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Our Research

The Research in Educational and Social Inclusion group undertakes a broad range of research drawing on the interdisciplinary expertise of our members. Four primary research questions are a focus of our work, namely:

  1. How do we guarantee educational inclusion and authentic social transitions for diverse and vulnerable populations?
  2. How do we build inclusive and sustainable futures for diverse communities?
  3. How do we challenge educators to support learners as divergent thinkers and creators of knowledge for changing futures?
  4. How might we eschew deficit research approaches for diverse and vulnerable populations and build inclusive research partnerships?

Key research projects

How schools foster refugee student resilience

Australian Research Council - Linkage Project
Professor Bruce Johnson, Associate Professor Anna Sullivan, Dr Mel Baak, Professor Roger Slee

The partner organisations are: 


Toward an Australian culturally responsive pedagogy

Australian Research Council - Discovery Indigenous Project
Professor Irabinna-Lester Rigney & Professor Robert Hattam


How first-in-family males transition to Australian university life

Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Project
Dr Garth Stahl


Turning them on: Engaging young people in disrupting silences about their sexual wellbeing

Australian Research Council - Linkage Project
Professor Bruce Johnson

The partner organisations are:


Keeping the best: How school leaders engage and retain high quality early career teachers

Australian Research Council -  Linkage Project
Professor Bruce Johnson, Associate Professor Anna Sullivan

The partner organisations are:

  • Principals Australia

Negotiating a space in the nation: the case of Ngarrindjeri

Australian Research Council - Discovery Project
Professor Robert Hattam


Children learning to live together in a diverse community:
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Reggio Emilia inspired Early Learning Settings

Category 2
Professor Irabinna-Lester Rigney, Professor Robert Hattam & Dr Jamie Sisson

The partner organisations are:


Exclusionary policies and practices in Australian Schools and the impact they have on vulnerable children

Category 2 and 3
Associate Professor Anna Sullivan, Professor Bruce Johnson, Professor Roger Slee

The partner organisations are:


eSports High School League Pilot Project

Category 2
Associate Professor Barbara Spears