Josef Ploner

Dr Josef Ploner

Lecturer in International Education

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

+44 (0) 1482 466765

Josef is a lecturer in international education with a keen interest in international student mobilities, and diversity, equality and cultural change in higher education.

His other main area of expertise encompasses travel, tourism and heritage as sites of learning, ideological contest and memory formation.


Research Interests

  • International student mobilities and cultural diversity in higher education
  • Social in/exclusion and participation in international higher education
  • Travel and tourism as sites of learning, ideological contest and memory formation
  • Learning (and teaching) through heritage and cultural events
  • Intercultural constructions of childhood and youth

Research groups

  • Convenor of the 'Mobility and Migration' Research Group, Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education 
  • Richard Hoggart Centre, Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

  • Associate Researcher, Culture, Place and Policy Institute

  • International Consortium Member, GRACE – Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe



Guan, S. & Ploner, J. (2018) The influence of cultural capital and mianzi (face) on mature students’ orientation towards higher education in China. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education,DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2018.1490999 (e-copy ahead of print) 

Ploner, J. (2018) International students’ transitions to UK Higher Education – revisiting the concept and practice of academic hospitality. Journal of Research in International Education. (e-copy ahead of print)

Cevic-Compiengne, B. and Ploner, J. (2018) 'Gallipoli revisited – transnational and transgenerational memory among Turkish and Sikh communities in Australia'. In: Marschall, S., Ed., Memory, Migration and Travel. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 85 – 103.

Ploner, J. (2017) 'Resilience, Moorings and international student mobilities in the UK'. Mobilites, 12(3), pp. 425 - 444.

Kakos, M. and Ploner, J. (2016) '(Im)mobility, ‘Hard to Reach communities’ and the practice of citizenship education'. In: Kakos, M.; Müller-Hofstede and Ross, A. (2016), Eds., Beyond Us versus Them. Citizenship Education with hard to reach learners in Europe, Frankfurt: BPB & Verlagshaus Zarbock, Frankfurt/Main, pp.33-48

Ploner, J. and Naef, P. (2016) 'Tourism, conflict and contested heritage in former Yugoslavia'. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 14(3), pp. 1-8.

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Advanced perspectives in educational research
  • Specialist research in professional contexts
  • Ethical and philosophical frameworks in educational research
  • Undertaking critical empirical research
  • International and intercultural perspectives on education (MA Education)
  • Academic support tutor (Inclusion and Special Needs)
  • MA Dissertation support and supervision
  • International constructions of childhood (BA Education and Childhood Studies)
  • Undergraduate Dissertation support and supervision

Research PhDs

Dr Ploner welcomes applications in

  • International and transnational Higher Education
  • Diversity, inclusion and participation in Higher Education
  • Travel and tourism as sites of education and learning
  • Learning and participation through heritage and cultural events
  • Social constructions and cultural representations of childhood and youth

Completed PhDs

  • Erica Lau (2017) Transnational higher education in Hong Kong: developing transnational and intercultural communities of practice (with C. Montgomery)
  • Alys Mendus (2017) A rhizomatic edge-ucation. Searching for the ideal school through school tourism and performative auto-ethnographic-we (with Max Hope)

Current PhD supervisions

First supervision

  • Lee Fallin (EdD) The academic library in transition: concepts and uses of library space
  • Barbara Grabher (PhD) Gendering Cities of Culture – the production of cultures of gender equality in Donostia/San Sebastian ECC 2016 & Hull 2017
  • Martha Kember (EdD): Disability and disablism in higher education – training, policies and experiences

Second supervision

  • Safyah Aldayel (PhD) The use of wiki technology for self-regulated learning in Saudi Arabia
  • Mary Cryan (EdD) School-aged mothers: education, stigma and transition
  • Ally Dunhill (EdD) The UN convention of children's rights - a critical discourse analysis
  • Alexandra Jones (EdD) The social and political construction of the ‘disadvantaged pupil’ in UK secondary education
  • Mike Parker (EdD) Attrition and resilience among undergraduate nursing students
  • Katie Parsons (PhD): Spaces of outdoor education, health and wellbeing in a City of Culture

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate In Academic Practice (P-CAP) (2017)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MA Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna (2003)
  • PhD Tourism and Heritage Studies, Leeds Beckett University (2011)

External roles

  • Co-Editor, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change (Taylor & Francis) 

  • External Examiner, MA International Education Programme, Department of Education, University of Bath

  • Co-convenor of the International Research and Researchers (IRR) Network, Society of Research in Higher Education (SRHE)

Awards and accolades

  • Hull UK City of Culture (Learning and Participation) Formal and informal uses of 'culture' in primary and secondary schools in Hull, UK City of Culture 2017 (with Dr Lisa Jones) (£9950)
  • Balance Network (via EPSRC) Digital Scholars in a Mobile World: exploring work-life balance in academic lifeworlds (with Dr Anastasia Gouseti) (£1909)
  • British Council Researcher Links (Newton Fund): Internationalisation of Higher Education: Developing values-based intercultural research approaches. Early career researcher workshop, Bangkok, January 2016 (£1000)
  • British Council: Educational Dialogue and Transformational Learning in STEM Subjects. Mobility grant for research workshop in Monterrey, Mexico, February 2015, (£1200)
  • EU ERASMUS+ Staff Training Mobility: Study and academic exchange visit to Magisterio La Inmaculada, Institute of Education, University of Granada, May 2015 (£1500)
  • Roberts Funding: Operationalising postgraduate research: real journeys, real voices, digital worlds. PGR research conference, University of Hull, June 2015 (with Dr Anastasia Gouseti) (£2000)
  • UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA): Fostering intercultural understanding and building cross-cultural capability through learning in multicultural communities, 2011 (with Viv Caruana, Leeds Beckett University)
  • Higher Education Academy’s subject network of Anthropology, Sociology, Politics (C-SAP) research grant: Students’ ‘resilient thinking’ in diverse higher education learning environment, 2011 (with Dr Viv Caruana, Leeds Beckett University)
  • Equality Challenge Unit UK: Internationalisation and Equality and Diversity in Higher Education: Merging Identities. A critical review, 2010, (with Dr Viv Caruana, Leeds Beckett University)