Dr Aline Courtois

UCL Institute of Education

Aline Courtois is a Research Associate on CGHE’s global higher education engagement research programme.

Aline is a graduate of University College Dublin and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She previously worked at Hibernia College Dublin, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Sciences Po Lille and the National University of Ireland under the NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Post-doctoral Fellowship.

Aline’s PhD examined the education of Irish elites. Using a critical sociological lens, it detailed how class privilege is embodied individually and collectively through schooling and analysed the social construction of charisma, leadership and moral legitimacy in Ireland’s most significant private schools.

In 2014 she was awarded a National University of Ireland Fellowship for her project ‘The significance of international mobility in student strategies at third level’, which examined international student mobility as a risk management strategy in the current context of marketisation and professionalisation of higher education.

She has also been researching the casualisation of work in Irish higher education with Dr Theresa O’Keefe of University College Cork and is a member of the Research Network on the Transformation of the Elites (SEC, Uppsala University – CESSP/CNRS-EHESS, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne).

CGHE research projects

  • Local and global public good contributions of higher education: a comparative study in six national systems
  • Internationalisation of higher education as a public good: a comparative study in four national systems

Recent select publications

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