Emma Rowe is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Deakin University and 2020 Fulbright Scholar. Emma is a recipient of the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Grant (DECRA) 2021-2024. Emma's work examines educational reform and education policy, with an interest in school choice, privatization and marketization. Emma's work has held a long-term interest in the reform of public schooling across OECD countries.
Emma is the recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Qualitative Research SIG (2015) and Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship (2020). Her work is regularly featured in leading media including ABC Television, radio, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
She publishes in world-leading journals including Journal of Education Policy, the Australian Educational Researcher and Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Critical Studies in Education (Q1 Journal).
Emma teaches into undergraduate and postgraduate education courses at Deakin. She previously held the Global Education Program (GEP) Coordinator role. 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.Read more on Emma's profile
- 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.
* Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Grant (DECRA) 2021-2024.
* Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar 2020. https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/news-and-media-releases/articles/deakin-arts-and-education-researchers-named-2020-fulbright-scholars
* The Australian Educational Researcher Best Paper Award 2020 (Springer Publications).
* 'Outstanding Dissertation Award': American Education Research Association Qualitative Research SIG (2015).
* Excellence in Research Award, Early Career Researcher: Deakin University School of Education 2017.
* Invited respondent: "What is changing in the classroom internationally?: Measuring Innovation for Improvement" with Stephan Vincent-Lancrin (OECD), Felice Levine (AERA), Ingrid Gogolin (Hamburg), Anne Goodwin (Columbia). University of Tokyo, 8th August 2019.
* Invited Keynote Speaker: 7th VCE Transnational Conference, Xi'an China 2018.
* Invited Speaker: Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu, China 2018.
* Invited Speaker: Deakin REDI School of Research Day 2018.
* Invited Symposium, World Education Research Association, Tokyo 2019. Paper co-authored with Christopher Lubienski, Sue Winton and Samantha Hedges. An invited symposium is competitively selected as a flagship WERA event.
* Featured Symposium: Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Sydney 2018 (with Profs Marie Brennan, Lew Zipin, Jane Kenway). A featured symposium is competitively selected to showcase current and outstanding research.
* Featured Symposium: Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Sydney 2018 (with Prof Lingard, Perry, Winton, Savage, Yoon). A featured symposium is competitively selected to showcase current and outstanding research.
* Featured Symposium: British Education Research Association meeting, Manchester, United Kingdom 2019. Sponsored by The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)- selected to represent AARE. A featured symposium is competitively selected to showcase current and outstanding research.
* Policy and politics around public schooling: funding, school choice, reform.
* Philanthropy in public schooling.
* School segregation.
- Pedagogy - theory and practice.
- Policy - teacher reform, privatization, marketization.
- Sociology - race, gender, class.
- Intercultural capacities of global teachers.
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)
Emma is a Fellow at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University USA. https://ceep.indiana.edu/team/index.html
Invited Guest Lecturer: Yale University, September 2022.
Invited Guest Lecturer: Melbourne University, February 2021.
Areas of Expertise:
- Education policy and politics
- School choice
- Education funding
- Global reform
- Qualitative methodology
See publications within the field of education:
Associate Editor: Critical Studies in Education (Q1 peer-reviewed journal)
Committees at Deakin University (Previous):
* 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
Emma's research is regularly cited , across a broad range of media including local and national newspapers, television, radio and podcasts.
The following is a short list of selected citations:
* Podcast Interview with the American Educational Research Association, Qualitative Research SIG (1/03/2018). See: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/aeraqrsig/episodes/2018-02-28T13_06_55-08_00
* Television Interview with ABC (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1T_cpRx_cU&feature=youtu.be
* Meet the Educational Researcher podcast: https://soundcloud.com/eetheducationesearcher/public-schools-private-schools-and-the-market-emma-rowe
* Requested for comment, or research taken up in newspapers with national circulation: The ABC Special Investigation: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-13/rich-school-poor-school-australias-great-education-divide/11383384#
Research used as a feature story in Sydney Morning Herald, and featured on The Project Television, ABC Radio Sydney, ABC Radio Adelaide (and many others): https://www.smh.com.au/education/shopping-for-good-public-schools-in-nsw-reinforcing-equity-gap-research-20170626-gwyqtb.html
Research used as an 'Exclusive' in The Age newspaper: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/the-real-cost-of-attending-a-melbourne-state-school-20180428-p4zc83.html
Requested for comment, e.g. The ABC News: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-03/why-some-australian-private-schools-are-overfunded/7898442;
The Age Newspaper: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/it-hurts-us-immensely-victorian-education-department-predicts-funding-shortfalls-for-students-20161007-grxnjw.html
The Saturday Paper: https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2016/10/08/australia-scoring-low-marks-education/14758452003825
Sydney Morning Herald: https://www.smh.com.au/education/anxious-parents-play-the-waiting-game-20100730-10z6e.html
REDI Education Governance and Policy: http://www.deakin.edu.au/redi/our-team-and-publications
Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Grant (DECRA) 2021-2024.
Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar 2020.
Best Paper Award, Australian Education Researcher 2020.
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.
"A study of autonomous schools in New South Wales" - a project funded by REDI, Deakin University (2019-2020).
"Tracing policy-narratives around large-scale school reform in autonomous school settings"- a project funded by REDI, Deakin University (2017-2018).
Graduate Teacher Conferences: funded by the Department of Education and Training, Victoria (2018).
National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, "Success and Failure in Higher Education on uneven playing fields" - funded project by NCSEHE (2018).
See list of publications up-to-date:
Venture philanthropy and the rise of external actors in Australian education
(2022), pp. 167-183, The Rise of External Actors in Education: Shifting Boundaries Globally and Locally, Bristol, Great Britain, B1
Voluntary school fees in segregated public schools: how selective public schools turbo-charge inequity and funding gaps
E Rowe, L Perry
(2022), Vol. 58, pp. 106-123, Comparative Education, C1
School segregation: theoretical insights and future directions
L Perry, E Rowe, C Lubienski
(2022), Vol. 58, pp. 1-15, Comparative Education, Abingdon, Eng., C1
The assemblage of inanimate objects in educational research: mapping venture philanthropy, policy networks and evidence brokers
(2022), Vol. 114, pp. 1-13, International Journal of Educational Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
Philanthrocapitalism and the State: Mapping the Rise of Venture Philanthropy in Public Education in Australia
(2022), pp. 1-23, ECNU Review of Education, London, Eng., C1
Policy networks and venture philanthropy: a network ethnography of 'Teach for Australia'
(2022), Journal of Education Policy, C1
Buying and selling the public school in the market: The politics of space and boundary crossings for urban school choosers
(2021), pp. 184-197, Privatisation and Commercialisation in Public Education: How the Public Nature of Schooling is Changing, London, Eng., B1
Venture philanthropy in public schools in Australia: tracing policy mobility and policy networks
(2021), Journal of Education Policy, C1
Private financing in urban public schools: inequalities in a stratified education marketplace
E Rowe, L Perry
(2020), Vol. 47, pp. 19-37, Australian Educational Researcher, C1
Inequalities in the private funding of public schools: parent financial contributions and school socioeconomic status
Emma Rowe, Laura Perry
(2020), Vol. 52, pp. 42-59, Journal of educational administration and history, London, ENg., C1
Private actors and public goods: a comparative case study of funding and public governance in K-12 education in 3 global cities
S Hedges, S Winton, E Rowe, C Lubienski
(2020), Vol. 52, pp. 103-119, Journal of Educational Administration and History, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Reading Islamophobia in education policy through a lens of critical race theory: a study of the 'funding freeze' for private Islamic schools in Australia
(2020), Vol. 5, pp. 54-73, Whiteness and education, London, Eng., C1
Counting national school enrolment shares in Australia: the political arithmetic of declining public school enrolment
(2020), Vol. 47, pp. 517-535, Australian Educational Researcher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1
The youth bulge: remaking precarity in times of illegitimacy
(2019), pp. 186-206, Young people and the politics of hope and outrage, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1
Global social movements and dialogical pedagogy: politics, power and process
E Rowe, Jessica Gerrard
(2019), pp. 28-41, Re-imagining education for democracy, Abingdon, Eng., B1
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, C1
Capitalism without capital: the intangible economy of education reform
(2019), Vol. 40, pp. 271-279, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Templates, typologies and typifications: neoliberalism as keyword
E Rowe, Christopher Lubienski, Andrew Skourdoumbis, Jessica Gerrard, David Hursh
(2019), Vol. 40, pp. 150-161, Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Success and failure in higher education on uneven playing fields
Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Rola Ajjawi, Emma Rowe, Andrew Skourdoumbis, Matthew Thomas, Sarah O'Shea, Sue Bennett, Brandi Fox, Peter Alsen
(2019), [Bentley, W.A.], A6
Breaking from the field: participant observation and Bourdieu's participant objectivation
(2018), pp. 99-112, Bourdieu’s field theory and the social sciences, Singapore, B1
Middle-class school choice in urban spaces: the economics of public schooling and globalized education reform
(2017), Abingdon, Eng., A1
Middle-class school choice in the urban: educational campaigns for public schools
(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 945-958, Second international handbook of urban education, Berlin, Germany, B1
Politics, religion and morals: the symbolism of public schooling for the urban middle-class identity
(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 36-50, International Studies in Sociology of Education, 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, C1
Theorising geo-identity and David Harvey's space: school choices of the geographically bound middle-class
(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
(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
Australian Competitive Grants
Venture philanthropy in public education: governance, policy and practice
Dr Emma Rowe
ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
- 2023: $41,880
- 2022: $141,281
- 2021: $138,943
Other Public Sector Funding
Success and Failure in Higher Education on uneven playing fields.
A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Prof Rola Ajjawi, Dr Emma Rowe, A/Prof Andrew Skourdoumbis, Dr Matthew Thomas, A/Prof Sarah O'Shea, Prof Sue Bennett
NCSEHE National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Research
- 2018: $23,281
- 2017: $7,906
Graduate Teacher Conferences: Design, Implementation and Evaluation.
Prof Julianne Moss, Mrs Kate Harvie, Dr Jacqui Peters, Mrs Kate Moncrieff, Dr Julie Arnold, Dr Cassandra Iannucci, Ms Claire Stonehouse, A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Dr Matthew Thomas, A/Prof Amanda Mooney, Dr Emma Rowe, Dr Brandi Fox
Department of Education and Training Victoria
- 2022: $238,011
- 2021: $582,596
- 2020: $344,395
- 2019: $244,037
- 2018: $182,564
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