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Dr Emma Rowe



Senior Lecturer in Education (Pedagogy and Curriculum)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy (Education), Monash University, 2015


Emma Rowe is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, and the Global Education Program Coordinator. Emma teaches and publishes in a broad range of educational fields, including intercultural education, policy and pedagogy. She is an experienced teacher, with experience in the secondary school, vocational and university sector. 

Emma teaches into undergraduate and postgraduate education courses, in addition to leading a portfolio of international and domestic intercultural programs in the School of Education. She works closely with relevant internal and external stakeholders within the university and internationally, to design, coordinate and lead learning and intercultural experiences for pre-service teachers. Emma specializes in leadership within this field, in addition to research and teaching in pedagogy and praxis, intercultural understanding and global citizenship. 

Emma's research is further interested in education policy, marketization and privatization of schooling across OECD countries.  Her research is published in world-leading peer-reviewed academic journals, including Critical Studies in Education, Journal of Education Policy, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. Emma previously authored the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report (Australian Case Study 2017/18) on invitation. She also comments regularly for the media and writes for The Conversation. Emma has published a full-length monograph with Routledge, which is currently available.

Emma serves as Associate Editor for the ERA-ranked and peer-reviewed journal Critical Studies in Education. She is the coordinator of the Australian Association of Research in Education Special Interest Group (Sociology in Education).

Prior to joining Deakin University, she taught at Monash University, and worked as an editor, freelance writer and secondary school English teacher. She has previously held leadership positions in secondary schools.

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Biography summary

  • Bachelor of Arts (Creative writing/Literature)- Murdoch University, Australia.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)- Murdoch University, Australia.
  • Masters in Education- Monash University, Australia.
  • PhD in Education (APA Scholarship)- Monash University, Australia.
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Teaching and Learning- Deakin University, Australia.

Career highlights

Invited keynote speaker: 7th VCE Transnational Conference, Xi'an China. The title of presentation: Intercultural understanding for Global Teachers.

Teaching interests

  • Pedagogy - theory and practice.
  • Policy - teacher reform, privatization, marketization.
  • Sociology - race, gender, class.
  • Intercultural capacities of global teachers.

Units taught

EPP207: Pedagogy (Unit Chair)

EPP406: Professional Identity and Curriculum Work (Unit Chair)

EXR781: Education Research Methodology (2015/2016) (Unit Chair)

EDX701: Research Design Development and Method

EDX707: Independent Research Project for Professional Practice (Supervisor)

EEG302: Place Culture and Teaching in a Global Context (2017, T3)

EPP102: Learning Teaching Communities (T2, 2017)

Knowledge areas

  • Work integrated learning
  • Intercultural learning
  • School choice 
  • Education policy and reform
  • Global reform
  • Pedagogy
  • Qualitative methodology

See publications within the field of education:

Professional activities

Research Group Coordinator: Australian Association of Research in Education: Coordinator for Special Interest Research Group (Sociology in Education)

Associate Editor: Critical Studies in Education (peer-reviewed journal)

Committees at Deakin University:

* Global Education Program Steering Committee (Chair)

* Faculty of Arts and Education Teaching and Learning Committee

* School of Education Teaching and Learning Committee

* Professional Partnerships Committee

* Faculty of Arts and Education Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG)

* International Partnerships Committee

* Faculty of Arts and Education Academic Progress Committee (intermittent).


External memberships: Victorian Insitute of Teaching (VIT): Full Registration, Current

Media appearances

Research groups

REDI Education Governance and Policy: 


2017: Deakin University School of Education Excellence in Research Award

2015: “Outstanding Dissertation Award”, American Educational Research Association (Qualitative Research SIG).

2014: Publication Award, Monash University Education Faculty.

2014: Postgraduate Publication Award, Monash University Graduate Institute.

2011-2014: Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Monash University.

2013: Postgraduate Student Grant, The Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE), Annual Meeting.

2013: Postgraduate Student Award, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2011 Three Minute Thesis Award Winner, Monash University.

2007 Emerging Writers’ Grant, Deakin University.


See current projects and publications:

  • Area Graduate Teacher Conferences: funded project by Department of Education and Training (VIC).
  • Success and Failure in Higher Education on uneven playing fields: funded project (National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education)
  • Tracing policy narratives around large-scale reform: equity, disadvantage and accountability: funded project through REDI (Research for Educational Impact)


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Calling for 'urgent national action to improve the quality of initial teacher education': the reification of evidence and accountability in reform agendas

E Rowe, A Skourdoumbis

(2019), Vol. 34, pp. 44-60, Journal of education policy, Abingdon, Eng., C1


The youth bulge: remaking precarity in times of illegitimacy

E Rowe

(2019), pp. 186-206, Young people and the politics of hope and outrage, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1


Capitalism without capital: the intangible economy of education reform

E Rowe

(2019), pp. 1-9, Discourse-studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Breaking from the field: participant observation and Bourdieu's participant objectivation

E Rowe

(2018), pp. 99-112, Bourdieu?s field theory and the social sciences, Singapore, B1


Exploring alternatives to the 'neoliberalism' critique: new language for contemporary global reform

E Rowe, C Lubienski, D Hursh, A Skourdoumbis, J Gerrard

(2018), Vol. 39, pp. 675-677, Discourse-studies in the cultural politics of education, London, Eng., C1


Middle-class school choice in the urban: educational campaigns for public schools

E Rowe

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 945-958, Second international handbook of urban education, Berlin, Germany, B1


Middle-class school choice in urban spaces: the economics of public schooling and globalized education reform

E Rowe

(2017), Abingdon, Eng., A1


Politics, religion and morals: the symbolism of public schooling for the urban middle-class identity

E Rowe

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 36-50, International studies in sociology of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Shopping for schools or shopping for peers : public schools and catchment area segregation

E Rowe, C Lubienski

(2017), Vol. 32, pp. 340-356, Journal of education policy, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Theorising geo-identity and David Harvey's space: school choices of the geographically bound middle-class

E Rowe

(2015), Vol. 56, pp. 285-300, Critical studies in education, London, Eng., C1-1


The discourse of public education: an urban campaign for a local public high school in Melbourne, Victoria

E Rowe

(2014), Vol. 35, pp. 116-128, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, London, Eng., C1-1


The Australian middle class and education: a small-scale study of the school choice experience as framed by 'My School' within inner city families

E Rowe, J Windle

(2012), Vol. 53, pp. 137-151, Critical studies in education, London, Eng., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Success and Failure in Higher Education on uneven playing fields.

A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, A/Prof Rola Ajjawi, Dr Emma Rowe, Dr Andrew Skourdoumbis, Dr Matthew Thomas, A/Prof Sarah O'Shea, Prof Sue Bennett

  • 2018: $23,281
  • 2017: $7,906

Graduate Teacher Conferences: Design, Implementation and Evaluation.

A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Prof Christine Ure, A/Prof Andrea Gallant, Dr Matthew Thomas, Dr Emma Rowe, Mr Ray Messer, Dr Sarah Ohi, A/Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Julie Arnold, Dr Gaelene Hope-Rowe, Dr Peter O'Keefe, Mrs Kate Harvie, Mrs Jacqui Peters, Mrs Katrina Broadhead, Mrs Karen Chaur, Mrs Kate Moncrieff, Dr Kellie Sanders

  • 2019: $77,881
  • 2018: $182,564


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