Elizabeth 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, including as a teacher for two years in northern Namibia. She has 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, 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.