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Allan Walker is Adjunct Research Chair Professor of International Educational Leadership and Co-Director of The Joseph Lau Luen Hung Charitable Trust Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (APCLC) at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). Previously he had served as Joseph Lau Chair Professor of International Educational Leadership, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Human Development and Director of APCLC. Prior joining the EdUHK, he has worked in universities in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong and has conducted leader development courses and/or research in America, Europe and across the Asia Pacific.

Allan has published extensively on educational administration and leadership; and school leadership development and learning. His work also explores the relationship between culture and school leadership. Allan serves on the editorial boards of the top ranked journals in his field and has published over 300 books and articles with international publishers and in the world’s most prestigious academic journals. His recent research focuses on expanding knowledge of school leadership in Chinese and other Asian societies and disseminating this internationally. Allan has also acted as a consultant/advisor on large-scale research and development activities in countries including China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Canada, the US, South Africa, Chile, New Zealand and Australia.

He is known internationally for his passion for school leadership, innovative approaches to leader development and the promotion of leader control and accountability for their own professional learning. In 2010 Allan was made a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leadership for his contribution to educational leadership research and development globally, but especially in South and Southeast Asia. In 2011, he was awarded an endowed chair professorship by The Education University of Hong Kong in recognition of his outstanding research and academic achievements in international educational leadership. In 2015, he was awarded the Edwin M. Bridges Award by the University Council of Educational Administration in recognition of his significant contribution to the preparation and development of school leaders. He has won six General Research Fund grants and twenty other competitive research and development grants.


汪雅量教授學術論著甚富,於教育行政與領導,及學校領才學習與發展外,汪教授亦曾研究領導學習文化對學校領才之影響。汪教授出任多份教育領導國資際學術期刊編輯委員,亦於國際學術期刊及出版社發表、編著超過300份學術論文及著作。 汪教授近期研究專注拓展中國、亞太以至全球教育領導的知識基礎。汪教授亦於本港及世界各地不同機構出任顧問。曾於中國、臺灣、星加坡、馬來西亞、泰國、越南、菲律賓、印尼、挪威、芬蘭、荷蘭、德國、瑞典、瑞士、英國、加拿大、美國、南非、智利、新西蘭及澳洲等地推展領才學習及發展課程,研究領才發展。

汪雅量教授對學校領導研究充滿熱誠,有關創新的學校領才發展思維、以及學校領袖如何自決自身專業發展和學習的研究及發展工作享譽國際。公元二零一零年,汪雅量教授獲澳洲教育領導議會頒受資深研究員榮銜,以表揚汪教授對全球、尤其是東亞及東南亞教育領導研究與發展的貢獻。翌年,汪雅量教授獲香港教育大學頒受冠名國際教育領導講座教授銜,用以表彰汪教授在國際教育領導教研的傑出成就。公元二零一五零年,汪雅量教授獲「教育行政大學議會」(University Council of Educational Administration) 頒授「布瑞傑玆獎」(The Edwin M. Bridges Award)殊榮,以肯定其在教育領袖培訓及專業發展的重大貢獻。 汪雅量教授曾六次榮獲香港研究資助局資助,並曾二十多次獲不同的國際教育科研機構撥款,開展學校教育領導研究。

Research interests

Educational Leadership

Comparative Educational Leadership

Curriculum Leadership

Leader Development

Education & Development

School Effectiveness and School Improvement

School Organization and Educational Administration

Education and Politics

Qualitative Methods

External Appointments

Co-director and Board Members of Trustees

  • University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA): Centre for the Study of Leadership and Ethics (CSLE)

International Education Consultant

  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, CHILE (2018-present)
  • ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council), UK (2013-14)
  • Task Force on Setting Up Principals Institute, Education Bureau, HKSAR Government (2010)
  • Mini-Master in Education Management program for the Thai Ministry of Education (2009)
  • An International Research and Training Programme entitled ‘Quality Improvement and Strengthening of Training Capacity in Educational Administration and Management in Vietnam’ by Netherlands School of Educational Management in collaboration with Department of Educational Administration and Policy, CUHK. (2003-04)
  • A Research project entitled ‘Perspectives on the Leadership of Schools with Substantial Number of Ethnic Minority Students in the East Midlands’ by Centre for Educational Leadership and Management by University of Leicester, UK (2003-04)

International Fellow

  • International Fellow of Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, School of Education, University of Glasgow, UK (since 2013)

Research Fellow

  • National College for School Leadership, Nottingham, UK (since 2003)

Honorary Professor

  • Guizhou Education University (June 2019 – June 2024)
  • Fudan University (June 2010 – May 2015)
  • East China Normal University. (June 2010 – May 2015).

Adjunct Professor

  • Griffith Institute for Educational Research, Griffith University, Australia (since 2013)
  • University of Canberra, Australia (since 2014)

Distinguished Overseas Professor

  • The Collaborative Innovation Center for National Education Policy-making (CICNEP), The Chinese Mainland (April 2014 - March 2017)

Distinguished Professor

  • Faculty of Education, Guangxi Normal University, The Chinese Mainland (December 2018 - December 2023)

Guest Professor and Senior Research Fellow

  • Centre for Global Studies of Educational Leadership and Collaboration of Department of Educational Management, East China Normal University, The Chinese Mainland (December 2019 - December 2022)

Guest Professor

  • Yunnan Normal University, The Chinese Mainland (December 2019 - December 2022)


  • Board of Australian International School Hong Kong (2018-2019)

