Vision Statement

The Center for Research on International Education fosters and supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research on international education in its diversity, while honouring commitments to educational equity and social justice.  

The Centre seeks to become a leading source for research in international education in British Columbia, Canada, and internationally.

The CRIE team represents the diverse range of inquiry performed at the Centre.


Dr. Kumari Beck, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

My primary area of research is internationalization of higher education; my research interests span international education, internationalization of curriculum, social education, anti-racist and multicultural education, globalization, postcolonial theory, pedagogy in post-secondary institutions, and the ethics of care.  I am interested in how the experiences of those who participate in international education and internationalization processes can inform ways in which we understand and practice internationalization. The courses I teach reflect these diverse and inter-related interests: intercultural and international education, contemporary issues in curriculum, multicultural and anti-racist education, the politics of difference, secondary social studies, and teaching for social justice (with the Professional Development Program).

Areas of research interest:

  • International education
  • Internationalization of high education
  • International teacher education
  • International development & development education
  • Global education
  • Globalization
  • Postcolonial thought
  • Multiculturalism & anti-racist education
  • Social issues in education
  • Social justice and teacher education
  • The ethics of care


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Dr. Roumiana Ilieva, Associate Professor,  ESL Education, Faculty of Education Areas of Research Interest

  • Sociocultural, poststructural, critical, ecological, and psychoanalytical perspectives on second language learning, pedagogy, and curriculum
  • The integration of immigrant, minority, and international students and teachers in educational settings
  • Teacher education and language teacher identities
  • Culture(s) and cultural instruction in second language classrooms, culture in instructional materials
  • Internationalizing higher education, viewing internationalization through a sustainability lens
  • Heritage languages in the public school system: Mandarin as a second language in high schools in Vancouver
  • The place of multimodality in language programs for immigrant and refugee youth


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Bonnie Waterstone

Bonnie Waterstone was a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and Coordinator of the International M.Ed. Program. Her research examines issues in academic literacy teaching/learning, particularly with students who use English as an additional language or others who lack cultural/social capital that ensures success in postsecondary education. Her research interests include academic literacy, critical and poststructural theories of language and identity, sociocultural perspectives on language-learning, and the internationalization of higher education. Her research is informed by experiences in language teacher education in the Middle East and past community-based adult and popular education with immigrant, Aboriginal, and poverty advocacy groups.

Paula E. N. Sales, Visiting Research Student

Paula Sales has an undergraduate degree in Linguistics (Federal University of Minas Gerais/UFMG - Brazil, 2003) and a Master's degree in Education (Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais - Brazil, 2010). Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Program in Education at UFMG and a visiting PhD student at Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Education. She has received a scholarship from the Brazilian Ministry of Education (Committee for Postgraduate Courses in Higher Education - CAPES). Her professional experience includes teaching a postgraduate course in Educational Management (UFMG); she held a teaching and research position at the Support Centre for Distance Education (CAED/UFMG). She has also worked as a research assistant on various projects related to education and public policy in Brazil. Her research interests include Educational Transition, Higher Education, and Vocational Education. Since she is an international student at SFU and has Higher Education as a theme of her doctoral research, she is excited to be participating in the research being conducted by CRIE on the internationalization of higher education. 

Former Researchers and Graduate Students

Camila Miranda, Masters student

Camila Miranda is a Masters student in Teaching English as an Additional Language in the Faculty of Education at SFU. She is interested in internationalization of higher education, teaching and learning English as a second language, and gender and sexuality issues in education. Camila earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropolgy from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Brazil. She is a certified (Cambridge CELTA) ESL teacher and has taught English as a second language for more than six years. Her backgound in Humanities and her experience with language are pivotal to her understanding of internationalization of education.

Zhihua (Olivia) Zhang, Ph.D. Candidate

Zhihua (Olivia) Zhang is a Ph.D. Candidate in Languages, Cultures & Literacies in the Faculty of Education at SFU. Her dissertation research focuses on the learning narratives of Chinese international students and how they construct and negotiate identities while navigating their journeys of international education. She is also interested in internationalization of higher education, teaching and learning English as a second language, and narrative inquiry. As a landed immigrant in Canada, she identifies herself as an international student, and this status offers her particular insights to her job as a research assistant with projects on internationalization of higher education. Olivia Zhang earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Language and Literature in Hebei Normal University, China, where she also holds a position as an Associate Professor. Olivia is also a freelance English/Mandarin Chinese translator and interpreter. 

Chelsey Laird, Visiting Research Scholar

Chelsey is an Ed.D student in the Educational Leadership (Post-Secondary) in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests currently include the internationalization of higher education, third space international student services, and Chelsey has earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Arts in Global Studies from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Chelsey has been a practitioner of international education  from coast to coast in Canada. She started her career at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL and is currently the Global Engagement Coordinator at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC.

Jas Uppal,  Ph.D. Candidate

Jas Uppal is a Ph.D. Candidate in Curriculum, Theory and Implementation in the Faculty of Education at SFU. Her dissertation research focuses on the experiences of pre-service teachers in a study abroad program. She is also interested in curriculum and pedagogical approaches in teacher education, science education and intercultural bridging. Jas has earned a Bachelor of Science and Education at UBC in Cell Biology and Science Education, respectively, and a Master of Arts in School Effectiveness and School Improvement from the Institute of Education (University of London) in the U.K. . Jas’s  facilitation/teaching experience includes over 12 years of developing professional development for experienced teachers in the U.K., leading intercultural bridging programs in teacher education at SFU, and as a sessional instructor of science education. She started her career as a science teacher in Surrey School District and is currently the Mentorship Helping Teacher in the Surrey School District. She strongly believes in collaborative, consultative, and constructive working relationships colleagues to support student learning in all contexts.

Jiasi Yao, Visiting PhD Student

Jiasi Yao has an undergraduate degree in English and International Economic Law (Dalian University of Foreign Languages, China, 2000) and a Master degree in TESOL (University of Warwick, UK, 2005). Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Education of Henan University, China, and a visiting PhD student from September 2016 to July 2017, at the Faculty of Education of Simon Fraser University. Her research interests focus on the internationalization of higher education, especially the internationalization of curriculum. As a landed immigrant, she is also interested in comparative education between Canada and the Chinese education environment, in which she has grown up herself. She has been teaching English at college level for eight years in Beijing University of Chemical Technology and published several books on oral English learning, business English, as well as English learning books for children in China. She is strongly attracted by the research project of CRIE on the internationalization of higher education and is actively participating in them.

Laura Knijnik Baumvol, Visiting PhD Student

Laura Knijnik Baumvol is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Linguistics at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, and a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Education of Simon Fraser University from January, 2017 to January, 2018. Her dissertation focuses on the use of English in Higher Education and language policies for the internationalization of education. She is also interested in the implementation of content and language integrated learning in Higher Education, learning and teaching of Additional Languages and teacher education. Laura has earned a Bachelor of Law, an undergraduate degree in English/Portuguese and a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She is a certified (Cambridge CELTA) EAL teacher with over 20 years of experience in the field. Laura has been working at post-secondary education for 6 years and has been active in the development of institutional internationalization strategies. She strongly advocates for improvement in the quality of education by the use of Additional Languages to foster knowledge socialization around the globe.