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Michael Leonard Furtado

I am an education policy sociologist, with qualifications from the Universities of London, Oxford, Strathclyde, Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and Queensland (Cert Ed, Dip Soc Stds, BA Hons, MA (Politics), Grad Dip RE, and PhD, respectively). I have taught in all three school systems in the UK and Australia.

I was Education Officer (Social Justice), Brisbane Catholic Education and have held education lectureships at the Universities of Newcastle (NSW) and Southern Queensland. I currently work in social inclusion research to support a professional development project across Queensland called Discovering Disability & Diversity.

I am an Honorary Research Advisor in the School of Education at the University of Queensland. My main research contributions relate to diverse global denominational public school systems and their comparative educational outcomes.


  • 1998–2000
    Lecturer, Education Studies, The University of Southern Queensland
  • 1993–1996
    Lecturer, Education Studies, The University of Newcastle, NSW


  • 2001 
    The University of Queensland, PhD (Education)


  • 2009
    Historical Construction and Australian Catholic Education: some lessons for school funding ......, Discourse, International Journal of the Cultural Politics of Education, Vol 30, No 2
  • 2005
    The End of Modernist Approaches to School-funding Policy in Australia: a new rationale.............., International Journal of Inclusive Education, Vol 9, No 4

Research Areas

  • Education Policy (160506)
  • Education Systems (1301)


Catenian Scholar, University of Oxford, 1972-74