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Dr Matt Lumb

Associate Director

Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Ed

Career Summary

Biography

My commitment to the field of access to education developed through experiences as a community development professional working on projects in Australia and in parts of Asia and Africa, and as a classroom teacher in Australian high schools.

A formative time in my professional life was working for UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Fund) where I undertook a dual role in Australia as Education for Development Coordinator and as International Projects Officer (Monitoring and Evaluation). As Education for Development Coordinator, my role was to manage school and community-focused fundraising and advocacy initiatives; e.g. pioneering and managing relationships with NSW DET and NSW Teachers Federation around a new statewide initiative called UNICEF Day for Change.

As International Projects Officer (Monitoring and Evaluation) I worked in Australia and overseas to liaise between local stakeholders of development practice, representatives of UNICEF and other UN agencies in overseas development contexts, and the Australian Government - to monitor program processes, identify future funding needs, and produce nuanced reporting and evaluation products. This role involved numerous visits to development contexts including Zambia (HIV/AIDS orphans & prevention of transmission between mother and child), Laos (Child Protection against UXO or Unexploded Ordinance), Indonesia (Polio Vaccination), Vietnam (Iodine Deficiency) and Fiji (Health Technologies).

As a teacher in NSW public schools in the central west of the state, I gained renewed appreciation of the role education plays in relational processes underlying the possibility of community development. It was in this context I acquired a deeper understanding of the ways that pedagogy, curricular and assessment structures impact on subjectivity, identity and life trajectory.

Working for Australian Red Cross as firstly Refugee Support Coordinator and then as manager of a community service called Tenant Connect, I experienced the tensions, joys and contradictions of community work and not-for-profit organisations. I was privileged to work with a diversity of experienced practitioners and to learn about the ways processes of evaluation can themselves be programs of practice.

Since 2011, I have worked at the University of Newcastle, initially as an 'outreach' practitioner. Through the development of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education, I completed a PhD investigating some of the unintended consequences of university outreach connections. I have an interest in the ways sophisticated participatory methodologies can make evaluative processes more generative, and deliver nuanced understandings of the underlying dynamics that produce program 'impact'.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • community development
  • critical pedagogy
  • educational access
  • educational participation
  • equity
  • evaluation
  • international development
  • social inequalities
  • social justice
  • sociology of education
  • widening participation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
390303 Higher education 25
390203 Sociology of education 50
441001 Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment 25
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Lumb M, Bunn M, 'Dominant higher education imaginaries: Forced perspectives, ontological limits and recognising the imaginer's frame', Reimagining the Higher Education Student: Constructing and Contesting Identities, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon 114-131 (2021) [B1]
DOI 10.4324/9780367854171
Co-authors Matthew Bunn
2019 Lumb M, 'Unintended imaginings: the difficult dimensions of possible selves', Possible Selves and Higher Education: New Interdisciplinary Insights, Routledge, London, UK 93-110 (2019) [B1]
2018 Burke PJ, Lumb M, 'Researching and evaluating equity and widening participation: praxis-based frameworks', Evaluating Equity and Widening Participation in Higher Education, Trentham, London (2018) [B1]
Co-authors Pennyjane Burke

Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 English HJ, Lumb M, Davidson JW, 'What are the affordances of the digital music space in alternative education? A reflection on an exploratory music outreach project in rural Australia', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MUSIC EDUCATION, (2021)
DOI 10.1177/0255761421999731
Co-authors Helen English
2021 Phelan L, Lumb M, 'Higher education for times of climate crisis critical awareness, purpose and community', International Studies in Sociology of Education, 30 173-190 (2021) [C1]

Climate change impacts cascade across scales and sectors, and present specific threats to education institutions and systems, including reduced educational access, participation a... [more]

Climate change impacts cascade across scales and sectors, and present specific threats to education institutions and systems, including reduced educational access, participation and attainment by students. In this paper, we set out the pursuit of climate change mitigation and adaptation responses, grounded in commitments to equity and justice, as a renewed fundamental purpose for higher education. To this end, we suggest the understanding of public and private benefits of education that is typically applied to individuals may be usefully applied at institution and system scale. However, in the context of an accelerating climate crisis, adopting a renewed fundamental purpose will require institutions and systems to display critical awareness beyond the public-private benefits divide, towards an understanding of themselves as embedded in¿rather than separate to¿their broader communities and societies, and an acknowledgement of the particular interests that are foregrounded and privileged in the construction of their purpose.