Advisory Committee Member / Advisory Board Member

  • Research Project, Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Global Network of Scholars and Leaders of Rethinking Teacher Education, The University of New Castle, Australia
  • Faculty of Education, Nanjing Normal University, China
  • National Excellence in School Leadership Institute (NESLI)

Education Panel / External Review Panel Member

  • Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2014 of HKSAR Government University Grant Committee, HKSAR Government
  • Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2006 of HKSAR Government University Grant Committee, HKSAR Government
  • 5-Year Strategic Plan (2016/17 - 2020/21) Review Tung Wah College, Hong Kong

Selection Panel Member

  • The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), Research Grants Council, Hong Kong

Education Consultant

  • Research Grants Council (RGC) Earmarked Grant application (2001-02)
  • Education and Manpower Bureau, HKSAR Government Working Group on the Professional Development of Principals (2001-02)
  • Stewards Pooi Kei College
  • Christian and Missionary Alliance Sun Kei Secondary School
  • PLK Laws Foundation College
  • PLK Luk Hing Too Primary School
  • Wong Tai Sin District Secondary School Heads Association

Executive Committee

  • The EdUHK Schools Limited (The EdUHK Jockey Club Primary School and The EdUHK HSBC Early Childhood Learning Centre) (Till June 2020)

Committee Member

  • English Schools Foundation (ESF) Board's Nomination Committee (Till June 2020)

Developer and Organizer

  • Blue Water: Principals’ Self-assessment Scheme

An innovative self-reflection guide for individual and groups of principals at all levels of experience

  • Serving principals Needs Analysis Programme (in English and Chinese)

A professional learning programme designed specifically for school leaders

(Programme is tendered by Education Bureau, HKSAR Government)

  • Needs Analysis for Aspiring Principals Programme

An integral component of a broader policy designed to improve both the performance and preparedness of future school leaders in HK

(Programme is tendered by Education Bureau, HKSAR Government)

  • Structured ongoing professional learning and support scheme for beginning principals in Hong Kong

(Programmes are tendered by Education Bureau, HKSAR Government)

  • Structured ongoing professional learning and support scheme for leaders (Middle Leaders and School Principals) in international schools

(Programmes are commissioned by English Schools Foundation, Hong Kong)

External Assessor

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Harvard University (2012)
  • University College London
  • University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Appointment and Promotion for Principal’s Institute, Faculty of Education, Universiti Malaya
  • Appointment and Promotion for UCL, United Kingdom
  • Appointment and Promotion for University of Melbourne
  • Appointment and Promotion for University of Oklahoma
  • Appointment and Promotion for The Open University of Israel
  • Degree of Master in Principalship, University of Malaya

External Examiner

  • University of Toronto (OISE) (PhD Thesis) Canada
  • University of Leicester (EdD Thesis) United Kingdom
  • University of Bristol (EdD Thesis) United Kingdom
  • University of East Anglia (PhD Thesis) United Kingdom
  • Nottingham Trent University (PhD Thesis) United Kingdom
  • BI Norwegian School of Management (PhD Thesis) Norway
  • Nanyang Technological University (PhD Thesis) Singapore
  • The University of Sydney (EdD Thesis) Australia
  • University of Canberra (PhD Thesis) Australia
  • University of Southern Queensland (PhD Thesis) Australia
  • University of New South Wales (PhD Thesis) Australia
  • University of Nottingham (PhD Thesis) United Kingdom
  • University of Queensland (PhD Thesis) Australia
  • University of Western Australia (EdD Thesis) Australia
  • Monash University (PhD Thesis) Australia
  • University of Melbourne (PhD & EdD Thesis) Australia
  • Queensland University of Technology (EdD Thesis) Australia
  • Massey University (EdD Thesis) New Zealand
  • Mahidol University (PhD Thesis)
  • University of Malaya (PhD Thesis)
  • University of Hong Kong (PhD Thesis) Hong Kong
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (PhD Thesis & EdD Thesis) Hong Kong

Editorial Board Member

  • Chief Editor, Journal of Educational Administration (2011-2017)
  • Associate Editor, Discover Education
  • Session Editor, Research in Educational Administration and Leadership (Turkey)
  • Journal of School Leadership (USA)
  • The Journal of Research on Leadership Education (USA)
  • International Journal of Educational Management (USA/UK)
  • Values and Ethics in Educational Administration (USA / Canada)
  • Journal of Authentic Leadership in Education (USA/ Canada)
  • International Journal of Educational Reform (USA)
  • Leadership and Policy in Schools (USA)
  • School Leadership and Management (UK)
  • Educational Management Administration & Leadership (UK)
  • The International Journal of Leadership in Education (UK)
  • Journal of Educational Research & Perspectives (Australia) (serve as a member of the advisory board)
  • Technology and Education
  • EDUCATION 3-13: The Professional Journal for Primary Education (UK)
  • Research in Educational Administration and Leadership (Turkey)
  • Sustainable Education and Leadership in Digital Era (SELDE) (Turkey)
  • Iranian Journal of Higher Education Leadership (Iran)
  • Multicultural Education Review (USA/ South Korea)
  • ECNU Review of Education (China)
  • Educational Administration Review (China)
  • Education Journal (serve as an Advisory Editor) (Hong Kong)
  • New Horizons in Education (Hong Kong)
  • Gateways to Leadership Learning (Hong Kong)

Reviewing Board Member – Academic Books

  • Sage
  • Routledge-Falmer
  • Springer
  • Paul Chapman
  • Thomas Nelson
  • Prentice-Hall

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation


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