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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research area keywords

  • Reimagining educational leadership
  • Education and Globalisation
  • Comparative and International Education
  • English Medium Schools
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Critical spirituality