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Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

Mary Leahy's research and teaching focuses on access to education, training and employment. Her research interests include: pathways; the interface between education sectors; transitions within education and between education and employment; vocational education; gender; women and work, the philosophical underpinnings of policy; Nussbaum and Sen’s capabilities approach; and theories of choice, preference formation and decision making.

Recent research projects have examined: training products, quality teaching in vocational education, choosing vocational qualifications, post-school destinations of young people; funding flows in the vocational education sector; and the feasibility of non-competency based qualifications.


  • –present
    Academic, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne


  • 2012 
    Victoria University, PhD
  • 2000 
    Monash University , Graduate Diploma of Arts in Asian Studies
  • 1989 
    University of Melbourne , Bachelor of Arts (Honours)