University of Calgary

Catherine Chua

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Catherine CHUA was born and raised in Singapore. Catherine received her education in Singapore; she is married and has one son. In 2000, Catherine moved to Australia and completed her MA in English at the University of New South Wales, and PhD in Educational Studies at the University of Queensland. She returned to Singapore in 2006 and worked as an Assistant Professor with the National Institute of Education Singapore. In 2016, Catherine joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary where she teaches graduate courses in leadership and policy studies.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr Chua’s research focuses on educational policy and leadership studies. Her research interests include school leadership, language planning and policy, policy analysis, globalization and educational reforms, 21st century skills and competencies, language and culture, imaginative education, and critical discourse analysis.



PhD Education
The University of Queensland, Australia

MA English
University of New South Wales, Australia

BA English and Literature
The Open University, United Kingdom

Diploma in TESOL
London Teacher Training College, Singapore

Diploma in Education
National Institute if Education/Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professional & Community Affiliations

BRILL Fortcoming: Language Learning and Multiligualism, series editor

The Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture & Education (CIRCE) Simon Fraser University, Academic Council 

Current Issues in Language Planning, Editorial Board Member

Language, Culture and Curriculum, Editorial Board Member

Journal of Multilingual Theories and Practices, Editorial Board Member

Alberta Journal of Educational Research, Editorial Board Member


Publications and Presentations

Chua, S.K.C. (2021). Multilingualism through English dominated bilingual policy: Integration of international students in modern Singapore. In K. Raza., C. Coombe, & D. Reynolds (Eds.), Policy development in TESOL and multilingualism: Past, present and the way forward (TBA). Springer.

Li, S., & *Chua, S.K.C. (2021). An experiential learning approach for developing mental models in Engineering design education. Paper presented at Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA-ACEG21), June 20-21. ONLINE

Chua, S.K.C. (2021). Multilingualism through English dominated bilingual policy: Integration of international students in modern Singapore. Paper presented at LPP 2021: The Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning online conference, August 26-28. ONLINE.

Kaza, K., &*Chua, S.K.C. (2020). Language education post covid-19 pandemic: Challenges and opportunities. Paper presented  ATESL's 2020 E-Conference: Seeds of possibility: Curiosity, Drive, and Innovation, October 16-17, Edmonton, Canada. ONLINE

Kaza, K., & *Chua, S.K.C. (2020). What is next during and after the pandemic? Paper presented at ITTA's Virtual Converence: "ELT Practices during the COVID19 Pandemic: Let's get Edu-Vaccinated, October 6-7. ONLINE.

Chua, S.K.C., & Chai, C.S. (2019). Information Communication Technology. In B. Wong, S. Hairon, & Ng, P.T (Eds.), School leadership and educational change in Singapore (pp.149-168). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Hairon, S., *Chua, S.K.C., & Abbas, D. (2019). Professional learning communities. In B. Wong, S. Hairon, & Ng, P.T (Eds.), School leadership and educational change in Singapore (pp.107-122). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Goh, J.W.P., *Chua, S.K.C., & Hairon, S. (2019). School branding. In B. Wong, S. Hairon, & Ng, P.T (Eds.), School leadership and educational change in Singapore (pp.201-213). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Chua, S.K.C., & Soo, J. L-M. (2018). The importance of leadership practices in language planning in schools. In J. Bouchard., & G. P. Glasgow (Eds.), Agency in language policy and planning: Critical Inquiries (pp. 190-213). NY, USA: Routledge.

Hairon, S., *Chua, C.S.K., & Neo, W.L. (2018). School-based curriculum development in Singapore: A case study of a primary school. Asia Pacific Journal of Education. DOI:

Chua, S.K.C., & Soo, J. L-M. (2018). Issues of economic immobility: How can education bridge the gap?. Virtual Poster presented at Eleventh Global Studies Conference, July 30-31. University of Granada, Spain.

Chua, S.K.C. (Ed.), (April, 2018). Un(intended) language planning in a globalising world: Multiple levels of players at work. de Gruyter Open. (see:

Hairon, S., Goh, J.W.P, *Chua, C.S.K., & Wang, L. (2017). A research agenda for professional learning communities: Moving forward. Professional Development in Education, 43(1), 72-86.

Duong, T.V.A., & *Chua, S.K.C. (2016). English as a symbol of internationalization in higher education: a case study of Vietnam. Higher Education Research & Development, 35(4), 669-683.

Chua, S.K.C. (2015). Singlish strikes back in Singapore. In R. Tupas (Ed.), Unequal Englishes: The politics of English Today (pp. 185-200). London: Palgrave Macmilian.

Hairon, S., Goh, J.W.P., & *Chua, S.K.C. (2015). Teacher leadership enactment in PLC contexts: Towards a better understanding of the phenomenon. School Leadership and Management, 35(2), 163-182.

Reyes, V.C., & *Chua, C.S.K. (2015). School stakeholders experience in navigating ICT reforms in SIngapore. International Journal of Information Communication Technology Education, 11(4), 83-96.

Tan, C., & *Chua, C.S.K. (2015). Education policy borrowing in China: Has the West wind overpowered the East wind? Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 45(5), 686-704.

Tan, C., *Chua, C.S.K., & Goh, O. (2015). Rethinking the framework for 21st century education: Toward a communitarian conception. The Education Forum, 79(2), 307-320.

Chua, S.K.C. (2014). A new model of bilingualism for Singapore: Multilingualism in the 21st century. In V. Zenotz, J. Centoz, & D. Gorter (Eds.), Minority languages and multilingual education (pp. 65-84). New York: Springer.

Chua, S.K.C., & Choy, W.C. (2014). The Singapore education journey: From colonialism to globalisam. In C. Joseph., & J. Matthews (Eds.), Equity, opportunity and education in postcolonual Southeast Asia (pp. 169-188). New York: Routledge.

Soo, J.L-M., & *Chua, C.S.K. (2014). The 21st century approach in teaching home economics: A Singapore perspective. International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 20(2), 61-74.


  • The University of Queensland (UQ School of Education) Travel Support Grant (2012) The scheme provides funding to facilitate collaborative research between UQ and overseas scholars. The scheme offers financial assistance to scholars who have been actively engaged in research and are able to contribute substantially to research activities in the nominated UQ School/Centre/Institute.
  • Winner of the International Award for Excellence in the area of literacy and education (2010) Paper titled: Futuristic Schools: “Little Red Dot” Strategies in a Globalised Economy
  • The University of Queensland Confirmation Scholarship (2005) Currently known as University of Queensland International Scholarship (UQI) The UQI scholarships are awarded competitively, based on merit, to outstanding international students undertaking a research higher degree.
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