Professor W. John Morgan

Professor W. John Morgan

School of Social Sciences

He is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Education, University of Nottingham, where he was also UNESCO Chair of the Political Economy of Education; Senior Fellow, the China Policy Institute; and Acting-Director of the Institute of Asian Pacific Studies; He has also worked in adult and further education as a Workers' Educational Association tutor-organizer and as a college lecturer. His current research interests are in: Comparative political economy of education: especially Russia and China; civil society and the anthropology of knowledge; ethics and social research; and peace education.

He is now at the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD).

Selected publications


Chinese Higher Education Reform and Social Justice: (Ed., with B. Wu), Routledge, London, 2016, Hardback, xiv and 160p.

Buber and Education: Dialogue as conflict resolution (A. Guilherme), Routledge, London, 2014, Hardback and E-Book: xii and 176p.

Higher Education Reform in China: Beyond the expansion, (Ed., with B. Wu), China Policy Series, Routledge, London, 2011, Hardback, xiv and 174 p. Paperback, xiv and 174p, 2013.

Philosophy, Dialogue and Education: Nine modern European philosophers: (with A.G Guilherme), Routledge, London and New York, Hardback, 190pp.

A Handbook of Education in China: (Ed. with Q. Gu and F. Li), Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA, 2017, Hardback and E-book: xx and 558 pp.


‘Students’ decision-making about postgraduate education at G University in China: The main factors and the role of family and of teachers.’ (With D. Liu). The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, , Asia-Pacific Edu Res. DOI 10.1007/s40299-015-0265-y, 2015, 1-11.

"A Time for Silence? Its possibilities for dialogue and for reflective learning." (With A. C. Zimmermann), Studies in Philosophy and Education. DOI: 10.1007/s11217-0159485-0, 2015,

‘Peace Profile: Waldo Williams’: Peace Review: a journal of social justice, 27 (2), 244-251, 2015, DOI: 10.1080/10402659.2015.1037664, ui=6osf&af=T

‘The integration of migrants in Europe: The role of higher and further education’: Weiterbildung, 6, 2015, 34-37. (With I. White).

"Where will the next generation of Nobel Prize winners come from?" The Conversation, 2015, at:

‘The importance of higher education for international development’: Weiterbildung, 3, 2015, 39-41. (With I. White).

‘Russian parents unimpressed with state of education system.’ (With G. Kliucharev), The Conversation, 2015, at:

"Why reforms to China's college entrance exam are so revolutionary", (B. Wu), The Conversation, 2015, at:

‘The Chinese dream for higher education.’ (With B. Wu), The Conversation, 2015, at:

‘Fei Xiao Tong: A public intellectual in Communist China’: Anthropology Today, 30 (6), December, 2014, 28-31.

Academics across borders: narratives of linguistic capital, language competence, and communication strategies.’ (With J. Gimenez): Globalization, Societies, and Education, DOI: 10.1080/ 14767724.2014.937402, 2014.

‘Philosophies of War and Peace’, Guest editor and symposium introduction. (With A. Guilherme), Peace Review: A journal of social justice, 26 (3), 2014, 313-316.

‘The changing expectations of education for the professions in post-socialist Serbia: The views of lawyers and of university teachers.’ (With D. Kaurin), International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, 6 (2), 2014, 59-74.

‘The value of higher education: public or private good?’ Weiterbildung, 6, 2014, 3841.  (With I. White).

‘UNESCO: A social philosophy for the 21st century?’ Planet: the Welsh internationalist, Issue 213, Spring, 2014, 52-58.

‘Education for global development: Reconciling society, state, and market’: Weiterbildung, 1, 2014, 38-41. (With I. White).

‘Ethics, economics and higher education: A comment’: Citizenship, Social, and Economics Education, 12 (2), 2013, 129-135.

Book sections

‘Introduction: Chinese higher education reform and social justice.’ (With B. Wu). In Chinese Higher Education Reform and Social Justice: (Eds. B. Wu and W. J. Morgan), Routledge, London, 2016, 1-13.

‘Employment equality in China’s universities: perceptions of ‘decent work’ among university teachers in Beijing.’ (With J. Li and B. Wu). In Chinese Higher Education Reform and Social Justice: (Eds., B. Wu and W. J. Morgan), Routledge, London, 2016, 52-65.

‘Moving to find a job: Chinese Masters’ degree graduates and internal migration.’ (With F. Li and Y. Zhao). In Chinese Higher Education Reform and Social Justice:  (Eds., B. Wu and W. J. Morgan), Routledge, London, 2016, 80-93.

‘Education: From egalitarian ideology to public policy.’ (With F. Li). In Handbook of the Politics of China, D. S. G. Goodman (Ed.), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, MA, USA, 2015, 217-237.

‘Marxism-Leninism: the ideology of 20th century communism.’ In: International Encylopaedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol. 14: Elsevier, Oxford, 656-662, 2015; ISBN: 9780080970868.

‘‘The changing expectations of education for the professions in post-socialist Serbia.’ (With D. Kaurin), Yearbook of the Institute of Sociology, Vol. 13: Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 2015, 232-251 (in Russian); ISBN 5948812898

Honours and awards

Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, October 2017.

Fellow, Royal Historical Society, April 2016.

Honorary Professor: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, 2014.

The University of Nottingham's Vice Chancellor's Achievement Medal: 2014.

Co-Chair (with Mrs Amina Mohammed, Nigeria) of the UNESCO Director General's  Senior Experts' Group on Education and Learning in a Changing World: 2013-2015.

Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales: 2012.

Honorary degree of D.Sc. Awarded by the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences: 2010.

Chair of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO: 2010-2013.

Board of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO: 2007-2013.

Distinguished Professor: the International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education, New Delhi, India: 2008.

Senior Fellowship of the China Policy Institute: 2008.

Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner for the United Kingdom: 2002- 2008

Patron of Landmines Disability Support Trust: 2007.

Visiting Professorial Fellow: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London: 2002-2005.

Fellowship of the Royal Anthropological Institute: 1989.

Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts: 1979.