Exploring, Celebrating, and Deepening Oceanic Relationalities



relationalities, new and emerging researchers, vā, comparative and international education


The theme of the 2018 Oceania Comparative and International Society (OCIES) conference held at Victoria University of Wellington, in Wellington, New Zealand aimed to explore, celebrate, and deepen Oceanic relationalities. This special issue of the International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives responds to this call for scholarship to examine how Comparative and International Education (CIE) can be repositioned around the notion of relationality to contribute theoretically, practically, and spiritually to education at global, regional, national, and community levels. In this Special Edition, we celebrate the work of seven new and emerging researchers from OCIES. This paper introduces us as a community of scholars, connected geographically by sea, yet it is our shared commitment to relationality that has enabled us to further the scholarship of CIE within our region.

Author Biography

Donella J Cobb, The University of Waikato

Donella is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Waikato






Vol 18 (2) OCIES ECR Special Edition