Dr Elizabeth Cassity


Honorary Lecturer


Phone: +61 2 9351 6215

Fax: +61 2 9351 4580

Building.Room: A35.506

Research interests

Educational history, sociology and philosophy

  • History of education

Educational systems: administration, management and leadership

  • International and comparative education

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Social change


Comparative Education, Education Policy, International Development, Foreign Aid, Equity, Education Contexts

Professional biography

Dr Cassity's research and teaching is in the interdisciplinary field of Comparative Education and Development Studies. She has worked extensively in a variety of contexts. She was a teacher for two years in northern Namibia, she conducted PhD fieldwork in Fiji, and completed an ARC Linkage project on AusAID's education policy in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines. She has conducted research on equity and cultural diversity of young people in schools in Western Sydney, New South Wales and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her current research project explores how foreign aid and the discourse of international development partnership impacts the nation state, specifically how educational institutions are framed by expectations and ideologies. She also works with colleagues at the University of Auckland and the University of the South Pacific as a partnership in research on education and development in the Pacific.

Professional and community roles

  • Ethics Advisor, Faculty of Education and Social Work Ethics Committee

  • Editor, International Education Journal: Education Perspectives

  • Member, University of Sydney Pacific Experts Group

Current projects

  • 'Rethinking Education Partnerships: Developing a Pacific Caucus', International Program Development Fund (IPDF), University of Sydney (2012-2013)

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Rehabilitation of the education system in East Timor during United Nations Transitional Administration, 1999-2002. (Auxiliary supervisor) PhD Trina Supit

Selected publications


  • Bagnall, N.F. and Cassity, E.A. (Eds.). (2012). Education and Belonging. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

Book chapters

  • Cassity, E.A. (2012). Learning and Belonging: The experiences of Young African Refugees. In Bagnall. N.F. and Cassity, E.A. (Eds.), Education and Belonging (pp. 59–70), New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc..
  • Cassity, E.A. (2011). Forced Migration, Identity and Education: Young African refugees in Western Sydney high schools. In da Silva Araujo and de Fatima Santos Morais, J. (Eds.), Vozes da educacao: Formacao de professores/as, narrativas, politicas e memorias (pp. 127–141), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil: UERJ, Sao Goncalo.
  • Cassity, E.A. (2011). Australian Aid and the Development of Education Policy: Reframing engagement in Papua New Guinea. In Hawkins, J.H. and Jacob, W.J. (Eds.), Policy Debates in Comparative, International and Development Education (pp. 199–224), New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cassity, E.A. (2005). Going for Global: Youth Transition in the South Pacific. In Bagnall, N.F. (Ed.), Youth Transition in a Globalized Marketplace (pp. 141–162), New York: Nova Science.

Journal articles

  • Cassity, E.A. (2011). Is It Really Aid? Bilateral aid and the tertiary sector in Australia. NORRAG NEWS, 45, 29–31.
  • Coxon, E. and Cassity, E.A. (2011). Editorial. Education in the Pacific: Rethinking partnerships. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 10(2), 1–6.
  • Cassity, E.A. (2010). New Partnerships and Education Policy in Asia and the Pacific. International Journal of Educational Development, 30(4), 508–517.
  • Cassity, E.A. (2009). New Modalities and Aid Effectiveness: AusAID's education policy in the Asia-Pacific region. NORRAG NEWS, 42, 77–78.
  • Cassity, E. (2008). Cast the Net a Little Wider: Australian Aid in the South Pacific. International Journal of Educational Development, 28(3), 246–258.
  • Cassity, E.A. (2008). More Effective Aid Policy? AusAID and the Global Development Agenda. IEJ: Comparative Perspectives, 9(2).
  • Kirk, J, Cassity, E. (2007). Minimum Standards for Quality Education for Refugee Youth. Youth Studies Australia, 26(1), 50–56.
  • Cassity, E. (2007). Voices Shaping Education: Young African Refugees in Western Sydney High Schools. International Education Journal, 8(3), 91–104.
  • Cassity, E, Ang, I. (2006). Humanities-industry partnerships and the 'Knowledge society': The Australian Experience. Minerva, 44(1), 47–63.
  • Cassity, E, Gow, G. (2005). Making up for lost time: the experiences of Southern Sudanese young refugees in high schools.(Programs & practice) . Youth Studies Australia, 24(3), 51–55.

Conference papers

  • Cassity, E.A. (2009). Addressing the Balance? New modalities and AusAID's education policy in Asia and the Pacific. In 10th Biennial United Kingdom Forum on International Education and Training (UKFIET) Conference on Education and Development. New College, Oxford, 15-17 September 2009.
  • Cassity, E. (2007). More effective aid policy? AusAID and the global development agenda. In Brian D Denman Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference - International Co-operation through Education (pp. 33–52). University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 29 Nov - 2 December 2007.
  • Cassity, E. (2007). Conflict and Belonging: Young African Refugees in Sydney, Australia. In Youth, Globalization and Migration – Local Diversity in Transition. Slovak Sociological Society, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Smoleni, 19-22 January.
  • Cassity, E, Gow, G. (2006). Shifting space and cultural place: the transition experiences of African young people in western Sydney High schools. In Jeffery, PL AARE Education Research. Creative Dissent: Constructive Solutions. Parramatta, 27Nov-1 Dec 2005.
  • Cassity, E. (2006). Global connections amid multiple expectations: The experiences of young African refugees in Western Sydney high schools. In Brian D Denman ANZCIES: Global Governance, Educational Change, and Cultural Ecology: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference (pp. 18–30). Canbera, 30 Nov-4 Dec 2006.
  • Cassity, E, Gow, G, Maguire, G, Weaver, H. (2005). Making up for Lost Time. Responding to the needs of young refugees with disrupted prior schooling. In Hopes Fulfilled or Dreams Shattered?. University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, November 24-26.
  • Cassity, E, Gow, G. (2005). Making Up for Lost Time. In Partners 4 Learning. Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney, Australia, August 11-12.


  • Coxon, E. and Cassity, E.A. (Eds.). (2011). Education in the Pacific: Rethinking partnerships, International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives 10(2).
  • Cassity, E.A. and Gow, G. (2006). Making Up For Lost Time. Young African refugees in Western Sydney high schools, Sydney: University of Western Sydney (New South Wales Department of Education and Training Research Report).
  • Cassity, E.A. and Ang, I. . (2004). The Attraction of Strangers: Partnerships in Humanities research, Canberra: Australian Academy of the Humanities (Report tabled at Human Scientists on the Hill, Canberra, Australia, 15-16 June 2004).
  • Cassity, E.A. (2004). The Humanities and the New Research Environment, Perspective (ABC Radio National, July 2).