Professor Martin Thrupp

Martin Thrupp

Qualifications: Ph.D, M.Ed, T.T.C, Dip.Tchg, B.A

About Martin

Martin Thrupp's research interests are in education policy, with a particular focus on school reform as it plays out in different national and local settings.  He has previously undertaken research in England and across several other European countries as well as in New Zealand and is currently working on a comparative study of the privatisation of schooling in Finland, Sweden and New Zealand. Thrupp has edited collections about New Zealand education policy published in 1999, 2010 and 2017, and is currently co-editing a large collection about Finnish education policy and sociology of education with Piia Seppänen, Jaakko Kauko and Sonja Kosunen (to be published by Springer in 2022). He has also written a number of other books including one about New Zealand's National Standards policy, 'The Search for Better Educational Standards: A Cautionary Tale' (Springer 2018). With Mary Hill, he co-edited the latest edition of New Zealand’s main teacher education text: The Professional Practice of Teaching in New Zealand (Cengage 2019).  Thrupp has won awards for his contribution to educational research including the NZARE McKenzie Award. He writes a regular column in the New Zealand Principal.

Recent and forthcoming publications include:

Woods, B., Thrupp, M. & Barker, M. (2021). Education policy changes and continuities since 1999. In G. Hassall & G. Karacaoglu, Social Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Palmerston North: Massey University Press.

Thrupp, M., Powell, D., O’Neill, J., Chernoff, S & Seppänen, P. (2021). Private actors in New Zealand schooling (2021): Towards an account of enablers and constraints since the 1980s New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies (online first) doi: 10.1007/s40841-021-00194-4

Seppänen, P., Lempinen, S., Nivanaho, N, Kiesi & Thrupp, M. (2020). Edu-bisnes peruskoulussa: Kohti ’eduekosysteemiä (Edu-business in comprehensive schools: Towards an ’eduecosystem’)] Kasvatus. [The Finnish Journal of Education] 51(2)

Seppänen, P., Thrupp, M., & Lempinen, S. (2020). Edu-business in Finnish schooling. In A. Hogan & G. Thompson (Eds) Privatisation and Commercialisation in Public Education: How the Public Nature of Schooling is Changing. London: Routledge.

Thrupp, M., O’Neill, J., Powell, D. & Butler, P. (2020) Private actors in New Zealand schooling: The path to saturation. Journal of Educational Administration & History.

Hill, M. F. & Thrupp, M. (2019). The Professional Practice of Teaching in New Zealand, 6th edition. Melbourne: Cengage.

Thrupp, M. (2019). Muddling through with the media: Lessons from the introduction of Kiwi Standards. In A. Baroutsis, S. Riddle, S. & P. Thomson (Eds.), Education Research and the Media: Challenges and Possibilities. (pp. 135-147) London: Routledge.

Thrupp, M. (2019). To be ‘in the tent’ or abandon it?  A school clusters policy and the responses of New Zealand educational leaders. In J. Wilkinson, R. Niesche, & S. Eacott (Eds.), Reconceptualising Educational Leadership, Policy and Social Justice as Resources for Hope. (pp. 132-144). London: Routledge.

Thrupp, M. (2018). Opettajat ja sosiaalinen eriarvoisuus: pitäisikö yhteiskunnallisen kontekstin merkitys unohtaa, pitäisikö sitä väheksyä vai pitäsikö se ottaa aidosti huomioon? (Teachers and social inequality: should we ignore social contexts, downplay them, or really embrace them?) In R. Rinne, N. Haltia, S. Lempinen, & T. Kaunisto (Eds.),  Eriarvoistuva maailma - tasa-arvoistava koulu? (pp.47-64).  Suomen Kasvatustieteellinen Seura, Jyväskylän Yliopistopaino: Jyväskylä.

Thrupp, M. (2018) A socially contextualised approach to professional learning for school leaders. Leading and Managing. 24: 2, 92-100.

Thrupp, M. with Lingard, B. Maguire, M., & Hursh, D. (2018). The Search for Better Educational Standards: A Cautionary Tale. Gewerbestrasse:  Springer.

See also Martin Thrupp's regular New Zealand Principal column at


Education Policy; Education Research; Sociology