Louise has more than 30 years experience working with children across various settings, as an early childhood educator, storyteller, consultant, researcher and tertiary educator. Louise’s research interests include storytelling, children’s rights and citizenship, arts and rights based pedagogies and methodologies, decolonizing methodologies, sensation and place. In the last five years, Louise has been a Chief Investigator on grants funded by Queensland Department of Education and Training, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Swedish Research Council and is one of 8 Australians to be a recipient of the highly prestigious Spencer Foundation New Civics Major Grants.

She has published more than 30 peer reviewed publications (most as lead author). Her co-authored book Research through, with and as storying(2018) with Wakka Wakka and Ngugi woman Professor Tracey Bunda is  Routledge’s second best research seller in Australia/ New Zealand region. And her just released book Young Children’s Community Building in Action: Embodied, Emplaced and Relational Citizenship  draws from the Spencer Foundation New Civics Major Grant funded study.

Louise was Convenor of Australian Association of Research in Education Qualitative Research Methodologies Special Interest Group from 2014-2018 and Editor of Practical Literacy: the early and primary years  (one of three Australian Literacy Educators Association journals) from 2014-2017. She has supervised more than 15 higher degree research studies to completion. 

  • ED1443: Early Childhood Arts Education (Level 1; SIN)
  • ED2991: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (Level 2; SIN)
  • ED3223: Advanced English Education for Early Childhood (Level 3; SIN)
  • ED3388: Third Year Professional Experience (Singapore) (Level 3; SIN)
  • ED3488: Third Year Professional Experience (Level 3; SIN)
  • ED4389: Fourth Year Professional Experience B (Singapore) (Level 4; SIN)
  • ED4461: Indigenous Futures (Level 4; SIN)
  • ED4489: Fourth Year Professional Experience B (Level 4; SIN)
  • storytelling
  • children’s rights and citizenship
  • arts based methodologies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Childhood and Nature
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - Special Services Award Australian Literacy Educators’ Association
  • 2015 - Walk21 Walking Visionary Jury Prize
  • 2013 - The University of Queensland Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences Innovation Award winner
  • 2008 - American Educational Research Association Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education Special Interest Group Scholarship
  • 2016 - The University of Queensland Humanities and Social Science Faculty Fellowship

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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  • Phillips L, Johnson H, Misra S and Zavros-Orr A (2020) Mothering bodies in unloving institutions. In: (Re)birthing the feminine in Academe: Creating Spaces of Motherhood in Patriarchal Contexts. Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 49-82
  • Phillips L and Finn R (2020) What emerges in playing in The Corner of artist-curated and created matter. In: Working with Young Children in Museums: weaving theory and practice. Global Perspectives on Children in Museums. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 53-61
  • Phillips L (2018) Walking with ethico-politico-urban-wonder. In: Embodied and Walking Pedagogies Engaging the Visual Domain: research creation and practice. Transformative Pedagogies in the Visual Domain, 8. Common Ground Research Networks, Champaign, IL, USA, pp. 15-35
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Transition Pedagogy for English Pathway Learners (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Informal Learning in a Foreign Country: A Critical Ethnography of Semi-Skilled Expatriate Workers in Oman (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • The child and the character curriculum; Philosophical and curricular foundations (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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