Special Interest Groups

A Special interest Group (SIG) is a group of 15 or more AARE members with shared research interests. SIGs support networking with fellow researchers and are a benefit of their membership with AARE. SIGs undertake a diverse range of activities including organising events, discussion groups, research training, convening symposia, contributions to AARE news and the Australian Educational Researcher, etc. AARE members volunteer as SIG convenors. The SIGs Co-ordinator oversees all the SIGS and is an elected member on the AARE Executive.

SIGs are led by a Convenor and Co-Convenor(s) who are responsible for organizing the group’s activities and delegate responsibilities. All members of SIGs must be current financial members of AARE. Non-AARE members are strongly encouraged to join the Association to help support the infrastructure provided to SIGs by AARE.

Information for Convenor and Co-Convenor(s)

SIG Funding opportunities

AARE makes funds available to SIGs each year upon application and selection. 

More information


SIG Coordinator or email AARE

Further information

Special Interest Group Policy

Special Interest Group Convenor/s
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Melitta Hogarth, Tracey Bunda
Arts Education Practice Research Kathryn Coleman
Assessment and Measurement Lenore Adie, Fabienne van der Kleij
Early Childhood Jo Bird, Monika Krajcovicova, Kathy Swinkels
Educational Leadership Jeffrey Brooks, Melanie Brooks, Joan-Mary Hinds, Nicola Sum
Educational Theory and Philosophy Steven Stolz, Maurizio Toscano
Environmental and Sustainability Education Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Karen Malone, Helen Widdop Quinton
Gender, Sexualities & Cultural Studies Annette Bromdal, Leanne Coll, Lisa van Leent
Global contexts for Education Rhonda Di Biase, Lesley Friend, Miriam Ham
Health and Physical Education Tony Rossi, Nicole Taylor, Benjamin Williams
History and Education Claire Golledge, Julie McLeod, Helen Proctor
Inclusive Education Linda Graham, Ilektra Spandagou, Ben Whitburn
Language and Literacy Sue Nichols
Middle Years of Schooling Anne Coffey, Tony Edwards, Katherine Main, Kerry Renwick
Motivation and Learning Emma Burns, Paul Richardson
Politics and Policy in Education Jessica Gerrard, Radhika Gorur, Ian Hardy, Glenn Savage
Poststructural Theory Lucinda McKnight, Melissa Wolfe
Professional and Higher Education Giedre Kligyte, Catherine Manathunga, Jan McLean, Alisa Percy
Qualitative Research Methodologies Louise Phillips, Michelle Ronksley-Pavia
Rural Education Melyssa Fuqua, Erica Southgate
Schools and Education Systems Angela Ferguson, Rebecca Libke
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Amanda Berry, Susan Blackley, Jennifer Howell, Ann Osman
Social Justice Lilly Yazdanpanah, Tim Fish, Kristin Reimer, Julie Rowlands
Sociocultural Activity Theory John Cripps Clark, Gwen Gilmore, Jenny Martin
Sociology of Education Babak Dadvand, Christina Gowlett, Emma Rowe, Garth Stahl
Teacher Education and Research Innovation Angelina Ambrosetti, Thi Kim Anh Dang, Jeana Kriewaldt, Jon Quach
Teachers' Work and Lives Christine Grima-Farrell, Natasha Wardman
Technology and Learning Ulla Freihofner, Katherine McLay