Milton Obamba

Milton Obamba


I earned the MPhil degree in international and comparative education from the Norsk Laererakademiet Universitet in Bergen (Norway) before receiving the PhD in international higher education policy and development from Leeds Beckett University in 2011.

During and after graduate studies, I pursued advanced research training and practice at the international level as visiting research fellow in various universities; including Nordiska Afrika Institutet (University of Uppsala), Amsterdam Institute Metropolitan and Development Studies (University of Amsterdam), Centre for African Studies (University of Leiden), CERES (Utrecht University), University of Monash (Australia), and Carnegie Research Institute at Leeds Beckett University.

Prior to joining Leeds as Fellow in international education policy and leadership, I was Lecturer at the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) University of Central Lancashire. I have also served as Visitng Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University and Research Associate at Edge Hill University.

Here at Leeds, I provide teaching and module leadership across a range of modules and courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am also Program Leader for the forthcoming premium MA Leadership, Policy and Digital Education.


  • Academic Lead for Employability
  • Program Director, MA Digital Education and Leadership

Research interests

Drawing on an interdisciplinary background, my areas of research expertise span international and comparative education, international higher education policy and development, policy analysis, internationalization, educational leadership and governance, quantitative and qualitative research methods, educational effectiveness studies, as well as the interface between education and sustainable global development.

I have gained international research experience focusing on education policy and development with a focus on less economically developed regions. Over the last decade, I have led or participated in various international research projects commissioned by leading international organizations. In 2017, I completed a multi-country study to examine the structure, policies, and practices of doctoral training at leading universities across six African countries to advice the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) on their current mission to reform and revitalize doctoral education across African countries (read the final report).

I was also lead Advisor to the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) with remit to lead a research project commissioned under CODESRIA’s African Diaspora Support for African Universities program (2016-2017). The study investigated the development and governance of transnational research and knowledge exchange initiatives between the North and South using case studies from Uganda and Kenya (see book chapter).

In 2013-2014, I was co-Principal Investigator in a multi-country research project in Uganda, Kenya, and Ghana commissioned by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to conduct a thematic mapping of research and innovation systems, practices, and policies and their interface with national development policy. This was part of OECD’s flagship program on Innovation Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD) (read the synthesis report). During the same period, I was also co-Principal Investigator commissioned by UK Department for International Development (DFID) to conduct a systematic mapping and political economy analysis of the social science research landscape and capacities in Kenya as part of technical advice to the DFID’s strategy towards establishing the East African Research Hub (see the final report).

My earlier research includes country lead Investigator under the Mobilizing Regional Capacities Research Program (2010-2011) implemented across 12 African countries and commissioned by UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Association of African Universities (view a copy of our edited book).

I am open and delighted to explore opportunities for world-leading collaborative research and external engagement spanning these interdisciplinary domains at the national and international levels.

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