Professor Michael A. Peters

Michael Peters

Research Professor

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Well Dip T Chch MA (Hons) PhD Auck Hon PhD (Letters) SUNY FNZAH MRSNZ

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Peters, Prof Michael 7841 mpeters TW.G.12 Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educat

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About Michael

Research Profile for Prof Michael A. Peters

“The Production of Knowledge”

My research interests focus on educational philosophy with a focus on contemporary philosophical movements to the framing of educational issues, especially philosophical and political economy questions of knowledge production, distribution and consumption. My recent writing and scholarly activity revolves around two interrelated areas: contemporary philosophy (critical theory, poststructuralism, hermeneutics, and analytic philosophy) with a focus on philosophy of education, and; the politics of education, educational reform and welfare policy in NZ and elsewhere (; The two areas of interest theoretically inform each other. The deepest influences upon my thinking and writing include the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and Michel Foucault. These philosophers provide a positive philosophical response to nihilism and to the fragmentation of value and dissolution of culture. Here the question of style is significant in understanding philosophy as a kind of writing. My major current projects include work on distributed knowledge, learning and publishing systems, and ‘open education.’ I have written over eighty books and some five hundred papers and chapters. My Google citation (at 27 Feb 2017) is 10,713 (5,259 since 2012) with an h-index of 48 (34 since 2012) and an i10-index of 185 (1123 since 2012). I am the executive editor of the SSCI journal, Educational Philosophy and Theory (T&F, 14 issues per year) for over 20 years, with strong engagement to rebuild the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA). I am the founding editor of Policy Futures in Education, E-Learning and Digital Media (Sage), and Knowledge Cultures. In 2016 I established The Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy (, Springer) and The Editors’ Collective (NZ, that I established to develop an experimental and innovative culture for academic publishing and collective writing, especially for emerging NZ scholars. I have been an advisor to world agencies such as UNESCO and to governments on these and related matters in Scotland, NZ, South Africa, USA (NSF) and the EU. I am Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Professorial Fellow at James Cook University, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Zhenzhou University, China. I was made a Lifelong Member of the Humanities Society of NZ, and The Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE), and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ in 2010. I was awarded honorary doctorates by State University of New York (SUNY) in 2012 and University of Aalborg in 2015.

Recent Publications

  • Peters, M. A., & Jandric, P. (2017). The digital university: A dialogue and manifesto. Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

  • White, E. J., & Peters, M. A. (2017). Bakhtin and the Russian Avant Garde in Vitebsk: Creative understanding and the collective dialogue. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49(9), 922-939. doi:10.1080/00131857.2016.1167657

  • Wright, N., & Peters, M. (2017). Sell, sell, sell or learn, learn, learn? The EdTech market in New Zealand’s education system – privatisation by stealth?. Open Review of Educational Research, 4(1), 164-176. doi:10.1080/23265507.2017.1365623 Open Access version: hdl:

  • Peters, M. A., & Mika, C. (Eds.) (2017). The Dilemma of Western Philosophy. Routledge.

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