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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;
  • Ngutu College;
  • Catholic Education South Australia- CESA's Vision for the North;
  • The Department for Education and Child Development (DfE);
  • The Australian National Schools Network (ANSN); and 
  • The SACE Board.

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

Supervised Students Successes

  • Mar 2021 Esther Yu - Educational Doctorate
  • Aug 2020 Murray Fletcher - PhD
  • Mar 2020 Sabilil Mutaqin - PhD
  • Apr 2019 Khambane Panachay - PhD
  • Mar 2016 Peter Scragg - Educational Doctorate

Completed Supervisions

Associate Supervisions:
  • Phenomenology (1)
  • Sociology of Leadership (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Uncritical School Teacher: Three lessons about student engagement in neoliberal times, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 30 Sept 2011

Master, Educational and Career Counselling- University of South Australia, University of South Australia

Award Date: 1 Nov 1999

Research Areas

  • Education

Supervisory Interests

  • Education policy
  • Educational sociology and phenomenology
  • Action research
  • Educational leadership and management


  • 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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