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Prof. Lebeau teaches qualitative research methods as well as international higher education policies and educational management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Yann also contributes to post-graduate research training workshops (policy analysis, qualitative data analysis). He was the course director of the Masters in Education at UEA until 2013 and the Associate Dean for postgradaute research in Social Sciences between 2013 and 2018. He currently supervises both PhD and EdD students working on a range of educational policies in the UK and internationally.
Preferred area of research supervision:
Higher Education Global Governance
Education Policy Transfers
Higher Education and Development
Yann Lebeau is Professor of Higher Education Research, and Head of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. He joined the School in 2007 after holding teaching and research positions in France (Brest, Bordeaux), in Nigeria (Ibadan) and at the UK's Open University. His research interests are in the sociology of higher education communities and where higher education, policy and social change intersect. He has done extensive empirical research on the University/society nexus and on questions of international policy transfers, internationalisation, academic mobility, in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and in Europe. Yann is a member of several education and development research networks. He has been involved for 20 years in desgining and supporting research training and research capacity building worldwide, notably with the Open Society Foundations and with the Council for the Development of Social Sciences in Africa (CODESRIA).
Yann has been teaching and supervising on both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes of the School. Alongside his involvement in the School's leadership and management as Chair of the Ethics committee (2009-11) deputy head of school (2010-13), leader of the higher education research group (since 2010), course director of the Masters in Education (2011-13), and Director of Research (2018-20), Yann has been a member of the University senate (2010-1013) and was Associate Dean with responsibility for the Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate School from 2013 to 2018.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
Internationalization of Higher Education
Comparative perspectives on university governance
Higher Education policies in the Global South
Yann Lebeau is currently finalising proejcts and papers on the impact of policy transfers on the governance of public universities in Saudi Arabia (with Jaber Alruwaili, Jouf University), and on the drivers of expansion of Higher Education in Africa (with Ibrahim Oanda, CODESRIA as part of the UNRISD programme on Universities and Social Inequalities in the Global South).
Yann is also working with Etienne Gerard (CEPED, Université de Paris) on a historical analysis of international mobility patterns of Mexican academics. This study is an offshoot of the large international study of Mexican academic and scientific mobility (ROMAC) led by Rocio Grediaga (UAM), supported by a grant from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), and completed in 2017. Yann coordinated the data collection in the UK for ROMAC as well as contributing to the design of the qualitativel analytical framework for the study of destination choices. The ROMAC book was published (in Spanish) in December 2019 by the Mexican publisher Siglo XXI.
Other completed research collaborative projects include the ESRC-NRF network programme and book led by Jenni Case and Paul Ashwin on Higher Education Pathways: South African Undergraduate Education and the Public Good (published December 2018); a study with Vassiliki Papatsiba (University of Sheffield) shedding new light on the interactions between research policies, institutional strategies and academic practice from a sociological perspective. Findings from this research have been presented at various European conferences (ECER 2012, SRHE 2012, CHER 2013) and were published in 2015 by the European Educational Research Journal.
Previous research projects in the UK looked at the Social and Organizational Mediations of University Learning (ESRC-TLRP project), and at Regional perspectives on the role of higher education institutions in social transformation (ESRC-Funded). These collaborative projects generated a number of publications and presentations, including the books Improving What is learned at university (2010) which was awarded a prize by the Society for Educational Studies in November 2011; and The University in Its Place: Social and Cultural Perspectives on the Regional Role of Universities co-authored with John Brennan, Allan Cochrane and Ruth William (Springer 2018).
Yann is a member of several education and development research networks, and a member of the editorial boards of Policy Reviews in Higher Education and of the British Journal of Sociology of Education. He was editor of the Journal of Higher Education in Africa (CODESRIA) until December 2011. He initiated and is coordinating a research group in EDU on Higher Education Research (RHES) which meets bimonthly and organises seminars in UEA.
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Convergence and local orders in the dynamics of change in higher education: a perspective from Saudi ArabiaLebeau, Y. & Alruwaili, J., 7 Apr 2021, In : Policy Reviews in Higher Education. 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile
Higher Education Expansion and Social Inequalities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Conceptual and Empirical PerspectivesLebeau, Y. & Oanda, I. O., 5 Oct 2020, 2020 ed., Geneva: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), 32 p.
Research output: Working paperOpen AccessFile10 Downloads (Pure)
Preschool strategies among the Saudi middle classes: mobilising capitals, negotiating cultural arbitraries and anticipating changeMaryam Alharthi, M. & Lebeau, Y., 14 Jan 2020, In : Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Lebeau, Y., 29 Jul 2019, Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions. Teixeira, P., Shin, J. C., Amaral, A., Bernasconi, A., Magalhaes, A., Kehm, B. M., Stensaker, B., Choi, E., Balbachevsky, E., Hunter, F., Goastellec, G., Mohamedbhai, G., de Wit, H., Valimaa, J., Rumbley, L., Unangst, L., Klemencic, M., Langa, P., Yang, R. & Nokkala, T. (eds.). Springer
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
International perspectives on equality of higher education opportunities: models and strategies for accessibility and availabilityCarpentier, V., Lebeau, Y. & Välimaa, J., Dec 2018, Higher Education Pathways: South African Undergraduate Education and the Public Good. Ashwin, P. & Case, J. M. (eds.). Cape Town: African Minds
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)Open Access