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Niranjan is Senior Lecturer in Education at the Clayton Campus, teaching and researching across postgraduate and graduate courses in curriculum, assessment, pedagogy and Humanities education. Originally trained as a geographer, he worked as a teacher and educational leader in secondary schools and international education for many years before moving into tertiary education, being recognized professionally for his work as an educator in Australia and internationally. His tertiary leadership experience has included being  Acting) Director Initial Teacher Education Programs  and Course Leader for Primary and Secondary Education (under- and postgraduate).

Research interests

Niranjan's current research is focused on three principal strands: the impact of transnationalism and globalisation in education, particularly in relation to the influence of culture on curriculum, pedagogy and thinking; the teaching of Geography and other Humanities subjects in schools, with a particular interest in inquiry-based teaching and transdisciplinary thinking; and the role of education in British colonial policy and practice, with an especial focus on its relevance to contemporary society. 

He has published widely on culture, transnationalism and education, including three books - Culture, Transnational Education and Thinking: Case Studies in Global Schooling (Routledge, 2014);  Transnationalism, Education and Empowerment: latent legacies of Empire (Routledge 2017); and Transculturalism and Teacher Capacity: Professional Readiness in the Globalised Age (Routledge 2020). He also writes on on inquiry teaching & learning within and across the disciplines, including (with Gillian Kidman) Inquiry based teaching and learning across disciplines: Comparative theory and practice in schools (Palgrave, 2017).

Niranjan's current research projects are concerned with: 
(a) the building and evaluation of the transcultural capability and capacity of teachers, with particular reference to their employability in a globalised educational environment;
(b) the nature of cultural education in schools, with particular emphasis on the role of geographical education.; and
(c) inquiry-based teaching and learning across the disciplines.

His past international research iin these areas includes a 2017 IB-funded project (with Lucas Walsh) of the transcultural capacity of teachers in Canadian and Australian PYP schools, using his work in the reconceptualisation of cultural education.

Niranjan is currently undertaking an international study of teacher knowledge and expertise in cultural education, inquiry teaching & learning, and problem solving.  The first analysis from this long term project was published in Transculturalism and Teacher Capacity: Professional Readiness in the  Globalised Age (Routledge 2020). Forthcoming publications from this work will include Disciplinarity and Educational Inquiry for Teaching and Learning: Conceptions and Practices (with Gillian Kidman: in writing)


Research area keywords

  • curriculum
  • pedagogy
  • multiculturalism
  • interculturalism
  • transculturalism
  • cultural capacity of teachers
  • problem solving
  • colonial education
  • transnationalism
  • international education
  • Teacher Identity
  • Teacher Professional Development and Learning
  • Geography education
  • Humanities Education
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • educational leadership
  • inquiry capacity of teachers
  • Inquiry Learning
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Inquiry Teaching
  • Transdisciplinary Learning
  • globalisation and curriculum innovation
  • Education and globalisation

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Output 1986 2020

Fieldwork as a vehicle for sustainability education: the centrality of geographical inquiry

Casinader, N. & Kidman, G., 2020, Issues in Teaching and Learning of Education for Sustainability: Theory into Practice . Chang, C-H., Kidman, G. & Wi, A. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 94-104 11 p. (Routledge Research in Education).

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

Transculturalism and Teacher Capacity: Professional Readiness in the Globalised Age

Casinader, N., 2020, 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge. 164 p. (Routledge Research in International and Comparative Education)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Translating the International Baccalaureate in different educational contexts: The benefits of and constraints on teachers sharing a common lexicon

Walsh, L. & Casinader, N., 2020, Migration, Education and Translation: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Human Mobility and Cultural Encounters in Education Settings. Anderson, V. & Johnson, H. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon uk: Routledge, p. 44-56 13 p. (Studies in Migration and Dispora).

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

Cultural hybridity and Australian children: speaking back to educational discourses about global citizenship

Casinader, N. & Manathunga, C., 18 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


ACEL Fellowship

Niranjan Casinader (Recipient), 14 Nov 2016

Prize: National/international honour

Award for Geographical Education

Niranjan Casinader (Recipient), Aug 1998

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Early Career Researcher Award

Niranjan Casinader (Recipient), Dec 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Early Career Researcher Fellowship

Niranjan Casinader (Recipient), Feb 2014

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

John Daughtery Memorial AWard

Niranjan Casinader (Recipient), Jun 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1980 2019

Seminar Series: Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Institute of Education, University College London

Niranjan Casinader (Invited speaker)
1 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Council of International Schools

Niranjan Casinader (Keynote/plenary speaker)
29 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

ACEL President's Research Seminar Series

Niranjan Casinader (Invited speaker)
24 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

University College London

Niranjan Casinader (Visiting researcher)
25 Mar 201917 Apr 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

GU-CGE/UCL Institute of Education Geography Education Conference

Niranjan Casinader (Invited speaker)
15 Apr 201917 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Monash Postgraduate Video Series

Niranjan Casinader


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Arabic online newspaper: Asharq Al-Awsat June 9th 2014 Issue 12977

Niranjan Casinader


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature


Niranjan Casinader


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview