Dr. Margarita Pavlova

Margarita Pavlova is the Director of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre (Hong Kong) and an Associate Professor in the Department of International Education and Lifelong Learning at The Education University of Hong Kong.

She has more than twenty years of international work experience in education across a variety of contexts (Europe, Asia, USA and Australia).
Her research focus is concerned with policy, planning and curriculum development in vocational education at both national and international levels.
She is internationally recognized for her work and her current research and development projects are in the area of education for sustainability, development and green skills.


PhD, Comparative education,  La Trobe University, Australia
PhD, Reform in technical and vocational education, The Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the USSR, Russia.
Master’s degree, Education administration and supervision,The University of Toledo, USA
Bachelor’s degree with Honors, Industry and education, The Herzen State Pedagogical University, Russia

Research Interests

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for economic and social development
“Greening” of educational policy and curriculum development in TVET in developing
countries and countries in transition
Education for Sustainable Development within an international context
Globalization and internationalization of education

Selected publications

Pavlova, M., & Chen, C. S. (2022). Improving the effectiveness of teacher training for the vocational education and training (VET) sector in China: Trends, challenges and approaches. In J. C.-K. Lee & T. Ehmke (Eds.), Quality in teacher education and professional development: Chinese and German perspectives (pp. 206-225). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Chen, Z., Pavlova, M., & Ramos, C. (2021). A systematic approach to adult educators’ professional development in Singapore: Challenges and future developments. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 40(5-6), 455-470. doi: 10.1080/02601370.2021.1978006

Kang, R., & Pavlova, M. (2020). Development of TVET teachers’ career identity through teacher education and training programs for the purposes of including ESD in classroom practices. TVET@Asia, 14. Retrieved from http://www.tvet-online.asia/issue14/kang-etal

Pavlova, M., & Chen, C. S. (2020). Enhancing TVET teachers’ capacity to develop students’ generic green skills: A work-based learning model for professional development of teachers. TVET@Asia, 14. Retrieved from http://tvet-online.asia/issue/14/pavlova-etal-2/

Pavlova, M. (2019). Emerging environmental industries: Impact on required skills and TVET systems. International Journal of Training Research, 17(Suppl. 1), 144-158. doi: 10.1080/14480220.2019.1639276

Pavlova, M. (2018). Fostering inclusive, sustainable economic growth and "green" skills development in learning cities through partnerships. International Review of Education, 64(3), 339-354. doi: 10.1007/s11159-018-9718-x

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