DOI 10.1080/09620214.2020.1854828
Co-authors Liam Phelan
2021 Gordon RB, Lumb M, Bunn M, Burke PJ, 'Evaluation for equity: reclaiming evaluation by striving towards counter-hegemonic democratic practices', Journal of Educational Administration and History, (2021)

Formal evaluation of policies, programmes and people has become ubiquitous in contemporary western contexts. This is the case for equity and widening participation (WP) agendas in... [more]

Formal evaluation of policies, programmes and people has become ubiquitous in contemporary western contexts. This is the case for equity and widening participation (WP) agendas in higher education, for which evaluation is often required to measure ¿what works¿. Although evaluation has a ¿fundamentally social, political, and value-oriented character¿ (Guba and Lincoln. 1989. Fourth Generation Evaluation. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 7), an experimental approach, situated within hegemonic positivist epistemologies, has tended to prevail. In this paper, we argue that it is misguided to pursue evaluation with an apolitical pretext of independence and objectivity. Drawing on Butler¿s concept of performativity, we explore how hegemonic anti-democratic evaluation practices can potentially re-inscribe and reproduce the very inequalities that WP seeks to address. By critiquing the technologies of evaluation, we lay out one way of understanding how democratic evaluation practices can reclaim evaluation to make possible more diverse and socially just worlds.

DOI 10.1080/00220620.2021.1931059
Co-authors Pennyjane Burke, Matthew Bunn
2020 Lumb M, Burke PJ, Bennett A, 'Obscenity and fabrication in equity and widening participation methodologies', British Educational Research Journal, (2020)
DOI 10.1002/berj.3663
Co-authors Pennyjane Burke, Anna Bennett
2020 Lumb M, Bunn M, Burke PJ, 'Resisting homogeneity in higher education: perspectives from praxis', International Studies in Widening Participation, 7 1-7 (2020)
Co-authors Pennyjane Burke, Matthew Bunn
2019 Bunn M, Lumb M, 'Patient praxis: A dialogue between equity practice and research', International Studies in Widening Participation, 6 1-9 (2019)
Co-authors Matthew Bunn
2019 Lumb M, Burke PJ, 'Re/cognising the discursive fr/Ames of equity and widening participation in higher education', INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION, 28 215-236 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09620214.2019.1619470
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Pennyjane Burke
2019 Bennett A, Lumb M, 'Policy misrecognitions and paradoxes: developing more contextually attuned access and equity policies in Australian higher education', Policy Futures in Education, 17 966-982 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1478210319831579
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Anna Bennett
2019 Bunn M, Lumb M, 'Education as Agency: Challenging educational individualisation through alternative accounts of the agentic', The International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 18 7-19 (2019) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Matthew Bunn
2018 English H, Lumb M, Page J, Wilton J, 'Spaces of solace and world-building: A praxis-based approach to Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) outreach for equity and widening participation in higher education', International Studies in Widening Participation, 5 10-25 (2018) [C1]
Co-authors Helen English
2017 Lumb M, Roberts S, 'The inedito viavel (untested feasibility) of practitioner imaginations: Reflections on the challenges and possibilities of dialogic praxis for equity and widening participation', International Studies in Widening Participation, 4 18-33 (2017)
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Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Bunn M, Lumb M, 'Negotiating the nexus of research and practice for equity in Australian Higher Education.', Wollongong (2019)
Co-authors Matthew Bunn
2019 Bunn M, Lumb M, 'Forced perspectives, ontological limits, and the means of realisation: Re/cognising the frame when reimagining the higher education student.', Newcastle, Australia (2019)
Co-authors Matthew Bunn
2018 Burke PJ, Lumb M, McCleod J, 'Panel: Theorising new questions on gender, subjectivity and emotions', Melbourne, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Pennyjane Burke
2018 Lumb M, Burke PJ, 'Being, Framed: legitimate aspirations and mis/re/cognition in the sociological Ames room', Being, Framed: legitimate aspirations and mis/re/cognition in the sociological Ames room, Cape Town, South Africa (2018)
Co-authors Pennyjane Burke
2018 Lumb M, Burke PJ, 'Discursive framing, legitimate aspirations, and the sociological Ames Room', Discursive framing, legitimate aspirations, and the sociological Ames Room, Sydney, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Pennyjane Burke
2018 Lumb M, 'Unintended imaginings: the difficult dimensions of possible selves', Unintended imaginings: the difficult dimensions of possible selves, Cape Town, South Africa (2018)
2018 Lumb M, 'Unintended imaginings: the difficult dimensions of possible selves', Unintended imaginings: the difficult dimensions of possible selves, Sydney, Australia (2018)
2017 Burke P, Lumb M, Bennett A, English H, Ndagijimana L, Roberts S, et al., 'Provoking the edu-political imagination through praxis', Canberra (2017)
Co-authors Helen English, Pennyjane Burke, Anna Bennett
2017 Lumb M, Roberts S, 'The inedito viavel (untested feasibility) of practitioner imaginations: strategies arising from equity and widening participation dialogic praxis', Brisbane (2017)
2015 Lumb M, 'Positive Education Partnerships to Widen Participation', Positive education partnerships to widen participation, Geelong (2015)
2015 Lumb M, 'Widening Participation by Narrowing Digital Divides', Widening Participation by Narrowing Digital Divides, Geelong (2015)
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Lumb M, Hope, Newcastle (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $228,766

