Researcher biography

children's citizenship, children's rights, storytelling, arts-based methodologies

Phillips is an academic in the School of Education, where she teaches early years, arts and literacy education. Louise has more than twenty-five years of experience in early childhood education and eight years of experience researching children’s rights and citizenship. Her interest in children’s rights in education is reflected in her active membership of the European Educational Research Association Network Research on children’s rights in education and her position as one of two international partners on the Swedish Research Council grant Education as a greenhouse for children´s and young people´s human rights. Furthering research in children’s citizenship, Louise is co-principal investigator of Civic Action and Learning with Young Children: Comparing Approaches in New Zealand, Australia and the United States (funded by the US Spencer Foundation), leading the Australian investigation of preschoolers’ civic capabilities. Louise is one of eight Australians to be granted a prestigious Spencer Foundation major grant in the last ten years. Her interest in children’s citizenship has also led her to collaborate with social practice artists to explore opportunities for children’s participation in the public sphere through an innovative relational arts project titled The Walking Neighbourhood hosted by Children. The innovation of this arts-research collaboration has been awarded: The University of Queensland Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences Innovation Award (2013); and the international Walk21 Walking Visionaries Jury Prize (2015). Louise holds a national professional role as Convenor of the Qualitative Research Methodologies Special Interest Group for the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).