Staff profile - Karen Starr

Prof Karen Starr

Position: Chair In School Dev And Leadership
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SoE Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46469 +61 3 924 46469
Fax: +61 3 925 17158 +61 3 925 17158



  • Bachelor of Education, Adelaide College of Adv. Edu., 1979
  • Master of Education, University of South Australia, 1993
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2000


Australian College of Educators (Fellow)
Australian Council for Educational Leaders (Fellow)
Australian Institute of Company Directors (Advanced Graduate and Fellow)
International Economic Development and Research Center, HK (Fellow)
Australian Association for Research in Education
Association of Women Educators
Australian Curriculum Studies Association

Professional activities

Member, International Aspects Committee, Association of School Business Officials International (ASBOInt)
Editorial Advisory Board member, International Aspects Committee, Association of School Business Officials International (ASBOInt)


Teaching Interests

Course Coordinator, Graduate Cetificate, Education Business Leadership
I supervise 10 PhD students
Masters by research supervision: EXR 790; EXR 796; EXR 797


Awards and prizes

Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Fellow, Australian College of Educators
Fellow, International Economic Development and Researh Center, HK
Telstra Business Women's Awards, Australian and Victorian winner, 2004, not-for-profit sector


Research projects

Polesel, J., Starr, K., Blake, D. (2012). Innovative partnerships. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with Partner Organisations: 1. Association of Independent Schools NSW, 2. Catholic Education Commission of South Australia, 3. NSW Education and Communities State Training Services, 4. Department of Education and Childrens Services South Australia, 5. Catholic Education Commission of NSW, 6. Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, 7. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Victoria, 8. Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. $340,000 and $189,000 from partners = $529,000.

Research interests

Educational leadership
Organisational change and renewal
Education restructuring and reform
Educational business and governance
Social justice and equity in education

Research page

Page custodian: External Relations Group
Last updated: