Fazal Rizvi (1950 - )

Rizvi Fazal

Short Biography & Significant Contribution

Fazal Rizvi has been a Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois since 2001, having previously held academic and administrative appointments at a number of universities in Australia, including as Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and as the founding Director of the Monash Centre for Research in International Education. He currently holds two adjunct positions in Australia, at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. Rizvi has been a visiting scholar at a number of universities, including University of Warwick and London Institute of Education in the UK, Jawaharlal University in India, University of Pretoria in South Africa, University of British Columbia in Canada, Hong Kong Institute of Education and University of Wisconsin Madison in the United States.

Rizvi's disciplinary background is in Philosophy, but much of his research has addressed issues in education policy. More recently, his research has focused on issues of identity, culture; global mobility of students; and theories of globalization and the internationalization of higher education His current projects include an examination of the ways in which Indian universities are negotiating pressures of globalization and the knowledge economy, as well as a more theoretical exploration of the cosmopolitan possibilities of education. From 1993 to 2000, Rizvi edited Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, and in 1996 was the President of the Australian Association for Research in Education. His recent books include: Youth Moves: Identities and Education in a Global Era (Routledge 2007), Globalization, the OECD and Education Policy Making (Pergamon 2001) and Education Policy and the Politics of Change (Routledge 1996). His new book, Globalizing Educational Policy, will be released by Routledge in September 2009.

In recent years, Rizvi has presented a number of major addresses including the Routledge Lecture at the British Educational Research Association, a keynote address at the Alliance of International Educators annual meeting in Shanghai, the Radford Address at the Australian Association for Research in Education meeting, and an address at the Commonwealth Ministers of Education conference in Cape Town. Rizvi has served on a number of government bodies, including the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australia Foundation for Culture and the Humanities, and as an international panel member on the UK's Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008). At Illinois, he directs an online Masters program in Global Studies in Education. The highly innovative program is designed for educators around the world to discuss issues in education beyond national borders, and explore ways of internationalizing their curriculum.

Educational Background

Ph.D., Philosophy and Education, Kings College, University of London (1984)

M.Ed., Philosophy and Education, University of Manchester, UK (1976)

B.Ed., Philosophy, Mathematics and Education, University of Canberra, Australia (1974)

Professional Background

Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2001- )

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Professor, Education, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (1999-2001)

Professor, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (1996-2000)

Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Queensland, Australia (1991-1996)

Senior Lecturer, Education, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia (1984-1991)

Affiliations (associations, organizations, institutions)

Adjunct Professor, Deakin University Australia

Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne Australia (2008-2013)

Selected Publications

Dolby, N. & Rizvi, F. (2007) (Eds): Youth Moves: Identities and Education in a Global Era. New York: Routledge.

Henry, M., Lingard, B., Rizvi, F. & Taylor, S. (2000): The OECD, Globalization and Education Policy. Oxford, England: Pergamon Press.

Rizvi, F. (2005): Representations of Islam and Education for Justice. In C. McCarthy, W. Crichlow, N. Dolby & G. Dimitriadis (Eds.), Race, Identity and Representation in Education (pp. 167-178). New York: Routledge.

Rizvi, F. (2006): Imagination and the Globalization of Educational Policy Research. Globalization, Societies and Education, 4(2), 193-206.

Rizvi, F. (2006): The Ideology of Privatization in Higher Education: A Global Perspective. In D. Priest & E. St John (Eds.), Privatization and Public Universities (pp. 65-86). Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press.

Rizvi, F. & Lingard, B. (2009): Globalizing Education Policy. London: Routledge.

Taylor, S., Rizvi, F., Lindgard, B. & Henry, M. (1997): Educational Policy and the Politics of Change. London: Routledge.


Created: 7/23/2009

Updated: 7/31/2009

Contributed By: Laura C. Engel, David J. Rutkowski, Jason L. Sparks