Honorary Professor and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow
Cardiff University

He is Honorary Professor, School of Social Sciences and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, at the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data, and Methods. He is also Emeritus Professor of Comparative Education, the University of Nottingham, where he was UNESCO Chair of the Political Economy of Education; Senior Fellow, the China Policy Institute; and Acting-Director of the Institute of Asian Pacific Studies. He was Chair of the UK National Commission for UNESCO 2010-2013 and a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner for the UK 2002-2008. 

He has also been a Workers' Educational Association tutor-organizer and as a college lecturer. He is a Distinguished Professor of the International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Learned Society of Wales, and the Royal Historical Society; and is D.Sc. (hc) Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences. His current research is on the comparative political economy of education: especially Russia and China; civil society and the anthropology of knowledge; and international intellectual co-operation and cultural Cold War.

 


Journal Articles
Book review: The lands in between: Russia vs. the West and the new politics of hybrid war
Book review in Eurasian Geography and Economics journal. The lands in between: Russia vs. the West and the new politics of hybrid war by Mitchell A. Orenstein, New York, USA, Oxford University Press, 2019, ISBN 978-0-19-093614-3 The author is a professor of Russian and East...
Journal Articles
Play, Sport, and Dialogue as Pathways to Peace?
Peace Review 32(4) pp 434-440 How can play, sport, and dialogue may be used as pathways to peace? In the pioneering classic of cultural history, Homo Ludens, the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga describes play as an informal voluntary activity according to guided rules...
Journal Articles
Book review: Communist parties revisited: sociocultural approaches to party rule in the Soviet bloc 1956–1991
Eurasian Geography and Economics, 2021, ahead-of-print, 1-3 This is a valuable, informative, and timely book. The historical period it considers, 1956–1991, was one in which the communist parties of Central and Eastern Europe ruled, apparently as passive satellite...
Journal Articles
Peace Profile: Gilbert Murray
Peace Review 32(3) pp 401-408 The Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 has shown once again the fundamental importance of international co-operation, and especially on intellectual and scientific matters. How to achieve this and to make it effective have been central concerns of global...
Civil Society | March 2021
Journal Articles
The Digital Transformation of Russia - Digital Skills and its Potential
65 percent of children entering primary school today will work in employment that does not yet exist; and by 2022 approximately 22 percent of employment in the global economy will be created by digital technologies. 73 percent of company managers say they have serious...
July 2020
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Chinese Concepts of Learning: A Break from Tradition?
The characteristics of the Chinese learner together with opportunities for educational exchange continue to be of academic and policy interest. Chinese society is now more urban and outward looking than in the past, yet it retains the core of its cultural heritage and is...
April 2020
Higher Education Reform in China
This book provides a critical examination the challenges to the development and sustainability of higher education in China: Can its universities move from quantity to quality? How will so many graduates find jobs in line with their expectations? Can Britain and other...
January 2018
Chinese Higher Education Reform and Social Justice
In place of a distributive justice perspective which focuses simply on equal access to universities, this book presents a broader understanding of the relationship between Chinese higher education and economic and social change. The necessity for research on the place of...
December 2017
Journal Articles
‘E.M. Forster’s ‘The Machine Stops’: Humans, technology and dialogue'
The article explores E.M. Forster’s story The Machine Stops (1909) as an example of dystopian literature and its possible associations with the use of technology and with today’s cyber culture. Dystopian societies are often characterized by dehumanization and Forster’s novel...
February 2017
Reports and Briefings
Can Educational Initiatives Help Achieve Social Justice in China?
There has been an increase in debates regarding the Chinese education system’s inequality over the past years, relating it generally to China’s social inequality. This article discusses how the Chinese government’s educational policies can help develop a socially just system...
Education | November 2016
Books and Book Chapters
Buber and Education
After Buber’s death the appreciation of his considerable legacy to the various disciplines in which he had worked became rather muted, but was never completely forgotten. There is now a renewed and growing interest in Buber’s thought, especially in his philosophy of...
November 2016
Journal Articles
Fei Xiao Tong: A public intellectual in Communist China
The following article, which is intended to complement other assessments, focuses on a significant dimension to the legacy of the prominent Chinese anthropologist Fei Xiao Tong his role as a public intellectual in Communist China. It was a role which had its origins in...
December 2014
Cardiff Lunchtime Seminar The Politics of International Intellectual Cooperation
8th March 2022 |
Presented by Professor W. John Morgan, WISERD Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, and Civil Society research network. W. John Morgan was a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner for the United Kingdom, 2002-2008; and Chair of the United Kingdom National...
Seminar Book launch: Social Anthropologies of the Welsh: Past and Present
25th November 2021 |
In May 2019 Professor John Morgan, convened a joint symposium between the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), the Learned Society of Wales, The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, and WISERD. The outcome of that event is the new publication Social...
Conference Social Anthropologies of the Welsh: Past and Present
2nd May 2019 |
Cardiff
This evening lecture and one day symposium are organised jointly by the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Learned Society of Wales, The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, and the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data, and Methods...
Conference Social Anthropologies of the Welsh: Past and Present
1st May 2019 |
Cardiff
This evening lecture and one day symposium are organised jointly by the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Learned Society of Wales, The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, and the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data, and Methods...
Cardiff Lunchtime Seminar Civil Society, Social Change, and a New Popular Education in Russia
29th January 2019 |
Cardiff
Presented by John Morgan, Cardiff University and Dr Irina N. Trofimova, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia. This seminar is part of the Cardiff WISERD Lunchtime Seminar series. If you are an external guest, please contact us (029 2087 9338)...