Keynote Speakers

AARE is pleased to announce the following Keynote speakers for 2019

Keynote Speaker

Professor Tracey Bunda - Academic Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queensland

Professor Tracey Bunda is a Ngugi/Wakka Wakka woman and the Academic Director for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland. She has over three decades of leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education. She is a teacher of excellence and in 2012 was awarded an Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for Sustained, Dedicated, Inspirational and Far-reaching Contributions to the Education of Pre-service Teachers of Indigenous Students. In 2013 Professor Bunda received the Australian Association for Research in Education Betty Watts Award for an Indigenous Researcher for her leadership of the ‘Tellin’ the stories of teachers: tellin’ the stories of teaching’ project. Tracey has most recently been the recipient of a Distinguished Scholar Award at the University of Auckland in February/March 2018 hosted by Te Puna Wānanga (Education and Social Work) and Te Wānanga o Waipapa (Arts). Professor Bunda is committed to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s voices are centred in dialogues of race and power and she is particularly interested in the ways in which Aboriginal women’s agentic power can be brought to bear to counter continuing colonial contexts. The co-authored book Research Through With and As Storying is found at 

Keynote Speaker

Professor Fazal Rizvi - Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Fazal Rizvi is a Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne Australia, as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He has written extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, globalization and education policy and Australia-Asia relations. A collection of his essays is published in: Encountering Education in the Global: Selected Writings of Fazal Rizvi (Routledge 2014). His most recent books include a co-authored volume, Class Choreographies: Elite Schools and Globalization (Palgrave 2017) and a co-edited volume, Transnational Perspectives on Democracy, Citizenship, Human Rights and Peace Education (Bloomsbury 2019). Professor Rizvi is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences and a former Editor of the journal, Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education, and a past President of the Australian Association for Research in Education.

Radford Lecture Keynote Speaker

Professor Peter Renshaw - School of Education, University of Queensland

Peter Renshaw (Professor of Education at The University of Queensland) has a BA Honours degree from the University of Sydney (1971) and a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana (1981). He has worked for four decades in Schools/Faculties of Education across Australia, including the University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University, Murdoch University, Griffith University and The University of Queensland. Peter was President of AARE in 2001, and is now an Honorary Life Member of the Association. His research on classroom learning and pedagogical practices has been informed by sociocultural theory (Vygotsky), dialogical theory (Bakhtin) and theories of place (Somerville, Greenwood, Massey). Collaborating with valued colleagues throughout his career, he has researched dialogic learning (van der Linden & Renshaw, 2004), communities of learners (Renshaw & Brown, 2007), the politics of differentiation in schools (Mills Keddie Renshaw and Monk, 2017), beyond-humanist dialogic pedagogies (Davies & Renshaw, 2019) and diverse pedagogies of place (Renshaw & Tooth, 2018). For the past decade, Peter’s research has focused largely on place-responsive pedagogies. In this venture, he has collaborated with environmental educators across Queensland, and particularly with Dr Ron Tooth from Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre. They are currently conducting an ARC Discovery project with Professor Kumpulainen from Helsinki (2019-2021) entitled, Digital mediation of children’s interaction with the more-than-human world: Perezhivanie and literate practices. Such research seems crucial if we are to shift to sustainable and more just patterns of living with each other and the more-than-human other.

Pre-Conference Keynote

Dr Charlotte Pezaro - Consultant, Dialogic Education Services

Charlotte is passionate about primary teaching, science education, technology education, and working with teachers to become competent and confident teachers of science and technology. 

Charlotte has completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), a Graduate Bachelor of Education (Primary), and holds a PhD in science education from the University of Queensland. In her research, Charlotte examined the claim made in many curriculum documents around the world that “learning science helps people to make good decisions.”

Charlotte was a primary school teacher with Education Queensland for 6 years, teaching in remote, regional, and city locations. She also developed and coordinated several courses in the primary initial teacher education programs at the University of Queensland. Today, Charlotte is proud to be working with teachers seeking to improve their confidence and capacity to facilitate inquiry experiences for their students in their classrooms.

Pre-Conference Keynote

Ms Angela Barney-Leitch - Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy), Queensland University of Technology

Ms Angela Barney–Leitch is the QUT Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy), a position she commenced in February 2019. She is a Woppaburra Guami Enkil woman whose country is the Keppel Islands off the coast of central Queensland, Australia.

As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy) she is responsible for providing leadership in developing the strategic direction of the university regarding Indigenous matters, including institutional policy, strategy and advice in relation to all aspects of Indigenous higher education at QUT. The position plays a critical role in engaging within the university, external stakeholders and Indigenous communities, to establish effective and productive relationships. Ms Barney-Leitch ensures alignment of all related Indigenous initiatives and activities with the university’s overall strategic direction.

Angela has significant experience in Indigenous Australian education and strategic policy. Prior to joining QUT, Ms Barney-Leitch was the Director of Indigenous Policy and Strategic Innovation for the Queensland Department of Education. In that role she was responsible for leading the strategic development of education policy on Indigenous issues within Queensland.  She has been the Chair and Queensland representative on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Advisory Group, where she provided strategic policy advice to the National Education Council.

Ms Barney-Leitch holds a Bachelor of Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Employment Law and a Masters of Education and Professional Studies Research from Griffith University.

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