Personal profile


Dr. Philip Wing Keung Chan is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. His research work is focused on network governance, policy network, leadership and public education reform, especially in the context of Chinese enterprise schools. He developed the concept of ‘Asia as method’, which offers multiple frames of reference in education research, including inter-referencing amongst countries in Asia. This is new territory in academic research. It is of particular benefit to students from Asia, for whom only a western theoretical lens has previously been available to look at education issues in their home countries.

Dr. Chan has worked in course development and training at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers. He is now the co-leader in the Globalisation, Education and Work research group in the Faculty of Education, the coordinator of China Research Network in Monash University and the series editor of Asia Pacific Education Book series of Monash University Publishing. He is currently on the editorial board for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Education Innovation (Springer) and the section editor on “The Educational Governance and Leadership in Contemporary Times”. Dr. Chan is appointed as honorary fellow at the School of Education, The University of Durham (UK) and senior research fellow at the Shanghai Municipal Institute for Lifelong Education, East China Normal University in China. 

His edited/authored book are 'Asia Pacific Education: Diversity, Challenges and Changes' (Monash University Publishing, 2012), 'Equality in Education: Fairness and Inclusion' (Senses Publishers, 2014), 'Asia as Method in Education Studies: A Defiant Imagination' (Routledge, 2015), 'Asia Pacific Education: Leadership, Governance and Administration' (Information Age Publishing, 2019), 'Public Education Reform and Network Governance: Lessons from China's State-owned Enterprise Schools' (Routledge, 2019), and 'School Governance in Global Contexts: Trends, Challenges and Practices' (Routledge, 2022).

Research interests

Network Governance, Policy Network, Leadership, Chinese Public Education, Asia as Method, Globalisation and Education Reform.

Monash teaching commitment

  • EDF2803 - Learning and researching in work-related contexts
  • EDF3210 - Eduction policy and practice
  • EDF3804 - Independent work-based project
  • EDF3810 - Mentoring at work
  • EDF5610 - Interacting with research in education contexts
  • EDF5611 - Investigating education issues in global contexts
  • EDF5663 - Education and globalisation in the Asian century
  • EDF5691 - Professional project
  • EDF5765 - Globalisation and contemporary education
  • EDF5806 - Policy and practice of education
  • EDF5863 - Assessment and reporting
  • EDF5912 - Reseaching professional practice
  • EDF6005 - Reading, interpreting and communicating research
  • EDF6010 - Professional project (A)
  • EDF6020 - Professional project (B)

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research area keywords

  • Globalisation
  • Education Governance
  • Education Reform
  • Asia as method
  • Education Admnistration and Policy

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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