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Leanne Fray

Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle

After working as a teacher in public schools following her undergraduate training in teaching and social science, Leanne completed her PhD in 2013. Her thesis examined the sociological construction of risk in relation to the organised out-of-school activities of children in Australia since the 1950s. Leanne has worked on other research projects at the University across such disciplines as health and social sciences, including the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Leanne has extensive experience in qualitative research methods including focus group facilitation, data analysis, and the use of NVivo qualitative software. She has provided substantial and sustained research support to the Aspirations Longitudinal Study and has recently managed a number of HEPP-funded projects investigating the aspirations of students for specific higher education fields of study. Dr Fray is a member of the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre at the University of Newcastle


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Newcastle