Mark Mason is Professor and Head of the Department of International Education and Lifelong Learning at The Education University of Hong Kong, working in the field of comparative and international education and development, from a disciplinary background in philosophy, social theory, complexity theory, and education studies.
He is a former Editor of the International Journal of Educational Development (Elsevier), the CERC Studies in Comparative Education Series (Springer), the Comparative Education Bulletin, and the CERC Monograph Series in Comparative and International Education and Development; and is an Associate Editor of the Southern African Review of Education. He is a Past President of the Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong and a former Director of the Comparative Education Research Centre at The University of Hong Kong. He has presented keynote and plenary addresses on invitation from UNESCO, government and other development agencies, from the International Baccalaureate Organization, and from professional societies in philosophy of education, in educational development, in sociology, and in comparative and international education. He has provided consultancy services in educational development in South-East Asia, Southern Africa and more widely, for government, non-government, UNESCO and other development agencies.
He has worked for UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education in Geneva as a senior programme specialist in curriculum and learning development, for the University of Hong Kong, the University of Cape Town, and as a secondary teacher of Mathematics and English.
He has published more than 100 articles, chapters, books and journal special issues in these research areas, and his work has been translated and published in ten languages.
A former Fulbright Scholar, he holds a doctorate from Columbia University in New York.
I) Comparative and international education & development - International educational development: theory, philosophy, research and policy; - Methodological, axiological and epistemological issues in research in comparative education and in development studies, particularly ethnographic research across cultures; and - Ethics and issues in political philosophy across cultures and international contexts. II) Philosophy, social theory and studies in educational development - Ethics and educational development across cultures in the context of the increasingly globalized and multicultural societies of late modernity; and - Associated questions, informed by complexity theory, about the nature of economic, political, social and cultural change in society, and the consequences for education and development.