Biography

Dr Yann Lebeau is Senior Lecturer in educational research and Associate Dean  of Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences. He has previously held teaching and research positions in France (Brest, Bordeaux), in Nigeria (Ibadan) and at the Open University. His research interests lie in the sociology of higher education communities and where higher education and social change intersect. He has done extensive empirical research on the University/society nexus in Africa and in Europe and is a member of several education and development research networks. Yann joined EDU as lecturer in 2007 and has been teaching and supervising on both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes of the school. Alongside  his involvement in the life of EDU as Chair of the Ethics committee (2009-11) deputy head of school (2010-13), coordinator of the higher education research group and course director of the Masters in Education (2011-13), Yann has been a member of the University senate (2010-1013) and was recently appointed as Associate Dean with responsibility for the Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate School.


 

All Publications

Lebeau, Y., Papatsiba, V.

(2016)

Conceptions and expectations of research collaboration in the European social sciences: Research policies, institutional contexts and the autonomy of the scientific field,

in European Educational Research Journal

15

(4)

pp. 377-394

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Lebeau, Y., Cochrane, A.

(2015)

Rethinking the ‘third mission’: UK universities and regional engagement in challenging times,

in European Journal of Higher Education

5

(3)

pp. 250-263

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Lebeau, Y., Bennion, A.

(2014)

Forms of embeddedness and discourses of engagement: a case study of universities in their local environment,

in Studies in Higher Education

39

(2)

pp. 278-293

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Lebeau, Y.

(2012)

Who shall pay for the public good? Comparative trends in the funding crisis of public higher education,

in Compare: Journal of Comparative and International Education

42

(1)

pp. 137-157

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Lebeau, Y., Sall, E.

(2011)

Global Institutions, Higher Education and Development,

in A Handbook on Globalization and Higher Education.

Edward Elgar Publishing

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Lebeau, Y., Ridley, B., Lane, K.

(2011)

Education and social justice in challenging times (Editorial),

in Compare

41

(4)

pp. 445-451

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Brennan, J., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Jary, D., Lebeau, Y., Osborne, M., Richardson, J.

(2010)

Improving What is Learned at University. An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education,

Routledge

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Jary, D., Edmunds, R., Houston, M., Lebeau, Y.

(2010)

The subjects: tribes and territories,

in Improving what is learned at University: An exploration of the social and organisational diversity of University Education.

Routledge

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Jary, D., Houston, M., Lebeau, Y.

(2010)

The students: backgrounds, lifestyles and forms of engagement,

in Improving what is learned at university: An exploration of the social and organisational diversity of university education.

Routledge

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Lebeau, Y., Jary, D.

(2009)

The student experience and subject engagement in UK sociology: a proposed typology,

in British Journal of Sociology of Education

30

(6)

pp. 697-712

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Lebeau, Y., Mills, D.

(2008)

From ‘crisis’ to ‘transformation’? Shifting orthodoxies of African higher education policy and research,

in Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences (LATISS)

1

(1)

pp. 58-88

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Lebeau, Y.

(2008)

Universities and social transformation in sub-Saharan Africa: global rhetoric and local contradictions,

in Compare

38

(2)

pp. 139-153

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Lebeau, Y.

(2006)

Searching for the sub-plot between the lines of Bologna: qualms and conservatism of the French academia in the face of European competition,

in Creating the European Area of Higher Education. Voices from the Periphery.

Springer

pp. 69-85

ISBN 1402046138

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Sall, E., Lebeau, Y., Kassimir, R.

(2003)

The Public Dimensions of the University in Africa,

in Journal of Higher Education in Africa

1

(1)

pp. 126-148

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Lebeau, Y.

(2003)

Classement et déclassement des universités au Nigeria: De l'uniformité des procédures d' admission à la multiplicité des stratégies de contournement,

in Cahiers d'Études africaines

43

(1-2)

pp. 209-233

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Lebeau, Y.

(2003)

Extraversion strategies within a peripheral research community: Nigerian scientists' responses to the state and changing patterns of international science and development cooperation,

in Science Technology & Society

8

(2)

pp. 185-213

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Key Research Interests

Internationalization of Higher Education

Academic mobility

Comparative perspectives on university governance

Yann Lebeau is currently involved in the dissemination of findings from a large international study of Mexican academic and scientific mobility (ROMAC) supported by a grant from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).  The data collected for this  project included an online survey of current and past Mexican students studying internationally as well as over  two hundred interviews conducted in the 5 leading study destination countries for Mexican students. Yann coordinated the data collection in the UK as well as contributing to the design of the general analytical framework, with particular responsibility for the study of destination choices. The project was funded until December 2016.

Yann recently completed a  project with Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba (University of Sheffield) looking at current practice and perceptions of research collaboration among European social science researchers. In line with Yann’s previous research interests, this project explored the interactions between higher education policies, institutional strategies and academic practice from a sociological perspective.  Using the multilateral Open Research Area funding scheme as a case study, the project was a mixed method approach combining relational analysis and discourse analysis of projects’ principal investigators. Findings from this research have been presented at various European conferences (ECER 2012, SRHE 2012, CHER 2013) The project was completed in  2014. Yann and Vassiliki’s most recently co-authored research paper from the project was published by  the European Educational Research Journal.

Other recently completed research projects in the UK looked at the Social and Organizational Mediations of University Learning (ESRC-TLRP project), and at Regional perspectives on the role of higher education institutions in social transformation (ESRC-Funded). These collaborative projects generated a number of publications and presentations, including the book “Improving What is learned at university” (2010) which was awarded a prize and highly recommended by the Society for Educational Studies in November 2011.

Yann is a member of several education and development research networks, and a member of the editorial boards of Policy Reviews in Higher Education and of the British Journal of Sociology of Education. He was editor of the Journal of Higher Education in Africa (CODESRIA) until December 2011. He initiated and is coordinating a research group in EDU on Higher Education Research (RHES) which has met bimonthly and organised seminars since its creation in September 2008.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Lebeau teaches qualitative research methods as well as  international higher education policies at  both undergraduate and post graduate levels.  Yann also contributes to post-graduate training workshops  (policy analysis, qualitative data analysis). He was the course director of the Masters in Education at UEA until 2013 .  He currently supervises six students at doctoral level working on a range of educational policies in the UK and internationally.

Preferred area of research supervision:

Higher Education Global Governance

Higher Education and Development

Student Experience

Academic Identities