The Higher and Professional Education SIG is excited to announce that the key highlight of its AARE conference activities in 2013 will be an Invited Panel Presentation on Theoretical perspectives on research in higher and professional education by Dr Alisa Percy (University of Wollongong); Steven Hodge (Deakin University) and Jessica Gerrard (The University of Melbourne). The Higher and Professional Education SIG is committed to enhancing the theoretical profile of research in the post-compulsory education sector and in AARE generally. In addition, a number of key educational theorists in the AARE community will soon be retiring and it is vital to create spaces for early career researchers to participate in theoretical debates in educational research. To support these endeavours, the SIG Convenors, Catherine Manathunga and Sam Sellar, have invited three Australian emerging scholars to present as part of an invited panel titled Theoretical perspectives on research in higher and professional education. Alisa Percy, Steven Hodge and Jessica Gerrard will present fresh theoretical insights into some marginalised spaces in post-compulsory educational research, drawing upon their recent work on Learning Advising, Vocational Education and Training and Community-based Adult Learning.