Institute of Education


Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research

Developing world-leading research and scholarship in areas of teachers' work, teaching and teacher education.

Teacher and students learning in class

Director: Professor Martin Mills

About us 


Reducing educational inequalities and enhancing student and teacher wellbeing

Our researchers are committed to social justice and work through high quality research projects that critique unjust practices in education and promote viable alternatives for reducing educational inequalities and enhancing student and teacher wellbeing. 

Working across disciplinary and professional fields

We recognise that the educational experiences of young people and teachers are affected by the broad political and social context in which they live and work. We thus support research that works across disciplinary and professional fields to address educational problems.

Optimal conditions for teaching

Our centre recognises the significance of teachers' labour, intellectual and emotional, in affecting the life outcomes of young people. We thus conduct research into the optimal conditions (e.g. institutional, workplace, employment, sectoral) for allowing teachers (including Headteachers) to undertake work that makes a difference to young people in their care. 


We also conduct creative research that trials and evaluates innovative practices challenging 'conventional wisdoms'. 


Centre staff

Visiting academics

Academics from around the world who have visited our centre to collaborate on ground-breaking research:

  • Dr Amanda Heffernan, Lecturer in Leadership in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia
  • Dr Glenda McGregor, Reader in Education, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Australia
  • Dr Nicole Mockler, Associate Professor of Education, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Marnee Shay, Senior Lecturer, School Of Education, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Associate Professor Grace Sarra, Faculty of Education, School of Early Childhood and Including Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Professor Annette Woods, Faculty of Education, School of early Childhood and Inclusive Education, Queensland University of Technology
  • Associate Professor Katie Makar, School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland


    Our research

    Our research is designed to:

    • enhance the status and conditions of teachers' work
    • contribute to workforce recruitment and retention
    • identify curricular, pedagogical and assessment practices that contribute to high quality educational experiences for all students
    • address the educational needs of pre-service and practising teachers in the context of changing policy, curricular and societal expectations.

    Current projects

    Completed projects

    Related projects 

    Our centre also collaborates on:


    Recent publications by our staff related to the work of the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research:

    For a full list of publications, see centre staff profiles on the Institutional Research Information System (IRIS)