Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy

Experts

Directors

Professor John Polesel

Professor John Polesel

03 8344 8293

John Polesel manages a range of research projects focussing on upper secondary education and transitions from school. His research interests include issues of inequality, the relationship between schools and vocational training, models of education and training and youth transitions systems in Australia and internationally.

Associate Professor Shelley Gillis

Associate Professor Shelley Gillis

03 9035 4925

Shelley advises national and international agencies on competency assessment, standards referenced frameworks, qualification frameworks and quality assurance frameworks within the vocational education and training sector.

She has successfully completed more than 50 commissioned research studies, many of which have informed (either directly or indirectly) government policy and/or initiatives both within Australia and internationally. With more than 20 years research experience, Shelley has established and maintained strong collaborative relationships with a range of government and statutory agencies, funding bodies, employer groups, as well as other educational providers and researchers in the VET sector.

Staff

Professor David Beckett

Professor David Beckett

03 9035 9682

David Beckett is a philosopher who publishes mainly in workplace and lifelong learning, and upon epistemological, ontological and ethical perspectives on practice.

Amongst about 300 publications, the main 100 are journal articles, book chapters and commissioned reports, mostly as first author, including in some of the most prestigious international journals including: Educational Philosophy and Theory; Journal of Vocational Education and Training; International Journal of Lifelong Learning; Studies in Continuing Education, and chapters in major Springer and Elsevier books. One prominent epistemologically-based resource for mid-career RHDs is the textbook 'Educational Research: Creative Thinking and Doing' (O'Toole and Beckett 2012, Oxford UP). Now in second edition (2013), this is a core text in the MGSE and also at Monash University Education.

Dr Suzanne Rice

Dr Suzanne Rice

03 8344 0950

Suzanne Rice manages and participates in a range of research projects focussing on teacher pathways, student retention and engagement, and high stakes testing. She has been involved in successful tender bids for research grants and consultancies to the value of $260,000.

She has published thirty-seven articles, reports, book chapters and conference papers, and has been lead or sole author for twenty-two of these. She has six refereed journal articles published, including in journals such as Journal of Education Policy, Teachers and Teaching, Educational Review, Research in Post-Compulsory Education and the Australian Journal of Education. She has played a major role in research projects with total budgets of $1.8 million; within this she has led projects with a total budget value of $1.2 million, and led research teams of up to four staff.

Dr Mary Leahy

Dr Mary Leahy

Mary manages a range of research projects focussing on pathways through education and into employment and the effectiveness of different forms of vocational education and training (VET). Her research focuses on access to education, training and employment.

Specific interests include: pathways; the interface between education sectors; transitions within education and between education and employment; vocational education and training (VET); gender; the philosophical underpinnings of policy; Nussbaum and Sen's capabilities approach; and theories on choice, preference formation and decision making. She has played a significant role in winning and conducting research projects with a combined budget of over $1.4 million. Mary has written or co-written 34 articles, commissioned research reports and book chapters and presented 15 papers at international conferences. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences and seminars on VET.

Dr Gosia Klatt

Dr Gosia Klatt

03 9035 4975

Gosia Klatt has a political science background but her current academic and practical interest lie in the field of transitions from school and vocational education in Australia and Europe.

Her research interests include education reforms in post-communist systems, youth transitions and inter-governmental relations. She has written two books, one co-authored book, and over 20 research articles, book chapters and commissioned reports. She is currently managing and researching an ARC Linkage project: Innovative partnerships for youth engagement in education and work. She is also a Chief Investigator of the Australian component of the Horizon 2020 research project developed with a consortium of nine European universities led by the University of Nottingham entitled 'Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive & Vibrant Europe(ENLIVEN)'.

Kira Clarke

Kira Clarke

03 8344 5828

Kira Clarke conducts a range of research projects focussing on senior secondary education, transitions from school to work and further study.

Her research interests include policy systems and institutional systems for provision of vocational education and training for young people, vocational curriculum and qualifications, career exploration and guidance, and patterns of participation in post-school education by disadvantaged young people. She has been a part of several research teams that have won educational research grants and consultancies. Kira Clarke has written several key reports, journal articles and conference papers on VET in Schools, which have been widely cited by policymakers and key vocational education stakeholders.

Dr Chris Corbel

Dr Chris Corbel

Chris has extensive experience as a general manager in post-compulsory and tertiary education, in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors, leading curriculum, professional and resource development projects, managing teaching and learning support units, and teaching and researching curriculum and pedagogy.

He has authored or co-authored four books, eight research reports and six book chapters, as well as numerous article and conference paper.

Dr Anne Suryani

Dr Anne Suryani

Anne holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from Monash University with a Mollie Holman Medal for the best doctoral thesis in 2014.

She has been working in a number of educational projects in Australia and Indonesia focusing on teacher motivation, teacher education, teacher professional development, vocational education, assessment and curriculum. Anne has received a number of awards, scholarships and grants from international institutions for her research, publications, and professional developments.

Research Partners and Affiliates

Local

Dr Veronica Volkoff

Dr Veronica Volkoff

03 8344 8392

Veronica has more than 15 years of experience in conducting research projects related to vocational education and training, school education and adult and community education policy, planning and programs.

Her extensive research work has mainly focussed on equity in education across sectors and comparative studies, mainly commissioned by Australian national agencies such as the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), state education and training authorities and agencies with an international development focus such as AusAID and UNESCO-UNEVOC.

