxford, UK
  • Chankseliani, M. (2011). A Mixed-methods Study of Higher Education Access in Georgia: Equal Treatment of Unequal People. The 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society at McGill University, Canada
  • Chankseliani, M. (2011). Rural-urban Inequalities in Georgian HE Access. The Open Society Foundations Conference at London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • Chankseliani, M. (2011). From Villagers’ Failure to City-dwellers’ Success: Mixed-methods Study of Spatial Inequalities in Georgian HE Access. The Oxford University Department of Education conference STORIES, the University of Oxford, UK
  • Chankseliani, M. (2008). VET qualifications system development in Georgia. The 18th EURASHE General Assembly and Annual Conference on Qualifications in a Quality Assurance Culture: Moving Bologna and Copenhagen towards a lifelong and Europe-wide response to employability, Malta
  • Chankseliani, M. (2008). Labour market participation of  youth in Georgia. Official Bologna Seminar on Employability: The Employers’ Perspective and its Implications,  Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxembourg
  • Chankseliani, M. (2008). Opening address on the National Qualifications System Development. European Training Foundation NQF Regional Workshop for Caucasus Countries, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Chankseliani, M. (2008). Vocational education and training system in Georgia. The Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) 32nd Annual Conference The Global Community College: Strategies for Success, Long Beach, CA, USA

Funded research projects

Principal Investigator - Qatar Foundation Grant to prepare a report to be presented at World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) 2017 on Who pays and who trains? A comparative study of apprenticeship systems across different national contexts (2016-2017)

Principal Investigator - Newton - Al-Farabi / British Council Grant under the Researcher Links (UK) in collaboration with Nazarbayev University. Escaping the Exclusion or Sustaining the Privilege? A Complex Reality of Student Mobility from Kazakhstan (2016)

Principal Investigator - (Im)mobility and global citizenship: A comparative investigation of student mobility from post-Soviet countries to the EU (University of Oxford Fell Fund Scheme) (2016)

Principal Investigator - International student mobility from Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia to the UK: the perspectives of the UK HE sector (University of Oxford Department of Education Grant) (2016)

Research Fellow - Developing and Understanding Vocational Excellence, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2015)

Researcher - project examining frameworks, theories, policies and practices of teacher educators’ professional development, Education Development Centre, Washington DC, USA (2012)

Principal Investigator - European Commission DG of Education & Culture project on External evaluation of the European Training Foundation (ETF) project on vocational education & training in Georgia, The Public Policy and Management Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania (2011)

Researcher - USAID and the World Cocoa Foundation project ECHOES (Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Educational Solutions), International Initiative to End Child Labor, Washington DC, USA (2010-2011)