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Senior Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University

Dr. Steven Lewis is a Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education at Australian Catholic University, as well as an Australia Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellow. As an education policy sociologist, his research interests are concerned with exploring new spaces and relations of educational governance. Specifically, these include emergent forms of digital governance via data infrastructures and software platforms; data-driven modes of educational accountability; the education policy work of the OECD and other ‘non-state’ actors; and how these developments collectively shape the understanding and practice of education and expertise, at the teacher-, school- and schooling system-levels. In 2019, Steven commenced an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellowship, entitled ‘Globalising School Reform Through Online Teacher Professional Learning’ (2019–2022), funded to the value of A$ 447,772. Through this work, Steven has helped develop the use of topological- and mobility-informed thinking to generate novel approaches to the study of global educational policymaking and governance.

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 lecturer 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. His most recent monograph, entitled ‘PISA, Policy and the OECD: Respatialising Global Educational Governance Through PISA for Schools’, was published with Springer in 2020. 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 radio.


  • 2021–present
    Senior research fellow, 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