Simon Marginson

Professor of Higher Education


Professor Marginson is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, and Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education. He researches global and international higher education, higher education in East Asia, and higher education and social inequality. He also prepares reports and commentary in relation to education policy. He is currently working on an integrated theorization of higher education. He is also a Professorial Associate at the University of Melbourne in Australia and serves as an advisor and visiting scholar at Peking University and Tsinghua University in Beijing and at the National Autonomous University (UNAM) in Mexico.


  • Higher education
  • International and comparative education
  • Globalisation
  • Higher education in China and the Asia-Pacific
  • Policy, funding and regulation in higher education
  • Political philosophy and education
  • Educational sociology
  • Political economy of education

Media experience

Professor Marginson has had extensive engagement with print media since the early 1990s in Australia and have been interviewed for radio on numerous occasions.

He also has extensive experience writing articles and blog posts for online media.