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Deputy Director (Research) Peter Underwood Centre, University of Tasmania

Professor Kitty te Riele leads the research portfolio in the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment at the University of Tasmania. The Centre is a partnership between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian State Government, in association with the Office of the Governor of Tasmania.

Kitty's research aims to enhance young people’s opportunities to access and succeed in education. Emphasis is placed on working with those in marginalised communities. Kitty is internationally respected as a leading expert on alternative educational provision. Much of her research examines and supports the work of flexible learning programs to enable marginalised young people to have better life opportunities through education and training. She is co-chair of the board of the Australian Association for Flexible and Inclusive Education
Kitty's additional research interest is in research ethics.

Key Books:
"Harnessing the Transformative Power of Education" (with Becky Shelley, Natalie Brown, Tess Crellin, Brill, 2020)
"Reimagining schooling for education. Socially just alternatives" (with Glenda McGregor, Martin Mills, Aspa Baroutsis & Deb Hayes, Palgrave, 2017).
"Ethics and Education Research" (with Rachel Brooks and Meg Maguire, SAGE, 2014)
"Negotiating ethical challenges in youth research" (with Rachel Brooks, Routledge, 2013)
"Making Schools Different: Alternative approaches to educating young people" (SAGE, 2009)

Key research reports:
Supporting Expecting and Parenting Teens (SEPT) Trial -
Learning at home during COVID-19 -
Literacy Teaching in Tasmania: Teaching Practice and Teacher Learning -,-te-Riele-and-Stratford-2019b.pdf
Improving educational connection for young people in custody -
Flexible learning programs in Australia -

Fact sheets - see


  • 2012–present
    Principal Research Fellow, Victoria University
  • 2007–2012
    Senior Lecturer, UTS
  • 2004–2007
    Lecturer, UTS
  • 2002–2003
    Lecturer, USyd


  • 2003 
    USyd, PhD
  • 1993 
    Nijmegen, MEd(Hons)


  • 2013
    Negotiating ethical challenges in youth research,
  • 2012
    Challenging the logic behind government policies for school completion, Journal of Educational Administration and History
  • 2011
    Raising educational attainment: How young people’s experiences speak back to the ‘Compact with young Australians’, Critical Studies in Education
  • 2010
    Philosophy of hope: Concepts and applications for working with marginalised youth, Journal of Youth Studies
  • 2009
    Making Schools Different: Alternative Approaches to Educating Young People,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    School retention through alternative schooling: Towards a socially just approach to education
    Funding Source:
    ARC DP
  • 2012
    Putting the jigsaw together: Innovative learning engagement programs in Australia
    Funding Source:
    Ian Potter Foundation

Research Areas

  • Secondary Education (130106)
  • Education Policy (160506)
  • Sociology Of Education (160809)