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Professor and Dean of Education and the Arts, CQUniversity Australia

Professor Stephen Dobson was born in Zambia, grew up in England moved to Norway in the 80s, now Dean of the School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University, Australia. Dobson possesses deep knowledge and experience of education eco-systems across SE. Asia, Europe and Scandinavia. He has a Phd in refugee work and a second Phd in assessment. He is a Guest Professor in Lifelong Learning at Inland Norway University of Applied Science and holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of South Australia. Dobson has published on student assessment, youth studies, ethnicity, research methods and educational philosophy. He teaches courses on student assessment to undergraduates and post-graduates and has held many workshops for in-service teachers. He is currently co-researching digital storytelling and inclusion (

Recent books published: Assessing the Viva in Higher Education (2017), Learning Cities. Multimodal Explorations and Placed Pedagogies (2018), Beyond Assessment – The Hidden World of Language Games (2023), Playful Science Investigations in Early Childhood. A Longitudinal Case Study (2024) and Learning Inclusion in a Digital Age. Finding a Voice and Belonging (2024)


  • 2011–present
    Professor II, Inland University of Applied Science, Norway
  • 2018–present
    Adjunct Professor , University of South Australia
  • 2023–present
    Professor and Dean of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University
  • 2018–2022
    Professor and Dean of Education, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


  • 2008 
    University College London University, PhD in assessment
  • 2000 
    Nottingham Trent University, PhD in refugees studies
  • 1990 
    Oslo University, Magistergrad in Sociology
  • 1985 
    Goldsmiths' College, University of London, BA Public Administration