Phillips is a lecturer in the School of Education, where she teaches early years, arts and literacy education. Louise has more than twenty-five years of experience in early childhood education and eight years of experience researching children’s rights and citizenship. Louise is currently co-principal investigator of Civic Action and Learning with Young Children: Comparing Approaches in New Zealand, Australia and the United States (funded by the US Spencer Foundation), leading the Australian investigation of preschoolers’ civic capabilities. Louise is one of eight Australians to be granted a prestigious Spencer Foundation major grant in the last ten years. To enhance and innovate explorations of children’s citizenship and civic engagement, Louise collaborates with community cultural development artists and architects to explore opportunities for intergenerational participation in the public sphere. 

PhD Topic: Young children’s active citizenship

Research Interests

  • Early childhood
  • Children's rights and citizenship
  • Storytelling as pedagogy and methodology
  • Civic engagement through walking

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Staff Details

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  • HASS Faculty Fellow (Semester 1, 2016)
  • Lecturer, School of Education
  • Diploma of Teaching, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Education, Queensland University of Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology