Will Brehm

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Comparative and international education; global education policy; education and international development in Southeast Asia


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Dr. Will Brehm's research interrogates how comparative and international education intersects with international relations and the political economy of development, focused primarily on the Mekong sub-region of Southeast Asia. In his research, he has explored issues of educational privatization, regional identity making, community-based education, and the politics of knowledge production. He is author of Cambodia for Sale (Routledge 2021) and co-editor of Public Policy Innovation for Human Capital Development (APO 2020), Memory in the Mekong (Teachers College Press 2022), and Education and Power in Southeast Asia (Routledge 2023).

Dr. Brehm is also known for the podcast he created and hosts called FreshEd. The podcast focuses on new educational research and is a valuable teaching resource used in over 100 universities, reaching an audience in over 180 countries. Episodes have been downloaded almost 1 million times.

Research Areas:

  • The history of the field of comparative and international education.
  • Shadow education (also known as private supplementary tutoring) in Cambodia. 
  • Regional identity in the Mekong sub-region of Southeast Asia.
  • Interantional Institutions within global education policy.
  • Podcasting as pedagogy in higher education.
  • Alterantive schools in the Australian Capital Territory.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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