Prof. Ronald G Sultana

Prof. Ronald G Sultana

Prof. Ronald G Sultana

  B.A.(Hons.),P.G.C.E.,Dip.Guid.&Couns.(R'dg.),Dip.Rel.Stud.,Ph.D.(Waik.),Honorary Doctorate(Queb.)


Room 226
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2936, +356 21 338126
Ronald G. Sultana is a Professor of Educational Sociology and Comparative Education at the University of Malta, where he directs the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research (EMCER). He has studied education in Malta, the UK and New Zealand, and was Fulbright Fellow at Stanford University (USA). He is the founding editor of the Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, which now includes a special thematic series published by Brill. He also represents the region on the editorial board of several international journals of education. Professor Sultana is the author or editor of 40 volumes, and has published over a 120 articles and chapters in refereed journals and books. His research has taken him to the Mediterranean, Africa and Europe, and he has been an advisor to many international agencies (including UNESCO, UNICEF, GIZ, the Commonwealth Secretariat), the EU, and various Ministries of Education. His work relates to educational innovation and the linkages between education and work, including career guidance. In 2020 Laval University (Quebec) awarded Professor Sultana with a Doctorate Honoris Causa in recognition of his "exemplary and outstanding achievement and influence in one of the disciplinary fields taught at Laval”.

Flyer re activity in career guidance:
Full list of publications:

Latest with Routledge:
"Career Guidance for Emancipation: Reclaiming Justice for the Multitude" (2019) and
"Career Guidance for Social Justice: Contesting Neoliberalism" (2018) (both ce-edited with T. Hooley & R. Thomsen);
"Education in the Arab World: Political Projects, Struggles, and Geometries of Power" (2010) (co-edited with A.E. Mazawi)

Latest with Sense/Brill:
"Educational Scholarship across the Mediterranean: A Celebratory Retrospective" (2021)(co-edited with M. Buhagiar);
"Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning Across the Mediterranean: Challenging Transitions in South Europe and the MENA Region" (2017);
"Private Tuition across the Mediterranean Region" (2013)(co-edited with M. Bray & A.E. Mazawi);
"Educators of the Mediterranean: Up Close and Personal" (2011).

Address for correspondence: EMCER, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080, Malta. Tel. +356.21338126; e-mail:
  • Comparative education
  • Careers guidance
  • Educational sociology
  • Innovation policy
  • qualitative research
  • Teacher training
  • equity and social justice
  • DOC6002 - Preparing for the Viva
  • EDS5004 - Research Component A: Preparing for the Dissertation
  • EDS5023 - Becoming a Professional Teacher and Researcher
  • EDV5016 - Career Pathways in Education and Work
  • EMC5701 - Key Debates in Comparative Education
  • EMC5702 - Research Methods in Comparative Education
  • EMC5704 - Specialisation Programme 1
  • EMC5707 - Policy-making in Education
Honours and Awards

2020: Doctorate Honoris Causa, Université Laval (Quebec)
2014: Visiting Professor, University of Reykjavik.
2013: Member of of the European Policy Network on School Leadership (Lyon, France).
2012: Member of the Editorial Board of the UNESCO-IIEP series Fundamentals of Educational Planning.
2012: Member of the advisory board of the ESRC-funded LLAKES project, Institute of Education, University of London.
2011: Member of NESET, an EU-funded network of social scientists in education.
2010: Visiting Professor, Comparative Education Research Centre, University of Hong Kong.
2010: Member of the EU Lifelong Learning Policy Group.
2009: Member of the European Network of Social Scientists in Education.
2006: International Fellow of the UK National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC).
2004: Member of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge.
2003: Visiting Professor, Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh.
2002: Visiting Fellow, Institute of Education, University of London.
2002: Visiting Professor, Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Porto.
1995: Salzburg Fellow, Salzburg, Austria.
1993: Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Victoria University of Technology, Australia.
1992: French Education Ministry Award to Institut National de Recherche Pédagogique, Paris.
1990: Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award to School of Education, Stanford University.
1988: Caltex Industries’ Award for article entitled ‘Schooling tomorrow’s worker’, published in NZ Journal of Industrial Relations.

Recent research funding:

Erasmus+: My Future: Digital Skills for Improving Career Guidance at School.
Erasmus+: international MA in Educational Policies for Global Development
TEMPUS: Capacity Development of Faculties of Education in MENA region
European Commission: CROSSLIFE—VET in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities: Career Guidance in the Public Employment Services
EuroVE&T: Lifelong Learning and the Learning Society in Europe: critical discourses
DG Education and Culture: Lifelong Guidance in the Learning Society
UNESCO Grant: Educational Innovation in the Mediterranean Region
European Cultural Foundation Grant: Teacher Education in the Mediterranean Region.