Victoria managed and analyzed the qualitative data sets (n=98 Educators with extended biographical interviews, n=790 qualitative open-ended responses), on a nationally representative survey of Australian educators (n=1,200 completed survey), for the Early Years Workforce Study (ARC Linkage - LP14100652). In undertaking this work, Victoria’s interest in occupational diversity and disadvantage emerged, with particular focus on gender diversity and gender attitudes in a workforce undertaking care work of young children.

Through her work with Goodstart on the ARC Linkage, Victoria has been asked to join an international project researching men’s career trajectories in the ECEC workforce. This group consists of leading researchers from 13 different countries collecting data from men who are either working in ECEC currently or have worked in ECEC in the past (n=36).

Research interests

  • Early Education and Care (ECEC)
  • Child Development
  • ECEC Workforce
  • Disadvantage & Mental Health
  • Workforce Diversity


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.