DR Marian Mahat



  • I am Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and the Research Manager of an Australian Research Council Linkage project on innovative learning environments and teacher change. The major focus of my academic contribution is on how educational leadership can be enacted to improve student learning and outcomes in various educational contexts. Working across multiple fields of inquiry, utilising innovative quantitative and qualitative methodologies and interdisciplinary collaboration with other universities, industry and schools, I have worked on multiple collaborative projects, written numerous publications and presented in conferences in education. I have a clear, long-term, and focused research agenda on educational leadership that prompts new thinking and practice, evidenced by high quality research outputs. My work is driven by a desire to make enduring contributions to theory, methodology and practice in various educational contexts. This is evidenced in all strands of my core research program which is recognized nationally and internationally, exemplified by a strong record of publications, research grants and consultancies. I am currently the Research Manager of an Australian Research Council Linkage Project on innovative learning environments. As the lead Research Fellow and Research Manager of the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) project, I oversee all research activities and the dissemination of project findings in this multi-disciplinary project involving 17 education and industry partner organisations across four countries and more than 20 researchers across education and architecture. Additionally, I work with Australian and New Zealand schools to develop a capacity- and capability-building program for school leaders and teachers. I am highly passionate about building capacity and capability of academic staff at universities. I am series editor of the Surviving and Thriving in Academia and book editor of Achie   


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2016
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2015
  • SCTGR, University of Melbourne 2014
  • MEd, Monash University 2001
  • BSc (Hons), University of London 1999
  • Dip, Ngee Ann Polytechnic 1995

Awards and honors

  • Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, 2019
  • Teaching Scholarship for Graduate Researchers, The University of Melbourne, 2016
  • Professor John Hay Scholarship, LH Martin Institute, The University of Melbourne, 2013
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government, 2013
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Performance by General Staff, Monash University, 2004


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I welcome enquiries from prospective students working in areas related to my research expertise.