Stuart is Chief Education Scientific Advisor, Professor of Education and Director of the Woolf Fisher Research Centre at the University of Auckland. His academic focus is children’s learning and development; literacy and language; the design of effective education for culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and cultural processes in development. His 9 books and numerous research articles in educational and developmental science are in areas of children’s development in family, early education and school settings; instructional designs and equity outcomes in education; and the use of design based approaches in large scale interventions with schools. International and national awards for research contributions include the Dame Joan Metge Medal awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, a University of Auckland Research Excellence Award and in 2014 being inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame. He has served on numerous international and national advisory bodies including the International Reading Association’s Literacy Research Panel. In 1998 he established the Woolf Fisher Research Centre at the University of Auckland and was its inaugural Director. He holds a visiting position as a Distinguished International Professor at East China Normal University (Shanghai). In 2011 he was made Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and has been the Chief Education Scientific Advisor since 2014.