Dr Richard Niesche

Deputy Head of School (Research)
BA; Dip Mus; GradDipEd; MEd (Leadership); PhD (Education)
School of Education


+61 2 9385 1391
+61 2 9385 1946
Room 104, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus

Dr Richard Niesche is Deputy Head of School (Research) and Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He has worked as a teacher in Queensland and New South Wales at both primary and secondary levels. His research interests include educational leadership, the principalship and social justice. His particular research focus is to use a critical perspective in educational leadership to examine the work of school principals in disadvantaged schools and how they can work towards achieving more socially just outcomes. He has published his research in a range of peer-reviewed journals and is the author of a number of books including Foucault and Educational leadership: Disciplining the Principal (Routledge, 2011), Deconstructing Educational Leadership: Derrida and Lyotard (Routledge, 2013), and Leadership, Ethics and Schooling for Social Justice, co-authored with Dr Amanda Keddie from the University of Queensland (Routledge, 2016). Richard is founding co-editor of the 'Educational Leadership Theory' book series published with Springer.


EDST5143 Critical Perspectives in Educational Leadership

EDST5438 Leadership Theory: Research and Practice

EDST5457 Literature Review (Educational Leadership)

EDST5888 Research Project in Education

Honours and prizes

2011 - 2013     University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

2009                Nominated for AARE Doctoral Thesis Award

2005 – 2007    University of Queensland Joint Research Scholarship (PhD)

Professional contribution

Educational Leadership SIG Co-Convenor (AARE)

Editorial Board: Leadership and Policy Quarterly

Co-Editor: Educational Leadership Theory book series (Springer)

Vice-President NSW Institute for Educational Research

Affiliations and membership

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

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Other information

Research Interests:

Educational and school leadership 

Social Justice 

Indigenous education