• 19 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research Biography

Andrew Bills researches educational policy, politics and practice in school communities and educational systems. He has held positions as an educational leader, diagnostic school reviewer, teacher, researcher and public education leadership consultant. He has extensive experience in research and consultancy partnerships involving international, national and state educational organisations including:

  • The Coaliton of Essential Schools (CES);
  • The Australian Education Union (AEU);
  • The University of South Australia (UniSA);
  • Research Fellow on two Australian Research Council (ARC) projects in partnership with DfE and UniSA;
  • Big Picture Education Australia (BPEA);
  • Youth Inc;
  • Catholic Education South Australia- CESA's Vision for the North;
  • The Department for Education and Child Development (DfE) and;
  • The Australian National Schools Network (ANSN).

He facilitates professional formation support for new and experienced school leaders and currently leads two research projects within the Catholic Education and Independent schooling systems. His latest work investigates the changing educational landscape in Australia in relation to the exponential growth of publicly funded Specialised Assistance Schools (FLOs) and Bespoke schooling entities.

He works within the research traditions of phenomenology and critical policy sociology, foregrounding emancipatory action research and appreciative inquiry methodologies for school development and leadership formation.

Research Interests

  • Education Policy, Politics and Practice
  • Student Voice, Empowerment and Engagement
  • Teacher and Leader Work
  • School Organisational Change
  • Educational Strategic Planning and Evaluation

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 30 Sep 2011

Master, University of South Australia

Award Date: 1 Nov 1999


  • HM Sociology
  • Phenomenology
  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • Education
  • LB2361 Curriculum
  • Inclusive research
  • LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
  • Transformative Learning
  • L Education (General)
  • Policy
  • Practice

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Research Output

  • 19 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 17 Article
  • 3 Book
  • 1 Paper
  • Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Are flexible learning options giving schools a convenient way out of taking responsibility for ‘difficult’ students?

    Howard, N., Bills, A. & Armstrong, D., 8 Nov 2019, The Conversation.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Scaled-up ‘safety-net’ schooling and the ‘wicked problem’ of educational exclusion in South Australia: problem or solution?

    Bills, A., Armstrong, D. & Howard, N., 30 Sep 2019, In : Australian Educational Researcher. 47, 2, p. 1-23 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The burden of lifting up the disadvantaged is not evenly spread

    Bills, A., 27 Mar 2019, The Advertiser Adelaide 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • Activities

    • 2 Membership of committee
    • 2 Invited talk
    • 1 Consultancy

    Australian Association for Flexible and Inclusive Learning (External organisation)

    Andrew Bills (Member)

    1 Jul 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Educational Leadership and School Development Consultancy work

    Andrew Bills (Consultant)

    1 Oct 2020

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

    CESA Middle School Leaders Days

    Andrew Bills (Speaker)

    27 Feb 202028 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    University of South Australia (External organisation)

    Andrew Bills (Member)

    1 Jul 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    SASPA and SAPPA Public Education Futures Discussion

    Andrew Bills (Speaker)

    1 Feb 20185 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk