From the President

Welcome to AARE in 2021

AARE is made up of experts in all fields of educational research. We are as diverse as the educational questions we investigate; committed to improving both policy and practice in education, and to making education research accessible to anyone interested in education.

I have had long association with AARE and am honoured to be the current President. The Association has a 50-year proud history in commitment to educational research, researcher development and research excellence. It is a professional body with a high profile and an important mission to fulfil, and a community with strong commitment to early career researchers, offering a range of ways for researchers to gather, share ideas and recognise achievements.

Thank you to all members in 2020, attending events and meetings on-line, and engaging with key issues for students, teachers and academics arising from the pandemic. I wish you a productive 2021 and hope to meet many of you at our conference this year. We can plan for a revival of face to face meetings, but also new models of delivery that will serve the Association well in the years to come.

I would like to reiterate the words of our past President Deb Hayes that:

We are an Australian based association, and we acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians, whose lands, winds and waters we now all share, and pay respect to their unique values, and their continuing and enduring cultures which deepen and enrich the life of our nation and communities.

Please consider joining our association and contributing to the important work of research in Education.


Allyson Holbrook

Allyson Holbrook is currently Assistant Dean Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Newcastle in the College of Human and Social Futures. She has an extended background in educational research and a wide variety of interests in the field that encompass her early historical research on youth transition from school to work through to her main project in recent years in the area of doctoral learning and assessment.