Chris Duke is a Visiting Professor with the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
Chris Duke is an Honorary Professor of Lifelong Learning within the Institute of Education at the University in Scotland, and holds a similar position at the University of Leicester in England. For 2002 to 2003 he was Director of Community and Regional Partnerships at RMIT, serving also for a few months as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Organisation Behaviour and Change.
Chri is currently the Executive Director of Pascal, the International Observatory on Place Management, Social Capital and Learning Regions, and a member of the OECD IMHE Project Team on the role of higher education institutions in regional development, serving as lead evaluator for NE England, Busan in Korea, and the Canaries region of Spain, also as co-author of the final synthesis report.
As a historian and subsequently sociologist Chris brings multi-disciplinary perspectives to bear on policy, planning and development issues across further and higher education and training or tertiary systems, and on the processes and problems involved in carrying out policy, using the insights of social sciences applied to organisational behaviour and change. He has worked in management roles in universities over a 35 year period and served as consultant and adviser on organisational change across all sectors throughout this time.
Chris has a particular interest in societal wider issues in relation to education to do with equity, social class, the relations between economic and social development, the role of community and social capital, along with participatory and comparative research and development methodologies used in these arenas. Present interests focus especially on notions of social learning, the learning region and participatory forms of planning and management. Much of his work is underpinned by linguistic and philosophical interest, and by the necessity to perceive and make connections in theory, while also making practical linkages via networks, alliances, and practice communities to get things done.
He has published widely and extensively across these arenas, including conventional refereed academic publications in journals, books and as monographs and edited volumes, and also in ways and places designed to reach a wider practitioner and public readership.
Chris has a first class honours degree in history from Cambridge, where he was a Major Open Scholar at Jesus College; a Cambridge PGCE and MA degree; a London PhD in history; and an Hon DLitt from Keimyung University, Republic of Korea.
Chris has worked for forty-five years in higher education institutions mainly in the UK and Australia, across the full spectrum from polytechnic institutions, new and modern universities, to research-led universities enjoying world standing – Auckland, the Australian National University (1969-1985), Greenwich (as the former Woolwich Polytechnic), Leeds, RMIT, Warwick (1985-1996), and Western Sydney Nepean.
Positions have included foundation Director and/or Professor of Continuing Education / Lifelong Learning at Auckland, ANU, Warwick and UWS Nepean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Warwick, and President of UWS Nepean.
From 2002 to 2005 he was Director Higher Education for NIACE, the UK national adult learners’ organisation, and for 2003-2005 Associate Director Adult Learning for Action on Access in England.
In addtion, Chris has held leadership positions in professional and non-governmental educational associations at all levels including:
- Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE Secretary-General and life member)
- International Council for Adult Education (ICAE Associate Secretary-General and life member)
- UK Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (formerly UACE, Secretary, Vice President and life member).
Chris has served on the Governing Bodies of Solihull College of Technology, the University of Warwick and UWS, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Council of the Tavistock Institute.
He has worked since the early 1970s as a consultant or expert to UNESCO and the OECD, mainly in higher and tertiary education policy and management, adult non-formal education and lifelong learning, and on occasion in work for the World Bank, ILO and EC. He enjoys a professional association spanning thirty years with the international division IIZ of the German Adult Education Association DVV.
Chris has served as rapporteur for published reports from many international conferences from the seventies onwards, including in recent times Karlstad Sweden (OECD, higher education and regional development), Gabarone Botswana (World Bank, Unesco and DVV on poverty and adult education), Pecs Hungary (DVV and others, university adult/continuing programmes in the new Europe), Beijing (ASPBAE, Unesco, DVV and the China AEA, 25 year review of adult education development). His work has involved him in a wide range of political, cultural and social systems in all regions of the world.
- Schuetze, H.,Duke, C. (2014). International-local visionary, policy advocate and formidable worker: the life, times and work of Jarl Bengtsson In: Journal of Adult Continuing Education, 20, 6 - 20
- Duke, C.,Osborne, M.,Wilson, B. (2013). A new imperative: Regions and higher education in difficult times, Manchester University Press, Manchester, United Kingdom
- Duke, C. (2013). Lost soul or new dawn? Lifelong learning lessons and prospects from East Asia In: Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 21, 72 - 88
- Duke, C. (2012). Lifelong learning and the autumn of Europeanization in Asia In: International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, 4, 17 - 34
- Duke, C. (2012). Networking and Partnerships: Another Road to Lifelong Learning In: International Handbook of Lifelong Learning (Second Edition), Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands
- Duke, C. (2012). The impact debate: Hazards of discourse in the UK In: Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 17, 115 - 129