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Associate Professor in Education, Southern Cross University

Louise has more than 30 years experience working with children across various settings, as an early childhood educator, storyteller, consultant, researcher and tertiary educator. Louise’s research interests include storytelling, children’s rights and citizenship, arts and rights based pedagogies and methodologies, decolonizing methodologies, sensation and place.
She has published more than 30 peer reviewed publications (most as lead author). Her co-authored book Research through, with and as storying (2018) with Wakka Wakka and Ngugi woman Professor Tracey Bunda is a Routledge best research seller in Australia/ New Zealand region. And her just released book Young Children’s Community Building in Action: Embodied, Emplaced and Relational Citizenship is co-authored with Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie, lead NZ CI on Spencer Foundation grant and is co-authored with Indigenous educators from site communities.

Louise is lead chief investigator of Teaching & Learning in COVID-19 times study on the teaching and learning experiences in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore & USA through the pandemic see


  • 2021–present
    Associate professor, Southern Cross University
  • 2019–2021
    Associate professor, James Cook University, Singapore
  • 2012–2019
    Course coordinator, The University of Queensland


  • 2010 
    Queensland University of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1998 
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Education
  • 1990 
    Macquarie University, Diploma of Teaching

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Beyond global discourses of data: Storying learning in marginalised schools
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2014
    Civic Action and Learning with Young Children: Comparing Approaches in New Zealand, Australia and the United States
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Spencer Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association for Research in Education

Research Areas

  • Humanities And Social Sciences Curriculum And Pedagogy (Excl. Economics, Business And Management) (130205)
  • English And Literacy Curriculum And Pedagogy (Excl. Lote, Esl And Tesol) (130204)
  • Early Childhood Education (Excl. Maori) (130102)
  • Sociology Of Education (160809)
  • Creative Arts, Media And Communication Curriculum And Pedagogy (130201)
  • Continuing And Community Education (130101)