School of Education Postgraduate Research Conference 2023

Meeting Places


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Saturday 16 September 2023 

  UQ St Lucia & Zoom 

   8.30am – 5pm

Meeanjin (Brisbane in Turrbal language), the place of the blue water lilies, is framed by the mighty Maiwar (Brisbane River)—a meeting place for many. The Turrbal and Jagera/Yuggera peoples have an ongoing connection to Meeanjin and have lived and shared stories at this meeting place for more than 32,000 years, empowered by their Ancestors’ spiritual and cultural ways of knowing, being, and doing. These ways carry 60,000 years of knowledge; since time immemorial or since the Dreaming. As educators and researchers in the School of Education, we are committed to learning with and from First Nations peoples in our ongoing pursuit of reconciliation. 

Welcome from the Head of School 

Welcome to the School of Education’s 2023 Postgraduate Research Conference. This year’s theme highlights the importance of relationships and community in our work. It reminds us that this area has been a place of meeting and exchange for many millennia and points to the significance of both physical and virtual places in educational research. As someone new to the School, this conference is an exciting place to meet our postgraduate researchers. Many thanks to the organising committee for their dedication, leadership, and vision, and I hope you find the day inspiring and enjoyable!

Professor Robin Shields
Head of School
School of Education, The University of Queensland

Welcome from the Director of Research 

The theme – Meeting Places – represents our responsibility to create spaces for collaboration,  community-building, and knowledge-sharing. Our organising committee have planned a fabulous opportunity for such sharing, and I am very much looking forward to welcoming you and interacting with you face-to-face and online. I hope you enjoy the exciting line-up of education research the conference has in store!

Dr Elizabeth Edwards 
Director of Research
School of Education, The University of Queensland

From the Conference Organising Committee 

We extend a warm welcome and invite you to the School of Education’s 2023 Postgraduate Research Conference. This year’s theme—Meeting Places—emphasises our responsibility to create spaces for collaboration, community-building, and knowledge-sharing. Meeting Places recognises that learning is not only an individual pursuit but also a social process that occurs within a variety of contexts, including physical classrooms, the natural world, and virtual environments. 

We invite postgraduate Education scholars across South East Queensland to share their research as we come together to explore the ways Meeting Places can facilitate meaningful connections and foster a sense of belonging for all learners. For attending researchers, this theme represents an opportunity for many meetings—between and among postgraduate students, supervisors, content areas, disciplines, and institutions. Ultimately, Meeting Places seeks to inspire educators to create inclusive and dynamic learning environments that support the diverse needs and aspirations of all learners.  

We invite you to consider how your research connects to this idea of Meeting Places. This theme provides an opportunity to share, wherever you are in your research journey, whether you are exploring the design of physical and digital learning spaces, the role of community partnerships in education, the use of technology to enhance collaborative learning experiences, interdisciplinary research, leadership, teaching and learning, pedagogy, curriculum, language, student support or voice, diversity and equity, or more. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the organising committee at

Conference Organising Committee 
Amy Thomson, Antoinette Cole,  Jonathan Brazil, Daniel Taylor-Griffiths, Andrew Beencke, Kirsty Jackson, Ted Hennicke, Dr Stephanie MacMahon, Dr Kate McLay, Jennifer Levitt, Thuy Anh (Ann) Nguyen, Lanting Wang, and Wen Zhang.