Professor Maia Chankseliani

Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education, Department of Education


Professor Maia Chankseliani (EdM Harvard, PhD Cambridge) is Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education at the University of Oxford. She leads a flagship master’s course in Comparative and International Education and convenes the Comparative and International Education Research Group at the Department of Education.

Maia investigates societal, institutional, and policy forces that shape tertiary education and the potential of tertiary education and research for transforming societies. Her research has been inspired and supported by an accumulation of conceptual, empirical, and methodological resources that she has been developing throughout her career in academia, policy-making, non-profit sector, and international development.

Maia has worked on a number of externally funded research projects and consultancies involving the UK Government agencies responsible for education and skills, UKRI/ESRC, World Bank, British Council, Qatar Foundation, USAID, UNICEF, the European Commission. Maia is Associate Editor of International Journal of Educational Research. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Education and Development Forum (UKFIET).


  • Universities, society and economy
  • International/global higher education
  • International development higher education
  • International organisations and higher education
  • Higher education in Central Asia, Caucasus, Russia and Eastern Europe
  • International student mobility
  • Vocational education and apprenticeships

Media experience

Professor Maia Chankseliani has experience being interviewed and having research featured in a variety of media including print, online and broadcast, and as a contributor writing articles.


English (fluent), Georgian (native), Russian (intermediate)