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Prof Louise Morley

Post:Professor of Education (Education)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE EH 126

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 876700
International:+44 1273 876700

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Louise Morley AcSS is a Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER) ( at the University of Sussex, UK. Her previous posts were at the Institute of Education, University of London, the University of Reading and the Inner London Education Authority.

She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education, and a Senior Visiting Fellow, The Centre for Gender Excellence (GEXcel), University of Örebro, Sweden.

Louise has an international profile in the field of sociology of higher education studies. She has given keynote presentations, undertaken research and consultancy and has been a visiting academic in a range of countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Finland, France, The Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, and the USA .

Her research and publication interests focus on international higher education policy, gender, equity, women and leadership, micropolitics, quality, and power.

She has recently completed an ESRC/DFID funded research project on Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania, and is currently working on the knowledge transfer of this project (

She directed a DFID/ Carnegie funded research project on Gender Equity in Commonwealth Higher Education. In the UK, she has conducted policy research for HEFCE on establishing the needs of employers for information about the quality and standards of higher education provision (

Her publications include Gender Equity in Selected Commonwealth Universities Research Report No. 65, DFID (2006); Quality and Power in Higher Education  (2003) Open University Press; Organising Feminisms: The Micropolitics of The Academy (1999), Macmillan.

She is on the editorial boards for 'Studies in Higher Education', ' Gender and Education', 'Teaching in Higher Education', and on the International Advisory Boards for 'Education, Citizenship and Social Justice' and 'Studies in Research: Training, Evaluation and Impact'.

She has also recently been the external examiner for the DBA in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath and the external examiner for the MA in Academic Practice at King's College, London.



Professor of Higher Education

Director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER) (