Dr Elizabeth Cassity

Honorary Lecturer
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The University of Sydney

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.

Silver Medal in Social Justice category, Premier’s Public Sector Awards, Multicultural Programs Unit, NSW Department of Education and Training
Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award, Regional and Community Engagement, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney

  • Senior Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research
  • Ethics Advisor, Sydney School of Education and Social Work Ethics Committee
  • Editor, International Education Journal: Education Perspectives
  • Member, University of Sydney Pacific Experts Group

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

Book chapters
  • Lietz, P., Ahmed, K., Cassity, E., Belisle, M., Friedman, T. and Spink, J. (in press, 2020). The role of International Large Scale Assessments (ILSAs) in economically developing countries’ in International Handbook of Comparative Large-Scale Studies in Education (Nilsen, T., Stancel-Piatak, A. and Gustafsson, J., Eds.). Switzerland: Springer Publishing.
  • Cassity, E.A. (2012). ‘Refugees and Belonging’, in Bagnall, N.F. and Cassity, E.A. (eds.) Education and Belonging. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 
  • Cassity, E.A. (2011). ‘Australian Aid and the Development of Education Policy: Reframing Engagement in Papua New Guinea’, in Hawkins, J.N. and Jacobs, W.J. (eds.) Policy Debates in Comparative, International, and Development Education (pp. 199-224). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cassity, E.A. (2011). ‘Forced Migration, Identity and Education: Young African refugees in Western Sydney high schools’, in da Silva Araujo, M. and de Fatima Santos Morais, J. (eds.) Vozes da educacao: Formacao de professores/as, narrativas, politicas e memorias. Rio de Janeiro: UERJ, Sao Goncalo. 
  • Cassity, E.A. (2005) ‘Going for Global: Youth Transition in the South Pacific’, in Bagnall, N. F. (ed.) Youth Transition in a Globalised Marketplace. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 

Journal articles
  • Belisle, M., Cassity, E.A., Kacilala, R., Seniloli, M.T. and Taoi, T. (2016). Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment: Collaboration and Innovation in Reporting and Dissemination. Melbourne and Bangkok: ACER and UNESCO. 
  • Cassity, E.A. and Coxon, E. (Eds.) (2011). Education in the Pacific: Rethinking Partnerships. A special issue of IEJ: Comparative Perspectives 10(2). 
  • Cassity. E.A. (2010). ‘New Partnerships and Education Policy in Asia and the Pacific’, part of a special issue on new partnerships in aid and education in International Journal of Educational Development 30(5): 508-517.
  • Cassity, E.A. (2008). ‘More Effective Aid Policy? AusAID and the Global Development Agenda’ in IEJ: Comparative Perspectives. Vol. 9, No. 2.
  • Cassity, E.A. (2008). ‘Cast the Net a Little Wider: Australian Aid in the South Pacific’ in International Journal of Educational Development. Vol. 28, No. 3, 246-258. 
  • Cassity, E.A. (2007). ‘Voices Shaping Education: Young African Refugees in Western Sydney High Schools’ in IEJ: Comparative Perspectives, Vol. 8, No. 3, 1-11. 
  • Kirk, J. & Cassity, E.A. (2007). ‘Minimum Standards for Quality Education for Refugee Youth’ in Youth Studies Australia, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 50-56. 
  • Cassity, E.A. & Ang, I. (2006). ‘Humanities-Industry Partnerships and The ‘Knowledge Society’: The Australian Experience’ in Minerva, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 47-63. 
  • Cassity, E.A. & Gow, G. (2005). ‘Making Up for Lost Time: The Experiences of Southern Sudanese Young Refugees in High Schools in Youth Studies Australia, Vol. 24, No. 3, 51-55.