Theory Workshops

AARE Theory Workshops aim is to promote critical and engaged dialogue, to test and explore new ideas, theories and approaches, to meet and interact with other researchers who are at different stages of their graduate studies and academic work, to make connections, to encounter intriguing  ‘big ideas’, and to enjoy the challenge of intellectual exchange.

They provide opportunities for novice researchers to be immersed in theory, to consider how theory applies to their research, to learn from expert researchers, and to network with experienced researchers as well as other novice researchers.

The workshops are held in different locations across Australia each year. 



As there will be no travel for the workshops this year the scholarships for 2020 have been suspended. 

For more information on these scholarships

Theory Workshops in 2020

Theory Workshop: ‘What is Neoliberalism (and what are the implications for Higher Education Futures)?’

AARE Theory Workshop 21 October 2020 10am-12noon AEDT/11am-1pm AEST via Zoom 


Professor Tracey Bunda
Professor Bob Lingard
Dr Liz Humphries

On behalf of AARE you are invited to participate in the Theory Workshop Zoom, 2020. The Workshop targets ECR and HDR students and aims to make theory explicit for them through this workshop theme of Neoliberalism. Other interested colleagues might also wish to attend to also support ECR/HDR discussion in such uncertain times.

The theme is a question ‘What is Neoliberalism (and what are the implications for Higher Education Futures)?’ A panel of four esteemed presenters with varying specialty research areas, working from diverse theoretical perspectives are being invited to share how theory informs their methodologies and the ways this plays out in research design, data collection, analysis, and research translation activities. These four speakers, with expertise in work about Neoliberalism, will speak for 10 minutes, facilitate smaller discussion breakout discussions where you can meet and ask questions of the speaker, and then return to participate in a whole-group forum for a Q&A session. The place of theory in research agendas attending to Neoliberalism will be addressed.