Dr Hardy researches and teaches in the areas of educational policy and politics, including teachers' learning, at the School of Education, University of Queensland. Dr Hardy's research focuses on the relationship between education and society, and his current research explores educators' responses to the broader socio-political contexts in which their work is undertaken. As an ARC Future Fellow (2015-2018), Dr Hardy is currently undertaking full-time research into how policy support for the Australian Curriculum influences teacher learning in diverse schooling settings in Queensland, within a broader global policy context. This research builds upon earlier work (2012-2014; ARC-DECRA) which focused upon teacher learning practices in Queensland under globalised policy conditions. Dr Hardy has also undertaken inquiries into the nature of academic work under current conditions in Australian university settings.
Recent work has also included analyses of the conditions of teachers' work and learning with colleagues from Australia, United States and Canada. Since 2004, Dr Hardy has also been a member of the 'Pedagogy, Education and Praxis' international research consortium, involving researchers from Australia (University of Queensland, Griffith University, Charles Sturt University), UK (University of Sheffield), Sweden (University of Gothenburg), Norway (University of Tromso), and Finland (Abo Akademi). This group is primarily engaged in researching and theorising professional practice, including the politics of teachers' learning, throughout the teaching career in primary, secondary, tertiary and other adult education settings.
As well as his substantive position as Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, University of Queensland, Dr Hardy holds an adjunct position at his previous university, Charles Sturt University, Australia.