PROF Lyn Yates

PROF Lyn Yates


  • Australian education policy and practice; Sociology of education; Gender aspects of education; History and philosophy of education; Curriculum theory (Research methodologies and practices in education; Education policy.)
  • Theoretical and empirical projects related to knowledge, identities, inequalities and education policy and practice in Australia



  • Previous appointments:
    Associate Dean (Research and Development) and Professor of Teacher Education,. University of Technology Sydney; Associate Professor of Education La Trobe University; Director of Women’s Studies La Trobe University; Lecturer State College of Victoria, Melbourne.
    Visiting Professor and Visiting Scholar appointments:
    Univ.Umea, Sweden; Uppsala Univ, Sweden; Goldsmiths College, Univ London; Waikato Univ., NZ; Univ Syracuse, USA; Univ Bergen, Norway; Univ Oslo, Norway.
    Honours and awards:
    Honorary Doctorate, University of Umea, Sweden (1999); John & Eric Smyth Travelling Scholarship (1975-6); NZ Federation of University Women Visiting Scholar (1993); Norwegian Research Council Fellowship (2001)
    Professional Offices:
    President Australian Association for Research in Education 1998; Chair AARE Ethics Committee 1994-7; AARE Executive Member 1994-9; Chair of Melbourne Studies in Education Management Committee 1996-9; Australian Curriculum Studies Association Executive 2005-
    Editorial Appointments:
    Editor Melbourne Studies in Education 1993-5; Editorial Boards of Australian Journal of Education 1996-; Discourse 1983-; Education Australia 1995-99; Pedagogy, Culture and Society (previously Curriculum Studies (UK)) 1995-; International Journal of Inclusive Education 1996-; Review of Educational Research (USA) 1997-9; Critical Studies in Education 2006-; Series editor, Feminist Educational Thinking (Open University Press).
    Research appointments:
    ARC College of Experts (Social Behavioural and Economic Sciences) 2001-4, DEET Projects of National Significance Funding Committee 1985-6; Reviews of research centres, departments, faculties : U Tas; Uni SA; Deakin, Monash, Toronto.
    Teaching and supervision:
    In Education for over 20 years at all levels, from Dip Ed to Ed D and PhD. Courses   


Member of

  • British Educational Research Association. Member 2009 -
  • Australian Curriculum Studies Association. Executive Member 2005 -
  • European Education Research Association. Member 2005 -
  • American Educational Research Association. Member 1989 -
  • Australian Association for Research in Education. Member 1980 -


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 1988
  • M Ed, University of Bristol 1977
  • MA, University of Melbourne 1976
  • Dip Ed, University of Melbourne 1971
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 1971

Awards and honors

  • Honorary Life Member, Australian Association for Research in Education, 2016
  • Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, University of Melbourne, 2016
  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2009
  • Filosofie Hedersdoktor (Honorary Doctorate), University of Umea Sweden, 1999



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