About us

Information about the network's purpose, members and contact details.

Research in Higher Education (HE) is a vibrant and growing field internationally with many specialist journals and conferences.

There are numerous HE researchers working in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR), as well as others in Faculties across the University. The Higher Education Research Network (HERN) brings together these researchers to encourage research collaborations and shared doctoral supervision.

Higher Education researchers

HERN members include senior to new (doctoral) researchers undertaking a wide variety of cutting-edge research and scholarship. They are versatile researchers with current expertise, strong international networks, and excellent publications in the field.

HERN members undertake cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects that increase and improve global understanding of the impact of higher education on society.


HERN Convenors and main points of contact


Associate Professor Barbara Grant
Email: bm.grant@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 373 7599 ext 48272

Dr Frances Kelly
Senior Lecturer
Email: f.kelly@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 373 7599 ext 48669

HERN members


Associate Professor Mark Barrow
Professor Gavin Brown
Associate Professor Susan Carter
Ms Ashwini Datt
Dr Claire Donald
Dr John Egan
Associate Professor Barbara Grant
Dr Anna Hood
Dr Frances Kelly
Dr Barbara Kensington-Miller
Dr Kirsten Locke
Dr Jen Martin
Associate Professor Nancy November
Dr Roshini Peiris-John
Prof Elizabeth Rata
Dr Sean Sturm
Prof Helen Sword
Dr Annie Weir
Associate Professor Janine Wiles
Dr Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki
Dr Linlin Xu