Professor Stephen Crump

Professor Stephen Crump

MGSE, UoM
Inequality, sociology

Professor Richard Sweet

Professor Richard Sweet

MGSE, UoM
Youth transitions

Dr Jean Russell

Dr Jean Russell

MGSE, UoM
Learning and teaching

Dr Irma Mooi-Reci

Dr Irma Mooi-Reci

03 9035 4809

Irma Mooi-Reci is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Master of Social Policy at the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Previously she worked as Assistant Professor and Programme Director of the VU-Graduate School of Social Sciences (VU-GSSS) at the VU University in Amsterdam.

Irma researches employment instability and its implications for individual careers, wage opportunities and public policy. Her research agenda encompasses three main areas: (1) the socioeconomic consequences of disruptive events such as unemployment, joblessness and casual employment; (2) the intergenerational consequences of joblessness; (3) application and innovation of quantitative methods for panel data. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Madison Wisconsin in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and she is currently a visiting professor at Nuffield College, Oxford University. Irma has published in various journals including Social Science Research, European Sociological Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations and Social Forces.

Professor John Haisken-Denew

Professor John Haisken-Denew

03 9035 3811

Prof. Dr. John P. Haisken-DeNew is Deputy Director Research at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in Melbourne, Australia. He has also been Adjunct Professor of the Department of Economics at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada since July 2008.

His research interest focuses on education, health, competition policy, applied labor economics, applied micro econometrics, wage structure, migration, welfare and income inequality. He was previously a fully tenured W3 Professor of Economics and holder of the Chair “Economic Policy: Competition Theory and Policy” at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, from March 2009 to June 2013. He received his doctorate in economics at the University of Munich in 1995 under Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann, with his dissertation on “Migration and Inter-Industry Wage Structure in Germany”. He received his MA in Economics at the University of Toronto, Canada in 1988 and his BA Honours in Economics at Carelton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Graham Marshall

Graham Marshall

MGSE, UoM
School governance

John Firth

John Firth

MGSE Honorary Senior Fellow
Curriculum and Assessment

Bill Hannan

Bill Hannan

MGSE Fellow
Curriculum

Erasmus Mundus

Professor Paul Morris

Professor Paul Morris

IoE, Uni of London, UK
Comparative education/Erasmus Mundus

Professor Bente Elkjaer

Professor Bente Elkjaer

Aarhus University, Denmark
Adult/workplace learning/Erasmus Mundus

Associate Professor Ida Juul

Associate Professor Ida Juul

Aarhus University, Denmark
VET in Europe

Associate Professor Pia Cort

Associate Professor Pia Cort

Aarhus University, Denmark
VET

Professor Iciar Elexpuru

Professor Iciar Elexpuru

University of Deusto, Spain
Adult Learning/Erasmus Mundus

Other Internationals

Professor Richard Desjardins

Professor Richard Desjardins

Education Directorate, OECD
Transitions systems

Professor Michael Young

Professor Michael Young

IoE, University of London, UK
Knowledge, sociology

Professor David Guile

Professor David Guile

IoE, University of London, UK
Youth transitions

Dr Lu Hong

Dr Lu Hong

Chongqing College of Electronic Engineering, People's Republic of China
VET, Chinese education and training

Professor Leesa Wheelahan

Professor Leesa Wheelahan

OISE, Canada
Knowledge and VET

Professor Sandra Bohlinger

Professor Sandra Bohlinger

Dresden University, Germany
VET and Qualifications

Dr Frank Musekamp

Dr Frank Musekamp

Bremen University, Germany
Large Scale VET Assessment

Dr Carolina Cuellar

Dr Carolina Cuellar

Education Foundation, Chile
Education in Chilev

Professor Liu Yufeng

Professor Liu Yufeng

Central Institute for Vocational and Technical Education, Beijing
TVET China

Professor Emer Smith

Professor Emer Smith

The Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland
Schools to work transitions

Dr Elish Kelly

Dr Elish Kelly

The Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland
Labour Economics


Research collaborators and/or funding bodies

Our Centre staff have established a number of key strategic alliances with numerous government bodies who have also served in the past as research collaborators and/or funding bodies.

Examples of existing collaborators/funding bodies include:

  • State and territory departments of education and training (e.g. NSW BVET, VIC DET)
  • State and territory Catholic Education Commissions and state and regional Catholic Education Offices
  • State and territory Independent Schools Associations
  • Commonwealth government departments (e.g. Department of Education & Training, Department of Industry)
  • International Baccalaureate Organisation
  • Regulatory bodies (e.g. Australian Skills Quality Agency)
  • Educational Authorities (e.g. Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authorities (ACACA), Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE))
  • Industry peak bodies (e.g. Innovative Business Skills Australia, NSW Business Chamber)
  • Not-for profit and community and social policy organisations (e.g. Brotherhood of St Laurence, The Smith Family, Women in Adult and Vocational Education, National VET Equity Advisory Council)
  • Enterprise based private providers (e.g. Victoria Police)
  • Schools, secondary colleges (e.g. Sydneham Catholic Regional College)
  • Public TAFE providers (e.g. William Angliss Institute of TAFE, Boxhill Institute of TAFE)

Research centre partners

The staff within the Centre have established strong track records of collaborating with other research centres, institutions and Faculties of Education which conduct research in related areas.  These include:

  • Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
  • National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
  • Youth Research Centre (YRC, MGSE)
  • Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (Monash University)
  • The Victoria Institute (VI, Victoria University)
  • Workplace Research Centre (WRC, University of Sydney)
  • Faculty of Education (Deakin University)
  • Centre for Educational Sociology (University of Edinburgh)
  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto)
  • Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)
  • UCL  Institute of Education, University College London
  • Faculty of Education ( Dresden University of Technology)
  • European Access Network
  • Centre for Research in Higher, Adult & Vocational Education (University of Nottingham)
  • LH Martin Institute (MGSE)