Centres and groups

The School of Education’s collaborative and interdisciplinary research efforts are having impact locally, nationally, and internationally.

Home to two Priority Research Centres and a number of active research groups, our research drives innovation and impact, transforming lives in our region and beyond.

Priority Research Centres

Physical Activity and Nutrition

The Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition investigates physical activity and nutrition for population health, with particular emphasis on education and health promotion strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.

Teachers and Teaching Priority Research Centre

The Teachers and Teaching Priority Research Centre aims to achieve high quality research, training and knowledge translation in the development and testing of interventions and innovations that will be used and sustained in the practice of teaching and teacher development across a broad range of contexts.

University Centres and Faculty Groups

University Centres


HunterWiSE is an initiative that establishes mentorship avenues for women in STEM throughout the Hunter region; promoting positive collaboration and sharing of experiences.

Study of Research Training and Impact (SORTI)

SORTI is focused on understanding and developing research and higher order problem solving skills, and the impact of research training and outcomes.

Faculty Groups

Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology

The Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology (AJEDP) is a double blind peer reviewed online journal, publishing research and scholarly reports from the broad areas of educational and developmental psychology.

Comparative and International Education (CIEGUN)

Comparative and International Education Group University of Newcastle (CIEGUN) brings together a critical mass of established comparative researchers exploring global educational policies and alternatives for contemporary times.

Early Childhood Studies

The Early Childhood Studies research cluster has a focus on research investigating children’s lives and experiences across a range of early childhood education and care contexts. This research focus includes the lives and work of adults who care for and educate young children, e.g. educators, helpers and parents. The early years of children’s lives has been a focus of significant policy and provision developments.

Global Education Research and Teaching (GERT)

The Global Education Research and Teaching (GERT) team specialises in teaching and researching the incorporation of Global Education within the teacher education programs at the University of Newcastle and researching its dissemination within the education system. We teach and research global conceptions of sustainability, human rights and social justice to develop active and informed global citizens.

Global Learning Equity Network (GLEN)

The Global Learning Equity Network (GLEN) aims to reinvent teacher education in the field of learning and the profound role teachers play in addressing issues of equity and student success.

Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education, Society (HERMES)

HERMES is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research network with two main lines of research: historical consciousness and history education.

Language and Literacies

The Languages and Literacies research group members come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including linguistics, English, literacies, history, science, sociology, professional development and school change, and curriculum studies. Members research in the areas of languages pedagogy, assessment, curriculum theory and design, sociology, professional development and school change, inclusion, representation, and media and policy analysis.

Leadership and Management

The Leadership and Management research cluster focuses on how to best prepare teachers and school leaders. Working with the community, collaborating with school leaders to help drive change, enable and empower every child to have great life and ultimately create a better society.

Research Training and Transformational Knowledge

Research Training and Transformational Knowledge research is focused on understanding the development of research and higher order problem solving skills.

Special and Inclusive Education

The Special and Inclusive Education group focuses on the domains of student learning and behaviour as well as teacher education and professional standards for teachers. Our background is in special and inclusive education and support for people with additional needs including severe and multiple disability. Aspects of particular interest include quality of life, communication intervention, positive behavior support, learning difficulties, inclusive practices and teacher professional development.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.