Shibao Guo



University of British Columbia


University of Nottingham


Shandong Normal University

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Main Campus : EDT610

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Adult education and community development
  • Chinese immigrants in Canada
  • Citizenship and immigration
  • Comparative and international education
  • Ethnic relations in Canada
  • Social justice and equity in education
  • Multicultural education


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)


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. Dr. Guo is past president of the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC) (2017-2019), Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (2012-2018), and Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (2009-2011). Currently he serves as Co-Editor of Canadian Ethnic Studies. He also co-edits two book series published by Brill|Sense Publishers: Spotlight on China and Transnational Migration and Education. 

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). He was President of Canadian Ethnic Studies Association and currently he serves as 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 Publications Standing Committee and Chinese Language Coordinator
  • Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC) – Past President and Member of the Executive
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) – Member and Past-President
  • Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) – Past President and Member of the Executive 
  • Canadian Ethnic Studies – Co-editor



  • Guo, S., & Maitra, S. (Eds.) (2020). Decolonising lifelong learning in the context of transnational migration. London, UK: Routledge.
  • 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.




  • Guo, S., & Lei, L. (2020). Toward transnational communities of practice: An inquiry into the experiences of transnational academic mobility. Adult Education Quarterly70(1), 26-43.
  • Guo, S. (2019). Researching education in the age of transnational migration: Towards a new research agenda. Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale : 48(2), Article 2. Available at: (CIESC President Keynote Speech) 
  • Guo, S., & Shan, W. (2019). Adult education in China: Exploring the lifelong learning experience of older adults in Beijing. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education162, 111-124.
  • Frideres, J., Guo, S., Kazemipur, A., Weinfeld, M., & Wong, L. (2019). Mapping racial and ethnic studies in Canada: Retrospective and prospective views of Canadian ethnic studies chairs. Canadian Ethnic Studies51(2), 1-18. (Featured Article)
  • 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 Education38(1), 5-19.
  • Guo, Y., Maitra, S., & Guo, S. (2019). “I belong to nowhere”: Syrian refugee children’s perspectives on school integration. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education14(1), 89-105.
  • Jurkova, S., & Guo, S. (2018). Connecting transculturalism with transformative learning: Toward a new horizon of adult education. Alberta Journal of Educational Research64(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 Adults49(2), 253-268.
  • Guo, Y., & Guo, S. (2017). Internationalization of Canadian higher education: Discrepancies between policies and international student experiences. Studies in Higher Education42(5), 851-868.
  • Guo, S., & Maitra, S. (2017). Revisioning curriculum in the age of transnational mobility: Towards a transnational and transcultural framework. Curriculum Inquiry47(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 Integration17(1), 153-171.
  • Guo, S., & Guo, Y. (2016). Immigration, integration and welcoming communities: Neighbourhood-based initiative to facilitate the integration of newcomers in Calgary. Canadian Ethnic Studies48(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 Education37(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.
  • 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 Studies45(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 Work26(2), 162-186.
  • Guo, S., Guo, Y., Beckett, G., Li, Q., & Guo, L. (2013). Changes in Chinese education under globalisation and market economy: Emerging issues and debates. COMPARE: A Journal of Comparative and International Education43(2), 144-164.


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 2019 Distinguished Research Lecture Award, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
  • 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