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Research Director, Higher Education Governance and Management, University of Helsinki

Ian splits his time between being an honorary research fellow with Monash’s Centre for Population and Urban Research, and as a consultant. Current and recent Australian clients include the University of Ballarat, Monash and Victoria Universities and the Australian Council of Deans of Science. He is also the Australian representative of the US-based Educational Policy Institute.

An administrative career in planning and statistics from 1971 to 1995 at RMIT, Melbourne and Monash preceded nearly ten years spent as associate to Monash’s previous Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He completed a Monash PhD on higher education equity policy and social mobility in 2004, has authored or co-authored about fifty published papers, and presented a similar number of papers at conferences in Australia, Europe and the USA. His research interests include access and equity, student fees, university funding, the so-called brain-drain, the ‘decline’ of science in Australian universities and academic/general staff relationships.

He spends some of each year in Finland and works casually as an English language reviser of PhDs, academic papers, policy documents and manuals. Regular clients include Finland’s Universities of Helsinki and Tampere, Svenska Handelshögskolan and the Ministry of Education, and Norway’s premier higher education research body, NIFU Step.


  • –present
    Honorary research fellow, Centre for Population and Urban Research, Monash University
  • 2010–present
    Research Director, HEINE, University of Helsinki


  • 2005 
    Monash University, PhD Sociology / Higher Education
  • 1970 
    University of Melbourne, BCom

Research Areas

  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Sociology (1608)
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