Education and Arts

Schools and Institutes

The Faculty of Education and Arts' commitment to research excellence and research intensification has led to the establishment of a number of vibrant interdisciplinary research institutes and concentrations.

The ongoing efforts on the part of the University, Faculty and research institute staff have led to the University achieving outstanding outcomes in the 2015 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) assessment exercise carried out by the Australian Research Council, with a number of disciplines across Education, Arts and the Humanities ranked ‘at world standard’ (3) or ‘above world standard’ (4).

In Education, Specialist Studies in Education was ranked ‘above world standard’, while Education Systems and Curriculum and Pedagogy were ranked ‘at world standard’.

In Arts and Humanities, History, Political Science and Sociology all received 'at world standard’ rankings, while Philosophy received an 'above world standard' assessment.


The National School of Education offers a rich research environment for students wishing to pursue a PhD, EdD or Masters by Research in diverse areas of study including curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, leadership, governance and learning.

All postgraduate researchers are individually supported by supervisors who are active researchers with a keen interest in their research areas which creates a uniquely stimulating and rewarding academic experience. We also provide inter-disciplinary research support groups, regular research seminars, training opportunities, guest lectures and workshops. A number of our students are currently pursuing cutting-edge research supported by Australian Postgraduate Awards and generous top-ups.

Experts in the innovative pedagogies and technologies that foster differentiated learning, our research academics make significant contributions to practice and outcomes across a range of learners and contexts.

Learn more about research in the National School of Education.

Staff in the National School of Arts actively research and teach across a wide variety of disciplines including ancient and modern history, political science and sociology, English literature and creative writing, media and cultural studies, international development and community welfare, as well as visual arts. Our academics conduct research with local, national and international scope, making significant contributions to public debate and providing advice to key public bodies.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates are an integral part of the School’s research culture. We provide students with structured and individualised research training under the supervision of expert academics in a vibrant and intellectually rigorous environment. We have established inter-disciplinary research clusters, hold regular research seminars and provide our students with a range of exciting professional development opportunities in research and teaching. A number of our best students are currently pursuing highly original research supported by Australian Postgraduate Awards and University top-up scholarships.

Learn more about research in the National School of Arts.

The Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) hosts a team of researchers undertaking large-scale, nationally funded studies and research with a range of industry-funded partners across two intersecting areas: Education and Schooling, and Child and Youth Studies.

Research projects and activities take place across the following five research concentration areas:

  • Assessment, Evaluation and Student Learning
  • Enhancing Literacy and Engagement for Overcoming Disadvantage
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • Early Childhood Futures
  • Educational Semiotics in English and Literacy Pedagogy

The LSIA provides a dynamic forum for researchers, policy makers, teachers and practitioners to collaborate and share evidence-based knowledge on what works in the classroom.

Learning Sciences Institute Australia

The Institute for Social Justice (ISJ) develops innovative cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research programs that will experimentally combine original scholarship and normative reflection with diverse forms of action research. This complex and multi-faceted endeavour engages researchers in a fundamental rethinking of our highest social ideals: justice, equality, freedom, democracy, public goods, and the very meaning of our humanity.

It also requires concretely addressing urgent social issues, seeking practical and workable solutions through productive partnerships with academic colleagues locally and internationally, and through engagement with community and civil society organisations.

Research areas currently include:

  • Rethinking Rights and Justice
  • Diverse Struggles for Freedom
  • Human-Nonhuman Relationships in the Anthropocene
  • Economic Justice, Care and Wellbeing
  • Nonwestern and Southern Social and Political Thought
  • Secularism and Religious Diversity
  • Indigeneity and Indigenous Governance
  • Gender, Race and Class: Intersecting Oppressions
  • Migration, Borders and Citizenship
  • Democratic Processes of Public Reflection, Action and Solidarity

Institute for Social Justice

The Institute for Religion, Politics and Society (IPRS) undertakes comparative research into the public expression of religion in relation to the major institutions in society such as the law, politics, the economy and society.

The IRPS is led by Professor Bryan Turner, an internationally respected expert in the sociology of religion, citizenship and human rights, and social and political theory.

Research focus areas include:

  • Law and Religion
  • Cities and Successful Societies
  • Asian Societies and their Religions
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Global Catholicism

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