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20191 grants / $114,627

International Review of equity in higher education$114,627

Funding body: Department of Education

Funding body Department of Education
Project Team Professor Penny Jane Burke, Professor Peter Howley, Professor Andrew Brown, Doctor Matthew Bunn, Doctor Matt Lumb, Ms Belinda Munn, Dr William Locke
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1900518
Type Of Funding C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110
UON Y

20173 grants / $114,139

Evaluation for Equity$101,320

Funding body: Anonymous

Funding body Anonymous
Project Team Professor Penny Jane Burke, Doctor Matt Lumb, Doctor Rhyall Gordon, Mrs Selina Darney, Mr David Pearson
Scheme Research and Scholarship Support
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1701461
Type Of Funding C3300 – Aust Philanthropy
Category 3300
UON Y

P-Tech Think Tank$9,091

Funding body: IBM Australia and New Zealand

Funding body IBM Australia and New Zealand
Project Team Doctor Matthew Bunn, Doctor Matt Lumb, Professor Penny Jane Burke
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701621
Type Of Funding C3300 – Aust Philanthropy
Category 3300
UON Y

Educational futures: exploring emerging educational models in regional NSW and their impact upon student engagement and access to higher education$3,728

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Penny Jane Burke, Professor John Fischetti, Doctor Matthew Bunn, Doctor Matt Lumb
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701351
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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News

Research team to develop an International Literature Review on Equity in Higher Education

April 15, 2019

A research team from University of Newcastle and University of Melbourne have been awarded a grant from the Australian Department of Education and Training, under the HEPPP National Priority Pool scheme.

European Access Network

May 16, 2014

Staff from the University of Newcastle will attend the 23rd annual European Access Network being held at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Dr Matt Lumb

Position

Associate Director
Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education
Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Ed
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email matt.lumb@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7912
Fax (02) 4921 5613
Links Personal webpage
Twitter

Office

Room IDC211
Building IDC
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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