Helen Baxendale

DPhil in Public Policy Student (2016)

I grew up in rural Australia and completed my undergraduate degree in Politics and History at the Australian National University in Canberra.  I came to Oxford in 2014 to complete an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy, with a particular focus on the politics of social policy reform in advanced economies.

Before Oxford, I worked as a policy advisor and researcher to senior members of the Australian Parliament, and as a high school History and English teacher. 

My current research investigates school education reforms from an international comparative perspective.  I am especially interested in the rapid growth of alternative teacher training programs in a diverse set of countries, and the role of international organisations in disseminating particular policy models. 

For recreation - English weather permitting - I play cricket and tennis for the University of Oxford.

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