DR Nicky Dulfer

DR Nicky Dulfer


  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (Disengagement)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (International Baccalaureate)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (Middle Years)
  • Education Policy (Equity and Access)
  • Educational Equity Policy (Pedagogy)
  • Educational Policy (High Stakes Testing)
  • Educational Policy (Systems and structures)



  • Dr Nicky Dulfer is a Lecturer within the Education Policy and Leadership Unit (EPL) at the University of Melbourne. She has nine years’ experience undertaking a range of research focused on education policy. Her research areas of expertise include issues of inequality and pedagogy within Secondary education and the International Baccalaureate. In the past Nicky has completed research projects investigating equity funding models, state funding models and equity practices within Catholic schools in Victoria. She was a lead contributor to a series of commissioned literature reviews investigating issues involved with early school leaving dropout, and a commissioned report outlining post-compulsory provision in the Western Metropolitan region of Melbourne. From 2011 to 2012 Nicky was a lead researcher on research examining the impacts of high stakes testing on school students and their families which culminated in the co-authorship of two high profile publications In 2011 Nicky co-authored a literature review focusing on. This led to further research on the impacts of high-stakes testing from an educator’s perspective. This was the first National research within the Australian context focused on the educator’s perspectives of NAPLAN. Nicky has been invited to present to a variety of key stakeholder groups, including Principals from Catholic Schools, a range of post-graduate students at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and representatives from the Department of Education in Queensland, Victoria, NSW, and a delegation from Chile regarding teachers’ views of the unintended consequences of NAPLAN. Nicky has recently completed her PhD which investigates the pedagogies teachers use with different groups of students.   


Member of

  • British Educational Research Association. Regular member 2014 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2015
  • M. Ed., University of Melbourne 2006
  • B. Ed., University of Melbourne 1992



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Nicky is currently supervising both Masters and PhD projects on a wide range of topics including the International Baccalaureate and curriculum options in low SES environments.