University of Calgary

Shibao Guo

  • Professor


Born and raised in China, Dr. Shibao Guo received his MPhil in Adult Education from the University of Nottingham and his PhD in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia. He joined the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta in 2003 as tenure-track assistant professor. In 2005, he moved to the University of Calgary, where he teaches in the area of Adult Learning (formerly Workplace & Adult Learning). Dr. Guo is past president of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (2009-2011) and a former Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education (2008-2011). Currently he serves as President of Canadian Ethnic Studies Association and is Co-Editor of Canadian Ethnic Studies. He also serves as President of the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC).

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Guo’s research focuses on transnational migration and adult education in the context of globalization. He has been actively involved in a number of studies on the integration experience of recent Chinese immigrants in Canada and the role of community-based voluntary organizations in helping immigrants with their settlement and adaptation. Specifically, he examines issues pertaining to the devaluation of immigrants’ prior learning and work experience and traces its root causes. He also studies the experience of recent Chinese immigrants who “return” to China. One of his current projects explores internal migration in China with a focus on the experience of migrant teachers. Over the years he has developed research expertise in the areas of work, learning, mobility, knowledge recognition, and citizenship in the age of transnational migration.

Current Projects:

Citizenship and identity: An inquiry into the role of ethno-cultural organizations in Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Principal-Investigator

Teaching under China’s market economy: Five case studies, Education International, Brussels, Principal-Investigator (Co-PI: Yan Guo; Co-Investigators: Gulbahar Beckett, Qing Li, Linyuan Guo)


University of British Columbia

University of Nottingham

Shandong Normal University

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Guo contributes his knowledge and expertise to a number of local, national, and international organizations. He is Advisor of Calgary Chinese Community Service Association. He was member of the Adjudication Committee of Immigrants of Distinction Award (2006-2009). At the national level, he was treasurer (2007-2009) and then co-president (2009-2011) of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education. He also serves on the Aid to Scholarly Publications Committee, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS). Currently he serves as Presidentof Canadian Ethnic Studies Association and is Co-Editor of Canadian Ethnic Studies. Internationally, he serves as reviewer for the American Educational Research Association (AERA); the University Grants Committee, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council; and a number of international journals.

  • World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) – Member of the Executive, Co-Chair of Research Standing Committee
  • Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC) – President
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) – Member and Past-President
  • Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) – President
  • Canadian Ethnic Studies – Co-editor



Guo, S., & Wong, L. (Eds.). (2018). Immigration, racial and ethnic studies in 150 years of Canada: Retrospects and prospects. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill|Sense Publishers.

Guo, S. (Ed.) (2016). Work, learning and transnational migration: Opptotunities, challenges and debates. London, UK: Routledge.

Guo, S., & Guo, Y. (Eds.) (2016). Spotlight on China: Chinese education in the globalized world. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Guo, S., & Guo, Y. (Eds.) (2016). Spotlight on China: Changes in education under China's market economy. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Guo, S., & Wong, L. (Eds.) (2015). Revisiting multiculturalism in Canada: Theories, policies and debates. Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Guo, S., & Lange, E. (Eds.) (2015). Transnational migration, social inclusion and adult education. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, no. 146. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Guest Edited Special Issues

Guo, S., & Maitra, S. (2019). Decolonising Lifelong Learning in the Age of Transnational Migration. International Journal of Lifelong Education, Vol. 38, No. 1.

Guo, S., & Guo, Y. (2017). Talent Mobility between Canada and China. International Journal of Chinese Education, Vol. 6, No. 2. 

Guo, S. (Ed.) (2015). Work, Learning and Transnational Migration. Globalisation, Societies and Education, Vol. 13, No. 2.

Encyclopedia Article

Guo, S., & Guo, Y. (2018). Market economy, social change, and education inequality in China. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. New York: Oxford University Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

Maitra, S. & Guo, S. (2019). Theorising decolonisation in the context of lifelong learning and transnational migration: Anti-colonial and anti-racist perspectives. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 38(1), 5-19. DOI: 10.1080/02601370.2018.1561533

Guo, Y., Maitra, S., & Guo, S. (2019). “I belong to nowhere”: Syrian refugee children’s perspectives on school integration. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 14(1), 89-105.

Jurkova, S., & Guo, S. (2018). Connecting transculturalism with transformative learning: Toward a new horizon of adult education. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 64(2), 173-187. 

Guo, S. (2017). Foe or friend of adult education? The paradox of multicultural policy for adult immigrants in Canada. Studies in the Education of Adults, 49(2), 253-268.

Guo, Y., & Guo, S. (2017). Internationalization of Canadian higher education: Discrepancies between policies and international student experiences. Studies in Higher Education, 42(5), 851-868.

Guo, S., & Maitra, S. (2017). Revisioning curriculum in the age of transnational mobility: Towards a transnational and transcultural framework. Curriculum Inquiry, 47(1), 80-91.

Guo, S. (2016). From international migration to transnational diaspora: Theorizing "double diaspora" from the experience of Chinese Canadians in Beijing. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 17(1), 153-171. DOI 10.1007/s12134-014-0383-z

Guo, S., & Guo, Y. (2016). Immigration, integration and welcoming communities: Neighbourhood-based initiative to facilitate the integration of newcomers in Calgary. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 48(3), 45-67

Guo, S. (2015). The colour of skill: Contesting a racialized regime of skill from the experience of recent immigrants in Canada. Studies in Continuing Education, 37(3), 236-250.

Guo, S. (2014). Revisioning Education for All in the age of migration: Global challenges and opportunities for lifeong learning. International Review of Education, 60(4), 481-497. DOI: 10.1007/s11159-014-9441-1

Guo, S. (2013). Economic integration of recent Chinese immigrants in Canada's second-tier cities: The triple glass effect and immigrants' downward social mobility. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 45(3), 95-115.

Guo, S. (2013). The changing face of work and learning in the context of immigration: The Canadian experience. Journal of Education and Work, 26(2), 162-186.

Media Work

  • Radio Canada International – Chinese Services (Montreal), interviewing for my research report on Transnational Migration and Return Chinese Immigrants for Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, April 20, 2011.
  • OMNI TV – Mandarin Edition, interviewing for my research report “Understanding immigrants’ downward social mobility: A comparative study of economic and social integration of recent Chinese immigrants in Calgary and Edmonton”, published by the Prairie Metropolis Centre, Working Paper #WP10-12, March 11, 2011.
  • OMNI TV – Mandarin Edition interview, in response to MacLean’s article ‘Too Asian?’, November 19, 2010.


  • The 2016 Research Excellence Award, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
  • The 2012 Killam Emerging Research Leader Award Nomination, University of Calgary
  • The 2011 Immigrants of Distinction Awards Nomination, Immigrant Services Calgary
  • The 2008 Award for Contributions to the Contemporary Chinese Youth, World Federation of Overseas Chinese Associations
Photograph of Shibao Guo

Curriculum Vitae

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