-A +A

Maia Chankseliani

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

Maia Chankseliani is Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education at the Department of Education 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, the private sector, professional associations, trade unions, international donors, 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 research and consultancy assignments with non-profit, for-profit, and international organisations to examine, amongst other issues, apprenticeships policies and systems in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia; skills competitions, entrepreneurship, and private training provision in the UK; vocational education and training in the South Caucasus; public-private partnerships in education in Africa; teacher educators’ professional development in Pakistan; labour market demand in Georgia; civil service modernisation in Kazakhstan; and child labour in Ghana.

Maia is pathway leader for the MSc in Comparative and International Education.

She serves on the editorial boards of the following journals: Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Research in Comparative and International Education, and Cambridge Journal of Eurasian Studies. Maia is on the Educational Sciences Panel at the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia).

Graduate Supervision

Maia Chankseliani supervises DPhil students and welcomes informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics:

  • how and in what ways education and training contribute to inclusive economic growth and well-being for all in various international contexts;
  • how innovative research approaches can be used to develop nuanced insights into equitable access to quality post-secondary education and training (academic and vocational) and labour market for disadvantaged groups;
  • how resilient educational institutions/practices develop in low and middle income countries and how these cases can be used to for improving lifetime opportunities for all;
  • how economic, political, socio-cultural, and academic rationales of higher education internationalisation (inbound and outbound mobility, branch campuses, MOOCs) take shape and develop; and what are the implications of these developments for various actors, such as nation-states, universities, private recruitment firms, as well as individuals and their families.

Maia Chankseliani has a presence on Twitter (@MChankseliani @CIEatOxord), Linkedin and ResearchGate.


Funded projects

Principal Investigator –  Qatar Foundation Grant to undertake a comparative study of apprenticeships in Australia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Germany, India, and South Africa (2016-2018)

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 – Fell Fund Grant on (Im)mobility and global citizenship: A comparative investigation of student mobility from post-Soviet countries to the EU (2016)

Principal Investigator – Seed cord grant from the University of Oxford on International student mobility from Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia to the UK: the perspectives of the UK HE sector (2016)

Research Fellow – Developing and Understanding Vocational Excellence, funded by National Apprenticeship Service (BIS), University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2012-2015)

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)

Selected Publications

Chankseliani, M., Keep, E., & Wilde, S. (2017). People and policy: A comparative study of apprenticeship across eight national contexts (No. RR.9.2017). Doha, Qatar: World Innovation Summit for Education.

Chankseliani, M. (2017). Four rationales of HE internationalisation: perspectives of UK universities on attracting students from former Soviet countries. Journal of Studies in International Education, 22(1), 53–70

Chankseliani, M. (2017). Charting the Development of Knowledge on Soviet and Post-Soviet Education through the Pages of Comparative and International Education Journals. Comparative Education, 53(2), 265–283

Chankseliani, M., & James Relly, S. (2016). Three-capital approach to the study of young people who excel in vocational occupations: a case of WorldSkills competitors and entrepreneurship. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 3(2), 46–65

Chankseliani, M., James, S. and A. Laczic. (2016). Overcoming vocational prejudice: Can skills competitions improve the attractiveness of VET in Britain? British Journal of Educational Research, 42(4), 582–599

Chankseliani, M., & Hessel, G. (2016). Case studies of the most popular European destinations for mobile students from Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia (Research report). Oxford, UK: The Centre for Comparative and International Education, University of Oxford.

Chankseliani, M., & Hessel, G. (2016). International student mobility from Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia to the UK: trends, institutional rationales and strategies for student recruitment (Research report). Oxford, UK: The Centre for Comparative and International Education, University of Oxford.

Chankseliani, M., & James Relly, S. (2015). From the provider-led to an employer-led system: implications of apprenticeship reform on the private training market. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 67(4), 515–528.

Chankseliani, M. (2015). Escaping homelands with limited employment and tertiary education opportunities: Outbound student mobility from post-Soviet countries. Population, Space and Place, 22(3), 301–316.

Chankseliani, M., James, S. and K. Mayhew. (2015). WorldSkills competitors and entrepreneurship: A Report to the Skills Funding Agency. Oxford, UK: University of Oxford.

Chankseliani, M. (2014) 'Georgia: Marketization and education post-1991', in N. Ivanenko (ed.) Education in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Bloomsbury Academic

Meyer, H.-D., St. John, E. P., Chankseliani, M., & Uribe, L. (2013). 'The Crisis of Higher Education Access - A Crisis of Justice,' in H.-D. Meyer, E. P. St. John, M. Chankseliani, & L. Uribe (eds.), Fairness in Access to Higher Education in a Global Perspective: Reconciling Excellence, Efficiency, and Justice (pp. 1–9). Rotterdam: SENSE Publisher

Chankseliani, M. (2013). Rural disadvantage in Georgian higher education admissions: A mixed-methods study. Comparative Education Review, 57(3), 424–456. doi:10.1086/670739 Open access to the publisher copy

Chankseliani, M. (2013) 'Higher Education Access in Post-Soviet Georgia: Overcoming a Legacy of Corruption', in H.-D. Meyer, E. P. St. John, M. Chankseliani, & L. Uribe (eds.), Fairness in Access to Higher Education in a Global Perspective: Reconciling Excellence, Efficiency, and Justice (pp.171-187). Rotterdam: SENSE Publisher

Chankseliani, M. (2013). Financial burden of university attendance in Georgia: Implications for rural students. Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education,  43 (3), 311-328. doi: 10.1007/s11125-013-9274-x [This article has been translated into Chinese] Open access to the accepted author manuscript

Chankseliani, M. (2013). Spatial Inequities in Higher Education Admissions in Georgia: Likelihood of Choosing and Gaining Access to Prestigious Higher Education Institutions Caucasus Social Science Review, 1(1) [This article has been translated into Georgian]