Dr Kevin Laws

BA(Hons), MA(Hons), EdD
Honorary Senior Lecturer
+61 2 93512606
A35 / 307
The University of Sydney

Prior to my retiring in July 2013, Kevin Laws coordinated the MEd (Educational Management and Leadership) program in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney, later being asked to contribute to the development of this program for online delivery.
For 10 years, Kevin was Associate Dean International Relations in the faculty and was successful in obtaining grants from the Australian Government to promote professional development in Southeast Asia and Africa. Two of these grants resulted in his continuing involvement with universities in Vietnam and Thailand and to the establishment of the Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia (DEPISA) network, which Kevin still convenes. The network has grown from 18 members from five universities in five countries to more than 200 members from 12 universities in eight Asian countries.

In 2019, Kevin was invited to join the International College, Thaksin University, Thailand. The College offers a PhD program based on the same approach as the Sydney and Melbourne University PhD programs. It differs greatly from typical Thai PhD programs which have much coursework. He mentors a Thaksin University staff member with whom he is jointly supervising a scholarship student from Vietnam in the field of sustainable development and global citizenship. 
Before being prevented from travelling to Vietnam in early 2020 because of COVID-19, Kevin prepared a credit-bearing course on Leadership for talented students in the School of Foreign Languages at Can Tho University, Vietnam.

Special recognition for service, schools of Education and Foreign Languages, Can Tho University, Vietnam

  • Convenor, Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia

  • Laws, K., Sinthunava, K., Nguyen, N., Thanosawan, P., Wescombe C. (2019) An Integrated Constructive Alignment Approach to Course Design. Bangkok, DEPISA.

Chapter in Book 
  • Nguyen, T., Laws, K., (2016). "Higher education teachers’ conceptions of teaching: Are changes feasible?" In Tina A. Doe & Ken Sell (eds) Practitioners as Researchers: Case Studies in Innovative Practice. London: Primrose-Hall pp. 70-85 

Selected journal articless 
  • Nguyen, T., Laws, K., (2019) "Changes in higher education teachers’ perceptions of curriculum." Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 11 (1),76-89 
  • Nguyen, T., Laws, K. (2016) "Higher education purposes through teachers’ lenses: Perspectives from Vietnam." Journal of Teaching and Education, 5 (1), 707-718 https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-06-2018-0097 
  • Laws, K., (2015) "DEPISA: A case study of complexity development in a transnational setting." The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia. Vol. 47, 165-181. 
  • Harbon, L., Lap, T., Laws, K.(2014) "A five-pointed star: Enhancing explorations into English teaching in the Mekong." Pacific-Asian Educator, 26 (1), 45-59. 
  • Thanosawan. P., Laws, K. (2013) "Global citizenship; differing perceptions within two Thai higher education institutions." The Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. June. 35 (3). 
  • Lap, T., Laws, T. (2010). "Facilitating professional development through developing a learning community in an international collaborative partnership (in Vietnamese)." Ho Chi Minh City Journal of Science Educational Issues, 19, 130–139. 

Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia (DEPISA) Collaborative International Research Project (CIRP) investigating the use of constructive alignment as a means of curriculum and course development. This grew out of a series of workshops in Vietnam and Thailand in November 2017. This project culminated in the publication of a book An Integrated Constructive Alignment Approach to Course Design. Eighteen DEPISA members from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, China and Indonesia contributed to this publication. 

Investigating higher-education students’ understanding and commitment to the concept of global citizenship. This project developed partly from a former PhD candidate’s research topic and is now part of the focus of a PhD student at Thaksin University, Thailand I am supervising.