Tom Griffiths is a Associate Professor of Education and program leader of the Comparative and International Education Group University of Newcastle, Australia (CIEGUN). Tom's research in the comparative field began with a PhD thesis that advanced a world-systems historical analysis of secondary schooling in Cuba from 1959 to 1989. His work reflects his primary research interests in world-systems analysis, and the transition of the current capitalist world-system to an uncertain, but potentially more just, equal, democratic and peaceful future. Applying this theorising to the field of comparative and international education, he is concerned with exploring the actual and potential contribution of systems of mass education to the task of imagining and building alternative futures
His co-edited volume (Re-theorizing Discipline in Education: Problems, politics & possibilities) that included some comparative and international analysis, and extended this analysis with a co-edited book (Logics of socialist education: Engaging with crisis, insecurity and uncertainty).
He guest edited a special issue of a journal, Globalisation, Societies and Education, on Education in / for socialism: Historical, current and future perspectives.