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Professor A.C. (Tina) Besley

Role: Professor of Education 
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Department: Policy, Cultural and Social Studies in Education   


Research Expertise

  • Philosophy of Education – especially the later work of Michel Foucault, applied to education
  • Interculturalism, Global Studies in Education – policy, identities and cultures, academic entrepreneurship in the creative economy and global knowledge economy
  • Youth Studies – globalised identities and digital media cultures
  • Counselling – school counselling and narrative therapy

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Global studies
  • Social and political issues in education

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • Vice-President, Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) since 2011
  • Associate Editor, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2010 - present
  • Co-Editor, E-Learning and Digital Media
  • International Advisory Board, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling
  • Editorial Boards: ACCESS – Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural and Policy Studies; Policy Futures in Education; Review of Contemporary Philosophy; New Zealand Journal of Counselling Knowledge Cultures
  • Book Series Co-editor: Global Studies in Education (New York, Peter Lang Publishers); Key Critical Thinkers in Education (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers); Critical Education Policy and Politics (Rowman & Littlefield); Counselling and Student Cultures: New Perspectives (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers)
  • Executive Committee, Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, 2010 – present
  • Member New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC), 1990 - present
  • Organiser of 4 conferences (Creative University; Freire: The Global Legacy; Children in Crisis, all via i=Centre for  Global Studies in Education; PESA 2014) .


  • American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award, 2009: Besley, A.C. & Peters, M. A. (2007). Subjectivity and Truth: Foucault, Education and the Culture of Self. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Faculty Fellows Award, Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009 - present
  • California State University San Bernardino, Collaborating through Team Teaching Grant Award, 2007
  • California State University San Bernardino, College of Education, Outstanding Faculty Professional Growth Award, 2007

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