Dr Suraiya Abdul Hameed


School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am currently a lecturer in the field of Educational Leadership in the School of Education. I teach in two key leadership courses-Debates in Educational Leadership (EDUC 7100), Building Leadership Capacity-Bridging Theory and Practice in the Workplace (EDUC 7600) as well as Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander Studies, Specialist Teaching Area (EDUC 6875). Prior to this role, I have been an educator for 29 years and have served in various appointments within the Ministry of Education, Singapore - Department Head of Science, a Science Curriculum Specialist with the Ministry of Education (Singapore) and a Deputy Head of an elementary school before embarking on a PHD programme on an APA scholarship from the Australian government. While in service, I have actively contributed to professional development training for middle managers/school leaders and have also spearheaded networking sessions and training for delegates from international contexts. I continue to do consultancy work with school leaders within SEA context (Singapore & Malaysia) and have embarked on international research in SEA contexts.

My research study focuses on a comparative analysis of global citizenship education (GCE) in two schools, one international school in Singapore and an independent school in Australia and how these two schools have engaged in the process of internationalization of their education through the adoption of international education models utilising the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) or the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) and other local curricula to generate hybrid internationally minded education programs.

My research interest is in exploring complex educational issues- from shifts in cultural practices and racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity to the implications of these shifts for human or social development and education. My Indigenous ethnic roots within the Southeast Asian context has spurred my passion in creating opportunities to transcend global and inclusive perspectives so as to support students from around the world. My current focus is to delve deeper into the area of Leadership, Global Citizenship & Inclusive Education, so as to make that major breakthrough in the development of leaders supporting the schools of the 21st century.

Research Interests

  • Educational Leadership
    Develop a deep and continuous engagement with key theoretical debates about educational leadership and how these impact practices in schools and other organizational contexts. Critically reflect on the issues and challenges that confront educational leadership theory and practice -- in 21st century contexts.
  • Global policy and education
    Exploring the potential of global citizenship education focusing on its transformative pedagogy. Active research on innovative leadership strategies from school leaders to institutionalise global education and global citizenship education. Integration of GCED in policy, curriculum, and teacher training.
  • Equity, inclusion, diversity and culture
    Delve deeper into the area of Culture, Communities & Education, to achieve that major breakthrough in the development of global citizens and leaders who would be able to cater to the schools of the 21st century. Address policies and practices in Indigenous education and excellence. Examining the critical role that leadership plays in the pursuit of Indigenous excellence in educational settings.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Gearin, Brian, Hameed, Suraiya Abdul, Christensen, Morgan and Thier, Michael (2018). Educating for nationalism in an age of educating for economic growth. In Yong Zhao and Brian Gearin (Ed.), Imagining the future of global education: dreams and nightmares (pp. 160-175) New York, NY USA: Routlege.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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