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Guanglun Michael Mu

Associate Professor and Enterprise Fellow, University of South Australia

Guanglun Michael Mu is Associate Professor and Enterprise Fellow of Education Futures at the University of South Australia. He is also the Portfolio Lead Research of UniSA's Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion. As a sociologist of education, Michael is interested in building resilience for and with: (1) children and young people in migration contexts (e.g., floating children and left-behind children in China, children with an immigrant background and international students in Australia), and (2) educational professionals (e.g., school teachers). His work has attracted a total research income of over 1.2 million dollars and has been published into over 90 books and articles. Most of his publications are framed through a Bourdieusian lens. In addition to scholarly publications, Michael has translated his resilience research into a picture book series Journey to Resilience. Michael has deep methodological expertise in quantitative analyses that align with relational sociology. These include but are not limited to multiple correspondence analysis, social network analysis, factor analysis, cluster analysis, and structural equation modelling. Michael also has rich experience in conducting mixed methods research in educational contexts.

Before Michael joined UniSA, he was a DECRA fellow funded by the Australian Research Council; an Associate Professor, a Principal Research Fellow, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology; an Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Calgary; a Lecturer and international program coordinator at Beijing Normal University; and a schoolteacher in China.

Michael takes a number of leadership roles internally and externally. He is Portfolio Lead Research of the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion (CRESI) at the University of South Australia. He is the chief editor of the Routledge book series Bourdieu and Education of Asia Pacific. He chairs the Bourdieu in Educational Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He also leads and convenes two international academic communities for research students and junior academics - one on Bourdieu in Educational Research and the other on Quantitative Methodology in Education Research. Both communities operate through monthly online meetings. Michael is an Associate Editor of Frontier in Psychology and International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education; an editorial board member of Journal of Beijing Normal University (in Chinese); and a member of the Rapid Review Panel of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Beyond academia, Michael is a classical pianist.


  • –present
    Enterprise Fellow, University of South Australia


  • 2013 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD in Sociology of Education