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ORCID: 0000-0002-5554-3470
ResearcherID: P-8326-2017
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Alma Harris

Academic Titles


Academic Qualification

Doctoral Degree (PhD), BATH UNIVERSITY, BATH, UK (Humanities)
Bachelor Degree, UNIVERSITY OF GLAMORGAN (Humanities)


Employment history

Dr Alma Harris is Director of the Institute of Educational Leadership at the University of Malaya.

Her research work focuses on organizational change and development. She is internationally known for her work on school improvement, focusing particularly on improving schools in challenging circumstances.

Alma has written extensively about leadership in schools and she is an expert on the theme of distributed leadership. Her book 'Distributed Leadership in Schools: Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow' (published in 2008 by Routledge  & Falmer Press) has been translated into several languages.

She is currently seconded to the ‘Welsh Assembly Government’ as a Professional Adviser and is currently assisting with the process of system wide reform. She is President Elect of the ‘International Congress of School Effectiveness and School Improvement’ and will take up her Presidency at the 26th International Congress in Chile in 2013.

Personal website

A Study to Compare School Heads in Different Regions

The Centre for Developing Leadership in Education at the HSE Institute of Education is starting a project to study school heads in 16 Russian regions to make recommendations for a professional development and training programme. The project will become part of the international comparative research on school heads, the Asia Leadership Project, which HSE signed up to a year ago at a conference in Malaysia.