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Venesser Fernandes

Lecturer in Leadership Studies, Monash University

I work actively as a Lecturer in the Masters of Leadership and Masters of Education programs within the Faculty of Education, Monash University.
My areas of teaching and research interest include: Educational Leadership and Organisational Studies; School Leadership; School Accountability and Improvement Systems, Data-Informed Decision-making Processes; Evidence-based School Improvement Systems, Change Management Systems; and, Quality Management Systems. I also teach in a Victorian Principal Preparation Program that focuses on the leadership development of aspiring Victorian public-school principals since 2014. Other areas of research interest include: Sustainable Life practices, Leadership for Environmental and Sustainable Education, Indigenous Youth Leadership Development and Youth/Under-Graduate/Graduate/Post-Graduate Employability Skills.
I am currently co-supervising 8 PhD students. To date I have 4 PhD completions, 2 Masters completions and 2 Post-Graduate in Educational Research completions.
I have worked as a School Reviewer for the Department of Education & Training, Victoria and continue to actively research in this space.
Currently I am publishing and presenting from my case-study research (2016-18) within schools that investigated the effectiveness of data-informed decision-making processes used in Victoria across public, independent and Catholic school systems and focused upon the leadership function that facilitates these processes.
From 2020 onwards, I will be researching on identifying strengths-based leadership practices of school principals across Victoria using a mixed-methods approach.
I am a member of the Generational Renewal, Inclusion and Diversity sub-committee for the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement. I am a Global Representative for the AERA SIG- Data-driven decision making.
I serve as a reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals in the educational leadership, administration and management.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Leadership and Management, Monash University


  • 2013 
    Monash University, Ph D (Education)