Doctor of Education

Champion education with the Doctor of Education Inquiry Pathway: Serving Society – Creating Equity, Diversity and Justice.

About the programme

Offered by the School of Critical Studies in Education, the EdD inquiry pathway encourages you to delve into how public-facing organisations may better serve the principles of equity, diversity and justice.

Organisations types could include:

  • Defence
  • Justice
  • Health
  • Government (local and national)
  • Not-for-profit
  • Arts and culture
  • Community settings

Designed for working professionals, this innovative doctorate prepares you to better understand society’s pressing problems and how their organisations might respond.

You will develop high-level skills to design and undertake independent and original research. You will also be encouraged to engage with powerful philosophical ideas underlying core social principles.

During the first two years, you will take part in a structured part-time programme. You will enjoy strong cohort support with your programme lecturers during this period.

From your second year onwards, you’ll have the guidance of two academic supervisors. You will be provided with collaborative support to prepare an original research project based on your own professional interests or background.

More information is available on the EdD programme page.

Miranda’s story

Miranda Makin
Miranda Makin

Associate principal Miranda is learning to be a more effective school leader with the Doctor of Education.

Research examples

To get you thinking about possible areas of research, here are some examples within the theme of “Serving Society: Creating Equity, Diversity and Justice” that could be refined into a doctoral research topic:

You work in local government or the health sector:

  • Explore the relationship between your organisation and the local community.
  • Explore an area that is resistant to change in your organisation despite policy initiatives.

You work in the arts sector:

  • Examine the nature and extent of unpaid work within subsidised or commercial arts organisations.
  • Map accessible and inclusive arts provision across your region; what are the blank spots and why?
  • Examine inequalities within arts and cultural leadership.
  • Explore what the value of equity/diversity/social justice means for the way you produce or programme work?

You work in the Police:

  • Explore the relationship between the Police and the local community.
  • Explore racial equality policies and practices in the Police.
  • Explore an area that is resistant to change in the Police despite policy initiatives.

You work in the Navy:

  • Explore the relationship between the Navy and its local community.
  • Explore gender and promotion in the Navy.
  • Explore some aspect of international relations for the Navy.

You work in a university:

  • Explore the academic and institutional role of critic and conscience.
  • Explore the effects of tagged funding on research conduct and reporting.
  • Explore the effects of restructuring on academic life (teaching, research, service, collegiality).

Academic staff

Meet the Critical Studies in Education team who will work with you during the first part of your EdD programme.


Assoc Prof Barbara Grant
Associate Professo
Phone: +64 (0) 9 373 7599 ext 48272

Professor Elizabeth Rata
Phone: +64 (0) 9 373 7599 ext 46315

Team members

Assoc Prof Carol Mutch*
Associate Professor
Phone: +64 (0) 9 373 7599 ext 48257

Dr Kirsten Locke
Associate Dean -Teaching and Learning
Phone: +64 (0) 9 373 7599

Dr Molly Mullen
Phone: +64 (0) 9 373 7599 ext 48678

*Associate Professor Carol Mutch will join the team in mid-2018.