I am Professor and Research Chair in School Education in the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University. I have held research/teaching positions at the University of Sussex, Northumbria University, the University of Central Lancashire, and the University of Peshawar. My research interests lie in the social, cultural, political, and economic influences on education policy formulation and enactment, and the outcomes of education on identity formation and social relations. I draw on poststructural and postcolonial theories to produce contextually relevant and situated studies on a range of topic – curriculum, teacher governance and education, citizenship identities and youth. I have explored my research interests through multi-country projects funded by major international funders including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID). Contextually, my research has focused on South Asia (Pakistan), Sub-Saharan and West Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda and Senegal), the Middle East (Occupied Palestinian Territories and Lebanon), United Kingdom and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan).