2022 Postgraduate Research Conference


Education for Sustaining Futures


Saturday 17 September 2022               In-person & online via Zoom                View Program 

Our theme is Education for Sustaining Futures and we have confirmed Emeritus Professor Peter Renshaw and Associate Ravinder Sidhu as our keynote speakers via Zoom with opportunities for presentations, posters, feedback and networking.

Welcome to the 2022 Postgraduate Research Community Conference site!

This is a unique time in our history as we grapple with unprecedented challenges, including global crises in multiple domains that require solidarity in action.

We are mindful that, amidst this challenging landscape and context, education and educational research are critical as vehicles to challenge sometimes problematic norms. We are in the privileged position, as part of our work, to have an opportunity to think deeply and to reflect sensitively on unique and creative approaches for navigating, and possibly generating new resources to help address some of the fissures and fractures that have emerged within communities. There have been incredible shifts and new ways of engaging in research in recent times, and our goal for this conference is to provide a platform for creative, collaborative engagement within a space to build bridges to help reimagine educational settings and systems.

HDR participants are invited to reimagine possibilities and examine the potential of educational research to connect and reconnect communities, locally, regionally and globally.

This year’s Postgraduate Research Community Conference is celebrating the theme “Education for Sustaining Futures”.   Given all the hurdles we have all faced in our professional and personal lives, particularly with our educational endeavours, this is a most appropriate theme! I always enjoy the Postgrad Conference as it provides the opportunity to network with colleagues in various stages of their professional lives, share in the dissemination of new information being added to the knowledge base, engage in discussion about findings and new avenues of research exploration, and keep updated about what is happening in the field. This Conference provides the opportunity to strengthen our own understanding and imaginings about educational research and prepare us for work that still needs to be done. Whether you plan to attend and/or present, this event can play an important role in the development of your own research and professional skills. I look forward to seeing you there!

Professor Patricia Morrell

Head of School

School of Education, The University of Queensland

Welcome to the 2022 Research and Postgraduate Conference, hosted by The University of Queensland's School of Education. This event is a key vehicle through which our HDRs are able to share their insights and experiences of undertaking research at the cutting edge of their respective fields.

The research they present at this event provides important insights into and extensions of the specific knowledge domains and traditions within which they are working, and the event is a key means through which our HDRs are able to revise and refine their thinking, so as to better contribute to their respective fields.  The research you will hear during the conference is novel, and reflective of our HDRs’ efforts to promulgate exemplary policy and practice and to challenge entrenched and limiting policies and practices within Education. In short, this work will help to ‘educate for sustaining futures.  We hope you find the conference invigorating and a stimulus for you to think anew your own understandings of what sustainable educational futures might look like.

Associate Professor Ian Hardy

Director of Research

School of Education, The University of Queensland

All are welcome to attend our 2022 Postgraduate Research Community Conference and registrations are now open. 


Conference program coming soon 


Keynote Speakers

Emiritus Professor Peter Renshaw

School of Education, The University of Queensland

Peter completed his PhD in 1981 at the University of Illinois. He was part of the generation of young would-be scholars from Australia who trekked to the frozen winters of Illinois for doctoral studies. The climate sharpened the mind (maybe). He returned initially to Charles Sturt University, followed by Murdoch University and then in 1992 to the University of Queensland. He was Head of School at UQ from 2006 – 2014. He also spent 5 years at Griffith University (2002-2006) as Head of School (EPS). Yes, a long time in the academy! He is an Honorary Life Member of AARE.

Peter’s research has drawn predominantly on sociocultural theories (Vygotsky and Bakhtin). Since 2008 he has turned his attention to environmental education, collaborating with Dr Ron Tooth and other environmental educators in researching place-responsive pedagogies. He is also collaborating with Professor Kumpulainen in Finland investigating children’s emotional lived experiences with the more-than-human world. Vygotsky’s concept of “perezhivanie” has become central to these projects, and current and former doctoral students (Marcelo Ramos and Kirsty Jackson) are working with perezhivanie as a way to theorise their research. Peter is collaborating with Professor Clarence Ng from ACU investigating how children’s reading and writing is related to their emotional lived experiences (perezhivanie). Following the Radford lecture in 2019, Peter has begun investigating pedagogies of enchantment and the relevance of (dis)enchantment for theorising contemporary schooling and student learning.

Associate Professor Ravinder Sidhu

School of Education, The University of Queensland

orn in Singapore,  Ravinder settled in Perth, Western Australia where she completed high school and a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Microbiology.  After working in a Recombinant DNA Technology laboratory for a few years, Ravinder moved to Queensland to complete a degree in Social Work.  She then worked in Australia and in the UK, first in juvenile justice and child protection before moving to development assistance and international student support.  Ravinder’s current research spans critical sociologies of mobilities including forced migration, environmental colonialism and international higher education.  Theoretically,  she draws on post-colonialism and post-structuralism to inform her work. Ravinder has authored two monographs,  Universities & Globalisation: To market, to market and Student Mobilities and International Education in AsiaEmotional Geographies of Knowledge Spaces.


Keynote symposium with Amy Thomson, Ren Perkins and Antoinette Cole

Antoinette Cole is a proud Torres Strait Islander descendant, with her family connections to Boigu Island and Erub (Darnley) in the Torres Strait.  Antoinette leads with her heart to inspire hope and shared vision amongst her colleagues. She advocates for a future where reconciliation endures, where improvements in learning and teaching pave the way for equitable opportunities for First Nations staff and students to achieve and celebrate success. She has demonstrated outstanding service within and beyond the Catholic Education community for almost 30 years and shows integrity as a formidable leader.  Antoinette is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Queensland with the focus on Culturally Responsive School Leadership.


