Globalization, leadership and policy

Work, learning and leadership

Research and teaching in the Workplace Learning and Leadership (WLL) academic community is organised in two clusters.

  • Post-compulsory youth and adult learners and improving educational opportunities and experiences of school-tertiary education-work transitions, and
  • Workforce development in educational leadership and professional educator's work and learning in 21st century educational organisations and other workplaces.

Our research contributes to Monash University interdisciplinary research themes related to

  • Resilient Communities and Cultures: including learners, tertiary education, educational and employment outcomes, access and participation, social inclusion, transitions and mobilities, and
  • New Industry and Productivity: including tertiary education-industry linkages, workforce and workplace development, adult and professional learning, leadership and governance, migration and change.


The Workplace Learning and Leadership academic community has longstanding partnerships with the Victorian Department of Education, Victorian TAFE Institutes, the Commonwealth, public sector organisations, such as Victoria Police, the Defence sector, and private companies, including Visy). We are also engaged in longstanding international collaborations.

We have conducted productive projects with schools, TAFE Institutes, community and private training organisations, universities, public and private sector organisations, NGOs and transnational initiatives and projects. This breadth of professional service gives us a cross-sectoral perspective that is further enriched by our interdisciplinary academic expertise, drawing on economics, sociology and psychology, and on organisational and language studies.

Our collaborating partners and funders have included:

  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • National Centre for Vocational Education and Training Research (NCVER)
  • Australian Council for Educational research (ACER)
  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL)
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development [AUS, VIC]
  • Australian national organisations for head teachers and principals
  • Education Unions including AEU
  • Teaching Australia - Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Limited
  • Queensland Education Leadership Institute (QELi) Limited
  • Foundation for Youth
  • Transport and Logistics Skills Council
  • Department of Further Education, Employment Science and Technology, South Australia
  • (Department of Training and Workforce Development, Western Australia)
  • Department of Further Education, Employment Science and Technology)
  • Service Skills Australia)
  • National VET Equity Advisory Council, with ACER.


Skills and areas of expertise:

  • Our main teaching strengths target professional education for leaders and learning-development practitioners (school, tertiary and work-based settings).
  • Our main research strengths include expertise in Monash University Interdisciplinary themes of Resilient Communities and Cultures and New Industry and Productivity
  • We support professional leadership capacity building through supervision of higher degrees by research in areas including education policy and governance in Australia and other societies, university massification, participation, skills reform, changing graduate labour markets; education comparison and competition; globalization and educational change; migration and mobilities; youth and aging transitions; leadership; work-based learning. Currently we supervise more than 130 HDRs.

We can offer industry and educational organisations units of study and programs for the following:

  • Professional and interprofessional practice, adult learning theory, learner diversity, workplace learning practice and organisation, multi-media pedagogies, program design and delivery.
  • Leading innovation, strategic thinking, resource management, working with audit technologies, institution building and system reform, supporting and sustaining change.


Our research