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Associate Professor of Education Policy and the Future of Schooling, The University of Melbourne

Glenn C. Savage is a policy sociologist with expertise in education reform, federalism, intergovernmental relations and global policy mobilities. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. His recent book, ‘The Quest for Revolution in Australian Schooling Policy’ (Routledge 2021), provides a detailed history of schooling reform in the Australian federation. Glenn began his career as a music journalist, after which he became a secondary English teacher and worked in diverse school settings in Australia and England. Motivated by a desire to examine the politics of educational inequality, he pursued an academic pathway, which led him to develop a critical interest in how knowledge and evidence are used in wide-scale system reform. He currently leads an Australian Research Council project that is examining ways to improve intergovernmental collaboration between governments in relation to national education reforms.


  • 2017–present
    Associate professor, The University of Western Australia
  • 2015–2017
    Senior Lecturer, The University of Melbourne
  • 2013–2015
    Lecturer, The University of Melbourne
  • 2011–2013
    Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne


  • 2012 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2007 
    Murdoch University, MEd
  • 2001 
    Murdoch University, DipEd
  • 1999 
    Curtin University, BA