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Personal profile


Nicola Sum is a lecturer within the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Her work in the faculty draws on over twenty years of school experience, having worked in the Victorian, UK and International school systems. Nicola is a school principal, who returned to Melbourne to undertake further study. She completed her doctoral studies on the inter-connected nature of glocalisation and educational leadership practice. She is passionate about the voice of educational leaders in the field.

Research interests

  • Leadership
  • Education systems
  • Global and local contexts for leadership practice
  • International Education frameworks and implementation
  • Teaching and learning 

Monash teaching commitment

  • Educational leadership
  • Principal preparation
  • Teaching Partnerships- Working with families & communities
  • Expertise in Teaching
  • Learning & Educational Inquiry

Research area keywords

  • Reimagining educational leadership
  • Education and Globalisation
  • Comparative and International Education
  • English Medium Schools
  • Social justice and education
  • Critical spirituality


Research Output

The unlocking potential program: navigating complexity and co-constructing leadership preparation

Sum, N., Brooks, J. S., Wilkinson, J., Rickinson, M. & Heffernan, A., 2019, Who Controls the Preparation of Education Administrators?. Danzig, A. B. & Black, W. R. (eds.). 1st ed. Charlotte NC USA: Information Age Publishing, p. 219-244 26 p. (Research and Theory in Educational Administration).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Glocalization and school leadership: the case of Bangladesh

Sum, N. & Brooks, J., 2017. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access


  • 1 Contribution to conference

Australian Association for Research in Education: Educational Leadership Special Interest Group (SIG)

Nicola Sum (Member of programme committee)


Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference