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BA (Economics), PGDipArt (Geography), PhD (Geography)

Senior Lecturer


Photo of Nave Wald for staff profileAbout Navé

I entered the field of higher education by chance working on a small research project, never left and made it my new academic home. I have a broad interest in many aspects of the field, although my research and teaching are mostly in the areas of assessment practice and critical thinking in higher education, as well as other topics such as student peer review and training students to be researchers.

I am mostly a qualitative researcher and I work on both empirical and conceptual and theoretical issues pertaining to both policy and practice. I am also a geographer with an interest in development studies, food politics and grassroots civil society, as well as having a background in economics. I aspire to bring critical social science skills and perspectives to the field of higher education. I teach qualitative research methods in higher education, writing critical literature reviews, and developing critical thinking in postgraduate research.\


I am happy to consider proposals from prospective postgraduate students wishing to work in the field of higher education. Please contact me to discuss ideas and options.

Current students

  • Natheeporn Keawkhong - PhD
  • Pingjing Liang - PhD
  • Paul Trani - MHEd

Past students

  • Lynette Murdoch – MHEd


Wald, N., & Harland, T. (2023). Austerity and its impact on the university [Roundtable]. Proceedings of the Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Annual Conference. Retrieved from

Liu, Q., Wald, N., Daskon, C., & Harland, T. (2023). Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) for higher-order cognition: Perspectives of university teachers. Innovations in Education & Teaching International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14703297.2023.2222715

Joseph Jeyaraj, J., & Wald, N. (2023). ‘I am surrounded by people who are not motivated to do research’: Harnessing collegiality for developing research active academics in a teaching-focused institution. Journal of Further & Higher Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/0309877X.2023.2200135

Wald, N., Harland, T., & Daskon, C. (2023). The gap statement and justification in higher education research: an analysis of published articles. European Journal of Higher Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/21568235.2023.2189132

Wald, N., Harland, T., & Daskon, C. (2023). Why we should rethink the method section in higher-education qualitative research. International Journal of Research & Method in Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1743727X.2023.2165642

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