Wei Wei

PhD Candidate


Wei Wei is a PhD Candidate in the Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies stream, working under the supervision of Dr. Marianne Larsen. Her research interests include educational administration, school leadership, education policy analysis, and comparative and international education. She has received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) (2017) to support her study.

Wei has been working on various research projects with faculty professors and researchers both within Western University and across institutions. As a Research Assistant, she has worked on several research projects funded by SSHRC, the Ontario Principal Council, and the Ontario Ministry of Education. These projects include suspension/expulsion evaluation (with Dr. Katina Pollock and Dr. Brenton Faubert), principals’ and vice-principals’ work in Ontario (with Dr. Katina Pollock and Dr. Fei Wang), the translation of leadership standards across Canada (with Dr. Augusto Riveros), and policy layer enactment (with Dr. Katina Pollock and Dr. Sue Winton).

Adopting a lens of policy transfer, Wei’s PhD thesis looks at the enactment of leadership standards in China. Under a global policy convergence, one dominant register is the standardization of school leadership through education policies that regulate school leaders’ responsibilities. Recognizing this global trend, China introduced the Professional Standards for Compulsory Schools Principals (hereafter the Standards) (Ministry of Education, 2013). Interested in the global flows of education policy ideas, Wei attempts to explore how the Standards is translated and put into practice by Chinese principals in real school contexts. Her work also contributes to the literature on the politics of educational transfer, and the adaptation and recontextualization of global policy agenda.

Connect with Wei:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wei-wei-23083776/

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Wei_Wei197


Wei, W. (2018). [Review of the book Policy transfer and educational change, by D. Scott, M. Terano, R. Slee, C. Husbands & R. Wilkins], Canadian Journal of Educational Administration, 186, 13-16.

Wei, W. (2017) “Education policy borrowing: professional standards for school leaders in China”, Chinese Education & Society, 50(3), 181-202

Riveros, A., Verret, C. & Wei, W. (2016), “The Translation of leadership standards into leadership practices: A qualitative analysis of the adoption of the Ontario Leadership Framework in urban schools”, Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 54 (5), p. 593-608