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Senior Lecturer, School of Teacher Education & Leadership, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Naomi Barnes is an applied communications analyst who uses qualitative and quantitative information impact modelling to inform a range of socio-political phenomena observed in Australia and internationally. Spanning across disciplines, her research contributes to the effective communication of education research, practices, and policy. The growth of communication via social media has kept her motivated to develop models which show the impact of the platforms on policy-relevant factors, for example, university attrition rates, teacher use of social media, and the development and implementation of Australian literacy policy. Naomi recently expanded her focus to understand how school-parent engagement has changed, particularly the processes affecting the digital well-being of children and parents.

Naomi is a Lecturer in Literacy teaching English Curriculum and professional communication to future Early Years, Primary and Secondary teachers. She has worked for Education Queensland as a Senior Writer and has worked as a Secondary English, History and Geography teacher in the government, Catholic and Independent schooling sectors.


  • 2020–2021
    Senior lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2018–2020
    Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2017–2018
    Assistant researcher, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2011–2017
    Assistant lecturer, Griffith University


  • 2015 
    Griffith University, PhD
  • 2007 
    Griffith University, MArts (History)
  • 1997 
    Queensland University of Technology, BEd (Secondary)

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Internet Researchers
  • Australian Association of Research in Education

Research Areas

  • Education Systems (1301)
  • Sociology Of Education (160809)