Researcher biography

Carmen Mills is a Senior Lecturer in Teaching, Learning and Classroom Pedagogy in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, where she is the Director of Secondary Pre-Service Programs. Her research interests are informed broadly by the sociology of education and specifically by issues of social justice in education, schooling in disadvantaged communities and teacher education for the development of socially just dispositions. As a critical researcher, informed by the work of Pierre Bourdieu and others, she is concerned to explore questions related to whose interests are served by the social arrangements evident in educational contexts and how these arrangements might be structured more equitably. She is co-convenor of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Special Interest Group on Social Justice. Her current research as a chief investigator on an Australian Research Council project explores social justice dispositions informing teachers' pedagogy in advantaged and disadvantaged secondary schools.