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Mr 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 and contradictions of community based and not-for-profit organisations in terms of the spectrum from service to development. I was privileged to work with a diversity of experienced practitioners across this spectrum 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 as an outreach practitioner and am currently enrolled in a PhD with the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education, investigating the concealed impacts of outreach connections. I have an interest in the ways sophisticated participatory methodologies have the potential to make evaluative processes more productive, and to deliver nuanced and contextualised understandings of the underlying dynamics that produce program impact.


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
160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment 25
160809 Sociology of Education 50
130103 Higher Education 25
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)
Co-authors Matthew Bunn
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, (2019)

© The Author(s) 2019. In this paper we discuss recent policy attempts (in 2017) to introduce new frameworks for Australian higher education access and equity programs. These inclu... [more]

© The Author(s) 2019. In this paper we discuss recent policy attempts (in 2017) to introduce new frameworks for Australian higher education access and equity programs. These include introducing fees and a tendering process for access or ¿enabling¿ programs, as they are called in Australia, and an evaluation framework based on an evidence hierarchy for widening participation or ¿equity¿ programs. We illuminate how those policymaking attempts contradict the conditions required for equity-oriented programs because they misrecognise the experiences of the participants. We argue that different conceptual approaches to provision and evaluation are required for practitioners, providers and policymakers to shape future policy together (Heimans and Singh, 2018) so that enabling and equity programs can be understood in ways that value the knowledges and experiences of the participants involved (Sayer, 2011). Our aim is to contribute to work that disrupts the positioning of ¿objective¿ policy evaluation frameworks vs ¿subjective¿ practices because this decontextualises (Burke and Lumb, 2018) and oversimplifies (Tesar, 2016a), and may serve paradoxically to reduce the programs¿ impacts.

DOI 10.1177/1478210319831579
Co-authors Anna Bennett
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 (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Anna Bennett, Helen English, Pennyjane Burke
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 $208,135

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20191 grants / $113,996

International Review of equity in higher education$113,996

Funding body: Department of Education

Funding body Department of Education
Project Team Professor Penny Jane Burke, Associate Professor Peter Howley, Professor Andrew Brown, Doctor Matthew Bunn, Mr 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 / $94,139

Children's University Evaluation$81,320

Funding body: Anonymous

Funding body Anonymous
Project Team Professor Penny Jane Burke, Mr Matt Lumb, Mr Rhyall Gordon, Mrs Selina Darney, Mr David Pearson
Scheme Research and Scholarship Support
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1701461
Type Of Funding C3120 - Aust Philanthropy
Category 3120
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, Mr Matt Lumb, Professor Penny Jane Burke
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701621
Type Of Funding C3120 - Aust Philanthropy
Category 3120
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, Mr 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.

Mr Matt Lumb

Position

Associate Director
Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education
Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Ed.
Academic Division

Contact Details

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

Office

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