Dr Julie Rowlands researches in the areas of education governance, higher education systems, academic quality assurance, academic work, leadership and organisational change. Julie applies a critical sociology of education perspective to her work and her writing has been published in high impact international journals including the British Journal of Sociology of Education, Critical Studies in Education and Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. Julie has presented extensively on higher education governance and the role of the university and its relationship to the state, both within Australia and also internationally. Her writing on university governance and decision-making is used by a number of universities around Australia and internationally as a basis for professional development programs. Julie's monograph, Academic Governance in Contemporary Universities: Perspectives from Anglophone nations, was published by Springer in 2017. She has also co-edited and contributed to a volume on practice theory in education, published by Routledge in early 2017. Current projects include a co-edited volume on education practice methodologies, to be published by Routledge in 2018, and research projects on aspects of school governance, and academic work. Prior to her current academic work, Julie was a senior manager in higher education governance for more than 15 years, most recently as Head of University Governance at Deakin.
Julie is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Deakin University where she is a research active member of the strategic research centre Research for Educational Impact. Julie completed her PhD in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Jill Blackmore. Her thesis was entitled The Role of the Academic Board in the Contemporary Australian University.
Higher education policy; academic work; higher education systems; quality assurance in higher education; university governance; academic governance; orgainsational change.
Educational governance and leadership.
Unit chair ECM711 Education Governance and Policy; Unit Chair ECM713 Education Workforce Strategy and Change; Unit Chair ELT711 Introduction to Leadership Theory.
University governance; higher education; academic quality assurance; leadership and management; organisational change
International Academic Identities Conference, July 2016, invited keynote address: Academic voice and governance in the measured university.
European Conference on Education Research, August 2015, Budapest, Beyond the academic/managerialsim divide in university governance.
Universities in the Knowledge Eeconomy (UNIKE) conference, February 2015, Auckland NZ. Navigating the ‘in between’ spaces: the academic/managerialism divide in university governance.
European Conference on Educational Research, September 2014, Portugal. Capitalising on networks: the methodological challenges of researching the relational aspects of social contracts. Presented with Dr Shaun Rawolle and Professor Jill Blackmore.
Academic governance, higher education standards and TEQSA, presentation to the Association of Australian University Secretaries, Brisbane, November 2013. Academic Board Role and Function in Australian Universities, presentation at the Australian Chairs of Academic Boards and Senates (CABS), Perth, November 2011. Academic Boards in Contemporary Australian Universities, paper presented at the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference, National Meeting of Chairs of Academic Boards and Senates, Canberra, March 2011. Academic Boards in Contemporary Australian Universities, presentation to the Deakin University Academic Board, Geelong, May 2011. From Power to Glory: a portrait of the academic board, paper presented at the Governance and Development International Conference, Padang, Indonesia, December 2010. Accountability, Quality Assurance and Performativity: the changing role of the academic board, paper accepted for presentation at the AARE International Education Research Conference, Melbourne, November 2010. The Duties and Responsibilities of Council Members, paper presented at the National Conference on University Governance, Melbourne, November 2003.
Associate Editor, Critical Studies in Education
Reviewer for Studies in Higher Education, Journal of Education Policy, Critical Studies in Education, Higher Education, International Journal of Leadership in Education
Elected academic staff member, Deakin University Academic Board
Elected member, Warrnambool College school council
Julie is a member of the Education Governance and Policy strand of the Research for Education Impact strategic research centre at Deakin
Julie is currently researching school governance for a comparative project between England and Australia; and the impact of research assessment on research practice as part of a research project examining the changing nature of academic work.
J Rowlands, Mai Ngo
(2018), pp. 1-15, Higher education research and development, Abingdon, Eng., C1
S Rawolle, J Rowlands, J Blackmore
(2017), Vol. 38, pp. 109-122, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1
J Lynch, K Greaves
(2017), pp. 55-70, Practice Theory and Education: Diffractive readings in professional practice, Abingdon, Eng., B1
A Skourdoumbis, J Lynch
(2017), pp. 263-279, Practice theory and education: diffractive readings in professional practice, Abingdon, Eng., B1
(2017), Singapore, A1
J Rowlands, T Gale
(2017), pp. 91-107, Practice theory and education: diffractive readings in professional practice, Abingdon, Eng., B1
J Lynch, J Rowlands, T Gale, A Skourdoumbis
(2017), pp. 1-20, Practice theory and education: diffractive readings in professional practice, Abingdon, Eng., B1
(2017), pp. 1-14, Studies in higher education, Abingdon, Eng., C1
(2017), pp. 1-18, Gender and education, Abingdon, Eng., C1
(2015), Vol. 36, pp. 1017-1035, British journal of sociology of education, Oxford, Eng., C1
(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 263-278, International journal of leadership in education: theory and practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1
(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 1274-1289, Studies in higher education, Oxon, Eng., C1
(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 142-157, Quality in higher education, London, England, C1
(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 338-352, Tertiary education and management, London, Eng., C1
J Rowlands, S Rawolle
(2013), Vol. 54, pp. 260-272, Critical studies in education, London, Eng., C1
(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 97-110, Quality in higher education, London, England, C1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Industry and Other Funding
Develop and conduct a longitudinal evaluative study of the ARLF education program
Prof Jillian Blackmore, A/Prof Andrea Gallant, Dr Julie Rowlands
- 2017: $91,991
- 2016: $22,997
Thesis entitled: Aid in Post-Conflict States: The Relief-Development Relationship
Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences