Research expertise in education

There is a great depth and range of research expertise in the School of Education at AUT. Below you will find a short synopsis of the research interests and expertise that exists within our school.

Dr Nesta Devine

Nesta Devine. Professor

Philosophy of education: policy studies; Pasifika studies in education; Foucault; Derrida; Public choice theory.

Dr Andrew Gibbons

Andrew Gibbons. Associate Professor

Philosophy, Technology, Education, Politics.

Dr Georgina Stewart

Associate Professor

Research expertise: Autoethnography, Critical discourse analysis (CDA), Kaupapa Māori research, Māori education, Narrative research, Philosophy of education, Science education.

Dr Leon Benade

Leon Benade. Director Research; Senior Lecturer

Philosophy of education; policy studies; curriculum analysis; knowledge economy; ethics; organisation and educational leadership; research theory.

Dr Ross Bernay

Ross Bernay. Deputy Head of School; Senior Lecturer

Mindfulness for teachers, stress reduction.

Career, career counselling, career assessment, professional standards, career theory.

Neil Boland

Neil Boland. Programme Leader; Senior Lecturer

Steiner Waldorf education, education through the arts, alternative education, spirituality in education.

Dr Ruth Boyask

Coordinator of Postgraduate Programmes; Senior Lecturer

Research expertise: Changing nature of public education, its policy and practice; systems of schooling; school governance; educational decision-making; knowledge mobilisation; and the utilisation of educational research. Theoretical frameworks include public sphere theory, critical theory, policy sociology and pragmatism. Methodologies include case study, global ethnography, policy analysis, survey and comparative methods

Jyoti Jhagroo

Senior Lecturer

Research expertise: Phenomenological research of lived experiences, practice-based research, practitioner inquiry, mathematics education, and immigrant experiences.

Megan Lourie

Senior Lecturer

Research expertise: Sociology of education; policy studies; political economy; bicultural education policy, Maori language learning in mainstream school settings.

Dean Nugent

Dean Nugent. Senior Lecturer

Teacher Educator Pedagogies, Adult Learning, Spirituality and Wisdom.

Dr Lynette Reid

Lynette Reid. Senior Lecturer

Indigenous models and practices within the career development and education field; Indigenous career practitioners; Organisational career management and the convergence with career counselling models and theories.

Dr Patricia Stringer

Senior Lecturer

Research expertise: Capacity building for school improvement, Leadership, Education policy, Teacher education.

Dr Adrian Schoone


Research expertise: Phenomenological pedagogy, the arts in education, poetic inquiry, alternative and non-formal education, tutor pedagogy, youth studies, social pedagogy, education and development studies, and Pacific education.

Alison Smith

Alison Smith. Lecturer

Research expertise: Educational Leadership; student voice and agency; appraisal; leadership development; school 'image'; coaching and mentoring.

Jennie Billot

Jennie Billot. Associate Professor

Research expertise: Higher Education; Educational Leadership; Academic Identity; Postgraduate Education and Supervision; Researcher Development; Interdisciplinary Research.