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Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University

Steven Lewis is Associate Professor of Comparative Education at Australian Catholic University. His research is located across policy sociology, comparative and international education and critical geography. Steven is currently interested in how education policy making and governance, and teacher professional learning and expertise, are being reshaped by new forms of digital data, algorithms and infrastructures and new policy temporalities and spaces. His most recent books include "Assembling Comparison: Understanding Education Policy through Mobility and Assemblage" (Bristol University Press, 2024) and "PISA, Policy and the OECD: Respatialising Global Educational Governance Through PISA for Schools" (Springer, 2020).

Steven has more than 15 years of experience as an educator, including 6 years as a high school mathematics and science teacher in Queensland, and 9 years as a university professor and researcher in Queensland, Kansas (USA) and Victoria. Since completing his Ph.D. in 2016, he has published more than 50 scholarly outputs, including books, journal articles, book chapters and reports. Steven also frequently participates in public debates around schooling policy and accountability, writing in outlets such as The Conversation, The Herald Sun and EduResearch Matters, as well as appearing live on Australian TV and radio (ABC, 7News)


  • 2021–present
    Associate professor, Australian Catholic University
  • 2019–2021
    ARC Research Fellow, Deakin University
  • 2017–2019
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Deakin University
  • 2015–2017
    Research fellow, The University of Queensland


  • 2016 
    The University of Queensland, PhD
  • 2006 
    The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Education
  • 2004 
    The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Globalising School Reform Through Online Teacher Professional Learning
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • AARE SIG Co-Covenor: Politics and Policy in Education