Karen Mundy

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Dr. Karen Mundy is a Professor at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)[1] and the Director Designate of UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP).[2]

How their work relates to education systems

Mundy is a leading expert on education in the developing world. Her work has covered the global politics of “education for all”; educational policy and reform in Sub-Saharan Africa; the role of civil society organizations in educational change; and global education in Canadian schools.[3]

Mundy has published six books and more than five dozen articles and book chapters, and she is a contributor to dozens of policy papers and reports. She has won the George Bereday Award for best article in the Comparative Education Review on two separate occasions (1998, 2015).[4]

Brief biography

Mundy began her professional career as a teacher in rural Zimbabwe, and became an assistant professor, international and comparative education at Stanford University.[5] Mundy joined the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, where she was a Canada Research Chair (2002-2012), the Associate Dean of Research and Innovation (2012-2014), and the director of the Comparative, International and Development Education Centre (CIDEC), which hosts Canada’s largest graduate degree in this area (2002-2011).[3]

She was also the President of the Comparative and International Education Society (2014-2015).[6]

In 2014, Mundy was appointed the Chief Technical Officer at the Global Partnership for Education.[5] At GPE, she led the development of GPE’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020, its Gender Equality Strategy, its Results Framework, Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy (2015-2020), and the publication of GPE’s first two Results Reports.[4] She also built GPE’s Education Policy and Performance Team from scratch, which is dedicated to supporting knowledge exchange, policy learning, quality assurance and evaluation for the members of the partnership.[3]

Mundy has a Ph.D. in sociology of education and an M.A. in adult education (specialization in comparative education), both from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.[4]

Mundy is also a member of the RISE Intellectual Leadership Team.[7]

Key publications related to education systems

  • Mundy, K., & Murphy, L. (2001). Transnational Advocacy, Global Civil Society? Emerging Evidence from the Field of Education. Comparative Education Review, 45(1), 85–126. https://doi.org/10.1086/447646
  • Mundy, K. (1998). Educational Multilateralism and World (Dis)Order. Comparative Education Review, 42(4), 448–478. https://doi.org/10.1086/447523
  • Robertson, S., Mundy, K, & Verger, A. (eds). (2012). Public private partnerships in education : new actors and modes of governance in a globalizing world. Cheltenham, UK Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  • Mundy, K., Green, A., Lingard, B. & Verger, A. (2016). The handbook of global education policy. Chichester, UK; Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Mundy, K., & Verger, A. (2015). The World Bank and the global governance of education in a changing world order. International Journal of Educational Development, 40, 9–18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2014.11.021

See also


  1. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. "Karen Mundy."https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/lhae/Faculty/1509/Karen_Mundy.html Accessed 2021-08-31.
  2. UNESCO Director-General. 2021, August 10. "Directrice de l’Institut international de l’UNESCO pour la planification de l’éducation (IIPE)." https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000378499.locale=en
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Karen Mundy - Global Governance and Education Change. Karen Mundy. https://karenmundy.com/
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Karen Mundy. Results for Development. https://r4d.org/about/our-team/karen-mundy/
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Dr. Karen Mundy Appointed Chief Technical Officer at the Global Partnership for Education". 2014. Global Partnership for Education. https://www.globalpartnership.org/news/dr-karen-mundy-appointed-chief-technical-officer-global-partnership-education
  6. CIES. "Past CIES Presidents." https://www.cies.us/page/CIESPresidents Accessed 2021-08-31.
  7. Karen Mundy. Research on Improving Systems of Education.https://riseprogramme.org/people/karen-mundy