Making a meaningful difference
to people's lives

ISSR works to support the conditions for children, young people and mature learners to achieve their educational and life potential. We aim to provide social-scientific foundations and evidence in education that will lead to building and sustaining positive life trajectories.

ISSR researchers seek to understand and improve quality, practice and access in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector. Using social science, cognitive and developmental science, ISSR research influences policy, workforce and funding models. Researchers are advancing new knowledge about how ECEC contexts and the practice of educators to impact on early life experiences, with consequent effects on relationships, behaviours, learning and health. 

ISSR researchers are developing new knowledge about aspirations, participation, achievement and attainment in primary and secondary schools, and higher education. Parental engagement in education settings and child and student learning is important for positive educational outcomes.  Our researchers are looking at new ways to engage and support parents to take active roles in their children’s education. 

ISSR’s work in education has a strong focus on educational equity, identifying the enablers and barriers to effective engagement and educational success for people from diverse social, cultural and economic backgrounds. Our work leverages cutting edge innovative statistical and data analytic methodologies, and has a strong focus on practice, through evaluating major educational initiatives and trialling new interventions.


  • Achieving equity in opportunities and improving outcomes
  • Informing effective education policy and practice
  • Understanding education in the social context

Impact Themes

  • Equity in educational opportunities
  • Innovations and learning futures
  • Student experiences and transitions
  • Parent and community engagement
  • Learning analytics and evaluation


General enquiries

For general enquiries contact:

+61 7 3346 7471

Student enquiries

If you would like to enquire about studying at ISSR please contact our HDR Liaison Officer :

UQ Graduate School