Robert Cowen is Emeritus Professor of Education in the University Of London Institute Of Education, a Senior Research Fellow of the University of Oxford, and the immediate Past President of the Comparative Education Society in Eu-rope. He is Reviews Editor and a member of the Editorial Board of Comparative Education. He has acted as a consultant for the World Bank, IBE, and UNESCO.
Formerly, he was a Reader in Comparative Education in the University of Lon-don Institute of Education and at various times was fortunate enough to work as a Professor or Visiting Professor in the University of Brasilia, the Catholic Uni-versity of Leuven in Belgium, the University of La Trobe in Melbourne, and SUNY, Buffalo, as well as working for several years as a school teacher in the East End of London and then as Lecturer in Sociology in Furzedown College of Education in London before he left England to work in the USA and Australia.
He was also privileged to edit the World Yearbook of Education, 1996: Evaluation of Higher Education Systems in Comparative Perspective (London: Kogan Page). This interest in higher educational systems and universities has contin-ued in more recent publications – such as ‘Comparing and transferring: visions, politics and universities’, in Higher Education and National Development: uni-versities and societies in transition, David Bridges, Palmira Juceviciene, Rob-ertas Jucevicius, Terence McLaughlin and Jolanta Stankeviciute (eds.) ( 2007). His contemporary interests (within higher education) include the emergence of ‘the managed university’, especially in its English form.
His most recent publications are the International Handbook of Comparative Ed-ucation, edited with Andreas Kazamias and printed by Springer (2009) and a Special Issue of the journal Comparative Education: “Mobilities and educational metamorphoses: patterns, puzzles, and possibilities” which he edited with Dr Eleftherios Klerides in August 2009.