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Dr Azadeh Shafaei Darastani

Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 3579, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2370
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3579
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2370  


Dr. Azadeh Shafaei is a Lecturer at the School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University.

Current teaching

  • Cultural Business Intelligence


Dr Azadeh Shafaei has previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Business and Law and a Senior Lecturer at Graduate Research School, Edith Cowan University. She has also worked as a Research Assistant at the School of Business and Law, ECU on different occasions. Prior to joining Edith Cowan University, Dr Azadeh Shafaei was a Senior Researcher at Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Dr Azadeh Shafaei has been actively involved in several research projects funded by internal and external bodies such as University of Science Malaysia (USM) where she obtained her PhD with full scholarship, Malaysian Ministry of Education, UNESCO Bangkok, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She has successfully collaborated with several scholars from Malaysia and Australia on joint research projects, which have resulted in journal publications and book chapters. She has taught courses on Research Methods and Research Writing and Reading Skills in face-to-face, distance and electronic modes, and has received excellent student and peer evaluation for her teaching.

Awards and recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2017 - Sanggar Sanjung Research Excellence and Publication Award (University of Science Malaysia)
  • 2017 - SSCI Publication Award (University of Science Malaysia)
  • 2015 - Nominee for the Best Research Award (University of Science Malaysia)
  • 2015 - 1st Place Award in 3-Minute Thesis Competition 2015 (University of Science Malaysia)
  • 2015 - 3rd Place Award in 3-Minute Thesis Competition 2015 (National level at University of Technology Malaysia, UTM)
  • 2013 - Global Fellowship (University of Science Malaysia)
  • 2012 - Nominee for the Best Thesis Award (University of Science Malaysia)

Research areas and interests

  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Ethical and Inclusive Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Well-being
  • Educational Management and Leadership


  • Doctor of Philosophy-International Education & Globalisation, Malaysia, 2016.


Recent Research Grants

  • The Effect of Inclusive Leadership on Employee Innovative Behaviour,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2019,  2019 - 2020,  $4,950.
  • Valuing Remote Workers,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Grant,  2020,  $75,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Shafaei Darastani, A., Abd Razak, N., (2019), International Postgraduate Students’ Cross-Cultural Adaptation in Malaysia: Antecedents and Outcomes. Research in Higher Education, 57(6),  739–767, Online, DOI: 10.1007/s11162-015-9404-9.
  • Shafaei Darastani, A., Nejati Ajibisheh, M., Razak, NA., (2019), One size does not fit all: multi-group analysis of international students’ cross-cultural adaptation using MICOM. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 42(5), 536-552, DOI: 10.1080/1743727X.2018.1496413.
  • Shafaei Darastani, A., Nejati Ajibisheh, M., Maadad, N., (2019), Brand equity of academics: demystifying the process. Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, 29(1), 121-133, Online, DOI: 10.1080/08841241.2019.1605438.
  • Nejati Ajibisheh, M., Shafaei Darastani, A., (2018), Leading by example: the influence of ethical supervision on students’ prosocial behavior. Higher Education, 75(1), 75-89, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-017-0130-4.
  • Shafaei Darastani, A., Nejati Ajibisheh, M., Abd Razak, N., (2018), Out of sight, out of mind: Psychological consequences of attachment and adjustment attitude. Studies in Higher Education, 43(2), 251-268, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2016.1162780.
  • Shafaei Darastani, A., Abd Razak, N., (2018), What matters most: importance-performance matrix analysis of the factors influencing international postgraduate students’ psychological and sociocultural adaptations. Quality and Quantity: international journal of methodology, 52(1), 37-56, DOI: 10.1007/s11135-016-0418-y.
  • Lei Mee, T., Shafaei Darastani, A., Rasoolimanesh, M., (2018), Specifying and Assessing a Multidimensional Friendship Quality Construct. Child Indicators Research, 11(4), 1321–1336, DOI: 10.1007/s12187-017-9462-y.
  • Shafaei Darastani, A., Nejati Ajibisheh, M., Abd Razak, N., (2018), A model of psychological well-being among international students. Educational Psychology: an international journal of experimental educational psychology, 38(1), 17-37, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/01443410.2017.1356447.
  • Shafaei Darastani, A., Shafaei, A., Nejati Ajibisheh, M., Quazi, A., Von Der Heidt, T., (2016), ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’ Do international students’ acculturation attitudes impact their ethical academic conduct?. Higher Education, 71(5), 651-666, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-015-9928-0.
  • Shafaei Darastani, A., Abd Razak, N., (2016), Examining the link among cross-cultural adaptation, academic satisfaction and word of mouth in the context of international postgraduate students in Malaysia. International Journal of Management in Education, 10(1), 45-64, DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2016.073347.
  • Shafaei Darastani, A., Abd Razak, N., (2016), Internationalisation of higher education: Conceptualising the antecedents and outcomes of cross-cultural adaptation. Policy Futures in Education, 14(6), 701-720, DOI: 10.1177/1478210316645017.
  • Shafaei Darastani, A., Razak, NA., Nejati Ajibisheh, M., (2016), Integrating two cultures successfully: Factors influencing acculturation attitude of international postgraduate students in Malaysia. Journal of Research in International Education, 15(2), 137-154, SAGE, DOI: 10.1177/1475240916653566.
  • Ramayah, T., Nejati Ajibisheh, M., Shafaei Darastani, A., (2015), Modelling predictors of blog stickiness and retention by university students. Malaysian Journal of Library and Information Science, 20(3), 15-27, University of Malaya.
  • Nejati Ajibisheh, M., Nejati, M., Shafaei Darastani, A., (2015), The Influence of sustainability on students' perceived image and trust towards university. International Journal of Management in Education, 9(4), 411-425, Inderscience Publishers, DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2015.072095.
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