About

The Educational Policy and Leadership research group engages with educational politics, policy, organisations and leadership from a broadly critical perspective.

The group conducts educational research informed by theoretical frameworks and developments from a wide variety of fields (e.g. political theory, social and cultural geography, sociology, cultural studies, psychoanalytic theory, analytic and continental philosophy). This research aims to analyse, challenge and enrich debates about current and historical initiatives in education policy, politics, organisations and leadership in Australia and globally. This research group makes explicit the connections between the process and practices of education policy, politics, organisations and leadership, and other areas of public and social policy.

We undertake research on various levels of education, broadly conceived to include both formal sites like schools and universities, and also other forms of educational arenas like community groups. Our work includes: a focus on how education policy converges and overlaps with other policy areas, such as social policy and urban policies; how education policy relates to equity and inclusion; critical perspectives in educational leadership and organisations; and, the relation of policy to subjectivities and practices.

Research

This is an emerging research strength in the School and is led by Professor Colin Evers and Associate Professor Kal Gulson.

The group conducts educational research informed by theoretical frameworks and developments from a wide variety of fields (e.g. political theory, social and cultural geography, sociology, cultural studies, psychoanalytic theory, analytic and continental philosophy). This research aims to analyse, challenge and enrich debates about current and historical initiatives in education policy, politics, organisations and leadership in Australia and globally. This research group makes explicit the connections between the process and practices of education policy, politics, organisations and leadership, and other areas of public and social policy.

The research group is comprised of the following primary members: Professor Colin Evers, Associate Professor Kal Gulson, Dr Scott Eacott , Dr Richard Niesche, Dr Greg Vass, Dr Kerry Barnett and Dr Leila Morsy. There are currently 28 PhD, 11 MEd by Research and 1 Honours Research students in this research area.

See our current HDR students here

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Videos Dr Scott Eacott, Director of Office of Educational Leadership, UNSW Australia   Dr Scott Eacott, Director of Office of Educational Leadership, UNSW Australia

Educational leadership definitions, the need for leaders rather than managers, and developing a relational methodology to enable dialogue between researchers are all areas that interest Dr Scott Eacott, Director of the Office of Educational Leadership. Hear more about his methodology and research here.

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Videos Educational Policy & Leadership: Learning and Teaching   Educational Policy & Leadership: Learning and Teaching

Hear how our courses approach educational leadership, social policy and social justice issues, and how teachers can influence the conversation and create change in a learning environment.

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Videos Dr Richard Niesche, Educational Policy & Leadership, School of Education, UNSW Australia   Dr Richard Niesche, Educational Policy & Leadership, School of Education, UNSW Australia

Educational leadership is of particular interest to Dr Richard Niesche, specifically the work of school principals and leadership strategies and constraints in disadvantaged schools.

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Videos Dr Kerry Barnett, School of Education, UNSW Australia   Dr Kerry Barnett, School of Education, UNSW Australia

Leadership teams in schools, what contributes to their effectiveness and the role of the team leader is what Dr Kerry Barnett has been researching. Hear what she has to say about building leadership capacity in a climate of change.

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