Kira has more than fifteen years of experience in academic research and teaching in the Australian university sector. Until December 2019, she was a Lecturer in Education Policy within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. During her time as a university researcher (January 2004-December 2019), she completed more than 35 grant-funded and commissioned research projects, through which she developed high level technical research skills, and a deep knowledge of education and training policy trends in Australia and internationally. As a national expert in vocational education and training policy, particularly as it relates to youth transitions and young people Kira lead the widely cited Entry to Vocations study of VET in Schools (2012-2014) for NCVER. She completed two research studies (2014-2015, 2015-2017), funded through the competitive National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) program and in partnership with the Brotherhood of St. Laurence, examining the role of the vocational education for early school leavers.