At Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER), we have one of the largest concentrations of university-based education researchers in the country. Our researchers work are an interdisciplinary coalition working to ensure that the benefits which can flow from any form of education and learning are genuinely accessible to all people in all contexts. Our focus is on the pursuit of educational and social justice, and we invest in research and research activities that generate new knowledge about diverse learners and diverse contexts. Our Blog provides introductions to our outstanding team of researchers, and our original, impactful research.

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EDJEE Research

EDJEE is a collaborative project comprising a number of researchers within GIER, co-facilitated by Dr Sue Whatman and Professor Parlo Singh. EDJEE researches the impacts of socio-economic circumstances, mental and emotional upheaval and discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, migration status, gender and age on students' experiences of education.   Read More

Meet Associate Professor Jennifer Cartmel

Associate Professor Jennifer Cartmel works in a niche area, being one of the only full time academics in Australia undertaking research in outside school hours care services (OSHC), alongside her colleague Bruce Hurst. Read More

Meet Dr Natalie Lazaroo

Dr Natalie Lazaroo fuses her passion and interest for physical theatre and the performing arts with research in the educative and transformational role of community collaborations in this space.  She is passionate about changing the narratives around inclusion and belonging for young people especially those in social housing. Read More

Meet Dr Leah Le

Dr Leah Le has had a lifelong interest in teaching and she has risen to meet the challenge of being a university teacher and scholar, in not one, but two, countries, after relocating from Vietnam nearly a decade ago.  Read More

VET in rural, regional and remote communities

Professor Stephen Billett was invited to brief the Queensland Parliament’s Employment, Education and Training Committee in its inquiry into vocational education and training in rural, regional and remote Queensland. The enquiry was chaired by Ms Kim Richards MP and James Lister MP (Deputy Chair) on the 23rd May 2022.  Read More

USA Keynote: SITE 2022

Associate Professor Sarah Prestridge delivered a keynote speech at Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference on the topic: How to teach in a virtual world as a place with student choice in higher education in San Diego earlier this year. This represented a significant achievement with influential delegates from around the world in attendance.   Read More

Meet Associate Professor Glenda McGregor

Associate Professor Glenda McGregor is passionate about helping young people find their way through education, believing a sound education provides all sorts of future benefits including wellness, employability and being able to participate fully in a democracy. Read More

AIESEP World Congress 2022

An innovative new conference is coming to the Gold Coast in June, the AIESEP World Congress 2022, co-chaired by Dr Sue Whatman, from GIER, and Professor Maree Dinan Thomspon from James Cook University.   Read More

Meet Dr Benjamin Williams

Dr Benjamin Williams is a senior lecturer in health and physical education in Griffith University's School of Education and Professional Studies. His PhD was in the novel area of outsourcing in health and physical education, which looked at how and why schools were hiring and using external providers to design and deliver HPE and school sport programs in Queensland. Read More

Reconciliation: More than symbology

It’s Reconciliation Week, with this year’s theme being “Be Brave, Make a Change". This raises questions such as “What does this mean?" and "How can 'Make a Change' go beyond rhetoric and symbology and translate into explicit accountability and meaningful, ongoing action?” Read More

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