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Roberto Di Napoli

Associate Professor in Higher Education & Director of Programmes
Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP)
Kingston University London


About Roberto Di Napoli:
Roberto is an academic with a national and international reputation. He is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Since September 2013, he has been working as an academic developer at Kingston University London, where he is the Programmes Director at the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP). He leads on all programmes offered by the Centre: the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, the MA in Research and Practice in Higher Education and, as from 2016/17, a new doctoral programme in Higher Education Studies. Roberto is also ultimately responsible for a number of pedagogic short courses the Centre is currently designing and has started delivering. Roberto is a member of the CHERP management team and has departmental and institutional responsibilities. For example, he leads the Centre’s International Links Group (ILG) and represents the Centre on the university-wide group on Educational Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

Prior to joining Kingston University London, Roberto held academic and managerial posts in a number of UK universities (Imperial College London; University of Surrey; Goldsmiths, University of London; and University of Westminster, London).

Over the years Roberto has collaborated, in a consultancy role, with many international partners, including the University of Westminster at Tashkent (Uzbekistan), the University of Barcelona (Spain), the UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning (Paris, France) and, more recently, through a British Council grant, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Transport (Vietnam). Roberto also teaches and supervises students on the MEd in Surgical Education at Imperial College London. He holds a position as Visiting Professor at the Università di Teramo (Italy). He is on the editorial board of Innovations in Education and Teaching International (IETI) and Revista de Docencia Universitaria, Spain (REDU).

Roberto’s current research interests focus, among other things, on the concept of academic practice and professional identities in higher education.

PhD (Higher Education Studies), MA (Applied Linguistics) & PGCE in TESOL/TFL & Modern Foreign Languages at Institute of Education, University of London, Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne, Istituto Universitario Orientale (Italy) (equivalent to a First Class Honours Degree in Modern Foreign Languages – English and French)

Select Publications:
Book and journal special issues
Di Napoli, R., & Clement, M. (Eds.). (2014). The agency game in academic development: Compliance and resistance [Special issue]. International Journal for Academic Development, 19(1). doi:10.1080/1360144X.2014.862765

Barnett, R., & Di Napoli, R. (Eds.). (2008). Changing identities in higher education: Voicing perspectives. London: Routledge.

Chapters in books
Guzman-Valenzuela, C., & Di Napoli, R. (2015). Competing narratives of time in the managerial university: The contradictions of fast and slow time. In P. Gibbs, O.-H. Ylijoki, C. Guzman-Valenzuela, & R. Barnett (Eds.), Universities in the flux of time: An exploration of time and temporality. (pp. 154-167). London: Routledge.

Jones, A, Di Napoli, R, Markless, S., & Lygo-Baker, S. (2013). The impact of academic development? In Bamber, V. (Ed.), Evidencing the Value of Educational Development (pp 15-17).London: Staff and Educational Development Association.

Di Napoli, R. (2010). Academic identities and management: mission impossible? In Rué, J. and Lodeiro, L. (Eds.), Teaching staff and new academic identities in Higher Education. (pp. 189-201). Madrid: Narcea.

Borg, M., Maunder, R., Jiang, X., Walsh, E., Fry, H., & Di Napoli, R. (2009). International students and academic acculturation: the role of relationships in the doctoral process. In Jones, E. (Ed.), Internationalisation and the student voice: Higher education perspectives. (pp. 181-192). London: Routledge.

Journal articles
Di Napoli, R. (2014). Value gaming and political ontology: between resistance and compliance in academic development. International Journal for Academic Development. 19(1), 4-11. doi:10.1080/1360144X.2013.848358

Clement, M., Di Napoli, R., Gilis, A., Buelens, H., & Frenay, M. (2011). Educational consultation for reflective-dialogic partnerships: a possible model. Recherche et Formation, 67, 31-47.

Di Napoli, R., Fry, H., Frenay, M., Verhesschen, P., & Verburgh, A. (2010). Academic development and educational developers: Perspectives from different European higher education contexts. International Journal for Academic Development, 15(1), 7–18.