• The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Ren-Hao Xu is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia. Ren-Hao is committed to exploring cross-cultural and international dynamics in his academic career, which informs his research and teaching practices. His research centres around comparative education, critical policy studies, higher education and equity. His recent work, focusing on Australia and Taiwan, aims to address two interconnected questions. First, how has the idea of widening student participation as a globalising education policy been transformed into governance systems to accommodate student places across universities? Second, how have historically and contemporarily socio-political processes shaped the everyday practices of universities as they engage with student access and recruitment?

With a robust international background and network, he has served in numerous roles worldwide, including a visiting fellow at Sciences Po and a visiting researcher at the Finnish National Agency for Education.

He welcomes supervision inquiries from potential students who share his research interests, including but not limited to:

  • Higher education
  • Global education policies
  • Comparative and international education
  • Sociology of education


English: Proficient

Mandarin Chinese: Native

Minnan: Intermediate

French: Beginner

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Comparative and International Education, PhD, University of Sydney

Oct 2018Sept 2022

Educational Policy and Administration, Master of Education, National Taiwan Normal University

Feb 2014Jan 2016

Industry keywords

  • Education
  • Government

Research expertise keywords

  • Higher education
  • Comparative Education/ International Education
  • Education policy and practices
  • Foucault
  • Politics and Society


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