Ren Perkins is a Quandamooka man with connections to the Wakka Wakka Nation. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Queensland. His research topic is: Learning from the lived experiences of Indigenous teachers who have remained in the profession. His positioning as an Aboriginal man who has worked in Indigenous education for over twenty years has contributed to conceptualising for this research project and contributing another Aboriginal voice to the literature in Indigenous education. Ren is a proud Father of 3 Daughters, the eldest who has just commenced teaching in a local Primary School after receiving the Queensland Pearl Duncan Scholarship.


Amy Thomson is a Mandandanji woman and a current Doctorate of Philosophy student enrolled in the School of Education at the University of Queensland. Amy’s research is about how the principles of self-determination and co-design can influence the way English educators embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and perspectives in urban private schools. Amy currently works as a research assistant and teaches undergraduate students at UQ in both the School of Education and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies unit. Amy previously worked in a private secondary school in a Sydney as an English and Music teacher after finishing her Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education at UQ with a Dean’s commendation award for academic excellence. Amy is a mother and wife and is passionate about her family, love of teaching, research, Indigenous education, and English literature.

Kirsty Jackson is a PhD Candidate and teacher educator in the School of Education at the University of Queensland. After graduating with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) at UQ, she was then accepted to study a PhD in Environmental Education. With a strong interest in sustainability and children’s emotional connections with the more-than-human world, Kirsty is continuing to critically examine the ways in which children experience outdoor excursions at an environmental education centre in Brisbane. Her doctoral research concerns children’s relationship with the more-than-human world with a focus on digital mediation and literate practices. Through her research and professional practice, she hopes to contribute to the transformation of schooling so that students learn to live sustainably in their everyday lives and perceive themselves as part of the living systems of the Earth.

HDR Student Representative 2022 



Aaron Teo is a PhD Candidate and teacher educator in UQ's School of Education (SoE), and a Business and Legal Studies teacher at a Brisbane-based Independent School. 

Aaron is Postgraduate Representative of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association, and, along with Kirsty Jackson, is also Postgraduate Representative for UQ's SoE.

Aaron’s research focusses on the subjectivities of migrant Asian teachers in the Australian context. He is interested in qualitative research methods, particularly critical autoethnography as a form of reflexive, emancipatory inquiry. 

HDR Student Representative 2022


Ms. Lanting Wang is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Education at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her research interests include language policy, education policy, language economics, and the sociology of language. ORCID: 0000-0002-2192-9914


Naomi Fillmore is a sociolinguist and education specialist interested in the role of language in early education policy, pedagogy, and assessment. She is currently a PhD Candidate and Research Assistant in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland. Her PhD looks at early education policy and provision for linguistically diverse children, using a critical, mixed methods approach to examine complex, systemic questions in linguistically, culturally, and racially diverse early childhood and primary school settings. More broadly, Naomi’s research interests include education policy; language policy; early language and literacy development; EAL/D teaching and learning; bilingualism and multilingualism; learning assessment; educational technology; and language revitalisation. She is an affiliate to the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child and to the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.


Elizabeth Allotta is a doctoral student in the School of Education at the University of Queensland. She has over fifteen years’ experience as a high school teacher, with particular interests in science and STEM education. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the experiences and challenges of continuing teaches in the ever-changing world of education. She is also a member of a research group exploring the experiences of doctoral students. Elizabeth has authored a number of texts and education resources for high school students, and co-authored academic papers. She contributed to a recently published book on doing rebellious research in and beyond the academy.


Andrew Beenke is a PhD candidate with the School of Education at the University of Queensland. He is an experienced primary school teacher, passionate about the use of authentic, metacognitive, and dialogic instruction to develop students as thinkers and learners. Andrew’s doctoral thesis explores the potential application of virtue epistemology conceptions of intellectual character traits to improve critical thinking practices in primary classrooms.  As a teacher researcher, Andrew has co-authored and presented work on teaching for thinking in primary mathematics at the 2018 International STEM in Education Conference and the 2019 AAMT conference. He currently presents professional development workshops on critical thinking for UQ’s Critical Thinking Project.


Siyu Liu is a PhD student in the School of Education. She achieved a master’s degree in educational studies in December 2020. Currently, she joins an ARC research project: Beyond global discourses of data, and her research is in the field of education policy, datafication and vocational education. In the project, Siyu focuses on a specific information platform called the credit bank system in the Chinese vocational education field, attempting to clarify the nature of the Credit Bank development in China and further analysis of the complex spatial association between local-national and global levels. Siyu wants to find the answer about local-national-global processes and broader globalization processes by studying how relevant vocational education policy and data infrastructure arrangements have been developed in varied settings.


Submissions are now closed

Call for abstracts and proposals is coming soon and submissions will be due on the 5 of August 2022. 

Dear HDR students,

In this year’s conference, there will be three options:

i) Individual paper presentations

  • 15-minute presentation + 5-minute discussion
  • In-person and via Zoom in a parallel session
  • Submit an abstract of 150-200 words

ii) Group paper presentations (3 presenters max)

  • 15-minute presentation + 5-minute discussion
  • In-person and via Zoom in a parallel session
  • Submit an abstract of 150-200 word

iii) Poster presentations

  • 15-minute presentation and discussion in a parallel session
  • In-person and via Zoom session
  • Submit an abstract of 150-200 words

Submission guidelines

Individual paper presentation – Abstract (150-200 words)
Group paper presentation – Abstract (150-200 words)
Poster presentation – Abstract (150-200 words)


Call for abstracts: 22 of July 2022 

Abstracts due: 5th of August 2022

Notification of acceptance: 31st August 2022

Online registrations open: 31st August 2022

Conference: Saturday, 17 September 2022

More information

The conference will run across two different locations – The General Purpose North Building (39A) and The Global Change Institute. A catered lunch for all presenters and attendees will be provided.