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Dan Edwards is Research Director of the Tertiary Education Research Program at the Australian Council for Educational Research. Dr Edwards is responsible for coordinating ACER’s higher education, and vocational education and training research. He leads a team of researchers with a wide range of expertise in policy research, assessments and surveys.

Dr Edwards’ research encompasses a range of educational issues, with particular emphasis on higher education. He has a keen interest in all aspects of education policy and has explored issues relating to demand for higher education places (both amongst students and employers), student achievement, student aspirations and pathways, selection policies for entrance to university, and educational ‘choice’ theories. He also has experience researching wider social issues regarding social stratification and demographic change.


  • 2008–present
    Principal Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research