Vicky is the Research Coordinator for the Childhood Development, Education and Care group, led by Prof Karen Thorpe. This role is a fusion of administration and research as she project manages group projects and also explores her research on the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Workforce.

Vicky came to ISSR with experience project managing Government, ARC Linkage and ARC Discovery projects for the Strategic Investment in Farm Robotics (SIFR) program at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision (ACRV) and the Early Education and Development Team at the Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR).

Her current role at ISSR continues to build on her research management and research contributions to the ARC Linkage project, Identifying effective strategies to grow and sustain a professional early years workforce. For this project Vicky undertook data collection, data management and data analysis, and prepared research presentations from the findings. She now also contributes to report writing and authoring papers for publication based on data collected on this ARC Linkage project.

Vicky’s main research focus is on men’s roles in ECEC, and the influence of gender on child development and the ECEC workforce setting. 

  • Research Interests
    • Early Education and Care (ECEC)
    • Child Development
    • Workforce Diversity
    • Gender and Education
  • Publications

    Jansen, E., Sullivan, V., Irvine, S., & Thorpe, K. (2017). Informing Queensland’s Workforce Action Plan for ECEC: Group and service level variation in educator engagement, satisfaction, training and retention. Department of Education and Training, Queensland Government, Australia.

Staff Details

+61 7 3346 7807

Research Group Coordinator

  • BA(Pol & Phil)
  • PGDip(Dev)
  • PGCert(Bus)